Divot Cove Golf Club

The Course

The first thing that strikes you about the front nine is that it's wide open with clear views of the surrounding horizon. The layout allows for the player to crank it up recklessly from the tee if that's their choice. It does play better from the fairway than the heavy rough and is easy enough to be cautious and have a better approach so it should appeal to both styles. The back nine plays mostly on the ocean's edge and the water becomes a large factor in determining your approach to each shot. I went with some very large greens for some holes and some that are relatively small for others. I get mixed signals on how tough my greens are but these seem very fair. I have yet to playtest pin 5 but can tell you that Pin 2 on hole 10 and Pin 4 on hole 16 are somewhat tricky. I tried my best to capture the feel of an island course and I hope you feel like your on vacation while playing the course.

The Design

I cheated on the background by mixing the horizon with shots from different islands, and then patching them together but they are all original Virgin Island backgrounds. I made a new sky for Divot Cove and spent an enormous amount of time with the textures before finally deciding to make the change from one to another very subtle. I thought the greens and heavy rough came out very well. I also struggled with the mix of palm trees and regular trees and studied countless photos of the region to come up with the proper mix of both. I threw in the seagulls because I love birds and they gave such an authenticity to the course. I brought in a few objects from Beacon Island and used many more stock objects than normal but the course still came in at 331 MB. Some of the trees are 2 to 3 MB and this really adds to the size of my course's.

The Layout

I think you'll feel like your playing two different course's when you get to the back nine. Holes #11 & #12 are very similar as are #13 & #16 but each has it's own peculiarities. I truly enjoyed designing all four of these holes but #18 is my favorite and though it's not as difficult as some of my finishing holes it can be tricky so be careful.

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Thank You for taking the time to download Divot Cove. I hope you enjoy your round and score well. I'm always open for feedback, good or bad and would like your opinion on the difficulty of the greens. Good Golfing and remember, swing easy and keep your head down!

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Eagle Heights

The Course

The course will be on the easy side for the seasoned golfers and it will have enough risk/reward shots to keep you on your toes. Avoid the errant shots that find the ample water holes and your score will reflect your efforts. Hole #13, a par 5, with two risky shots can become a simple eagle. Just take a normal tee shot to the far left of the fairway and avoid the sand trap leaving a straight shot to the green and you'll be putting on your third shot.

The Design

The design is a continuation of my efforts to improve my texture work and give the course a more realistic look. It's still a work in progress but improving. The background is new and I included three (3) new skies which I mix and match throughout except for the sunset sky on the last two holes. I created only a few new objects to keep the size down because I really don't want to hear how large the course is. My new system has a 1TByte hard drive but a golf course (well three golf course's actually on one plot) that was 90MByte created all kinds of havoc so no more of that for the time being anyway.

The Play-testers

My playtester's are golfers and they look at a design from a player's standpoint which is always helpful in my approach to a new course. Don 'Sarge' Pierce, Gary 'Acemeister' Hild and Don 'Gov' Schaffer playtest all my course's and spend countless hours searching for my flaws (which are many). Gov even came up with a great idea for the overheads!! Thank you guys!!

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I think you'll find the course fun to play and the challenge will be how well you can score. It's an Eagle Sanctuary and they make a lot of noise but you'll be happy to know that no matter how close they look from the tee or fairway you can't hit them with your shot. I would never put them in harm's way. Enjoy and Remember, swing easy and keep your head down!!     Steve Holden

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