Course Profile: Elmsley Island

I’m introducing a new feature here to go along with my Course Discovery thread over at the HB forums. I will try to backfill most of the courses that I have already played, and will post any new courses that I play going forward. I look forward to helping everyone get some visibility for their courses.

 

Elmsley Island

Designer: Chris Lane

Theme: Links

Firm / Speed: Med / Med-Fast

 

Elmsley

 

 

Designer’s notes: Elmsley Island is a hybrid track with the style of a traditional rural course mixed with that of a links layout. Precision driving is not a critical factor for scoring low as the fairways are quite wide and forgiving. However, precision iron play is a must to navigate the fairly quick greens. Several of the par 4’s are longer than average and can’t be reached in a headwind. This is offset by easy par 5’s and generally flat greens throughout the entire course. A few holes have difficult pin positions on hard slopes that can make par quite a struggle. But as mentioned, this is offset by fairly easy putts for birdies on other holes. All together, this leaves a nice balance across the course.

 

Elmsley2

 

 

Quick Review Notes: It takes a lot to pull a really nice looking course out of the Links theme, and this one doesn’t quite get the job done, being an earlier release. It suffers a bit from autogen rocks everywhere, random gorse, and shallow bunkers. Where it does excel, however, is as a wide and playable Links course in any wind, with just enough humps and bumps in the greens to make them challenging.

 

Elmsley3

 

 

TGC Tours Course Page

Tournament Version Course Page

Host of 2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open (Euro Tour)

 

Videohttp://www.twitch.tv/theclv24/v/10708209

 

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