You also have new options on who to play against. No longer are you forced to tee it up with the low-shooting pre-programmed stiffs in bright colored shirts. As mentioned before, you can play against the pros, or even online against real competitors! For those wondering, you can play against the stiffs, too, if you choose. But at least now theyre a lot more lifelike. The games sound is also much improved.
Ill admit, I havent had time to use the Arnold Palmer Course Designer to fully construct my own course yet, but I look forward to getting the opportunity to do so. There are any number of great courses out in the real world, and some Id even call my favorites. But I cant name one thats absolutely perfect. Now I can design my own. Or, lay one out that has a combination of all my favorite holes. Or, design a course to play like the track down the block. No boundaries to possibilities.
Im fortunate that one of the pre-programmed courses for Links 2001 happens to be in my neighborhood, Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia. I recently spoke with Westfields course designer, Gene Bates, and he described how his work was selected for the Links game: I got a call from Lanny Nielsen, a retired golf professional who apparently works with Links, and he said Gene, I just played, and video taped your new golf course in Northern Virginia. Id like to use it for our computer golf game, because unlike most places, theres not a gimmick out there. It will work well in our format.
Being fairly familiar with Westfields, I put the game to the testand sure enough, it was incredibly accurate in detail. Now I can play the game and find out the best spots to hit the ball when playing the course!
Its even conceivable the game could help you out in other aspects of the real world. You can adjust the game to match your club distances, or create computer opponents with your partners characteristics. Beat em on the course, beat em on your computer.
More than anything, the computer simulator will enhance your game management skills. It wont help you hit a driver 40 yards farther or sink a putt for you, but when it comes to making decisions that you might face in the real game on grass, its a benefit. The computer game usually gives you several optionsditto for real life.
To sum up, the Links 2001 game is great fun. It doesnt replace the real game, nor should it. The game of golf is much more than hitting shots, chasing your ball and marking down scores. Its being outside. Its getting some exercise. Its spending time with friends. But if you dont have five hours on a Saturday afternoon (and youve got an urge for golf), then the Links 2001 game is the next best thing!
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Check out the website: www.microsoft.com/games/links2001