Tye Dunes

Designer: Patrick Yates

Course Description:

This course is my favourite one I've produced. Links inspired this is definitely not true links, I have aimed for natural looking, but it is probably a bit of a golfing mashup. It started life in the HB Design Contest and has evolved a lot since. Using the texture swapping it now has a nice sand brown look which fits in with the coastal sand dune setting. Not set anywhere in the world particularly, I chose to build what I think is a really interesting plot. There are two versions, the tour version is firm and fast but plays very fair IMO. The other is a club championship version; for the members they have heavily watered the fairways and greens which can clearly be seen (thanks again texture swapping). Essentially this version is medium firmness and speed.

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
2016 The Honda Classic PGA James Morgan
2016 The Grey Matter Cup Web.com Marc van Stijn
2017 The Grey Matter Cup Web.com Fabrizio Costa

Other Courses by Patrick Yates

Course Name Theme Par
Sandford GC Countryside 72
The Links at University Place Countryside 71
University Links Countryside 70
Marazion Golf Club Tropical 71
Tye Dunes II Highlands 72
Royal Brumby Highlands 72
Sandy Foot Links Tropical 72
Marazion Golf Club 2016 Tropical 71
Stisted Hall Rustic 72
Tye Sands Delta 71
Corran Castle Links (Updated) Highlands 71

Member Reviews:

I will consider this Patrick's follow-up to University Links, because I'm not really sure if he released other courses in between or not. I have never reviewed University Links, but if you haven't played it yet, it should be high on your list to play.

This course takes all that University Links did well, combines it with the newer GNCD tools, and the result is one of the best fictional courses in the game, as well as one of the best firm and fast playing experiences in the game. The holes are very well-designed, and the combination of shorter holes and multiple pathways allows for a wide variety of ways to attack the hole.

If you choose to lay back off the tee for a better angle into the green, for example, you will still have a reasonable approach shot in, rather than the 200+ yard punishment offered by a lot of courses. In at least the Thursday edition, the pins are generously in the back of the green to allow for runout on the firm greens, but the greens are also designed to hold shots rather than reject them.

As good as the course plays, it looks even better. The truck on the first hole is a nice touch, and the visuals are great with an excellent choice of texture colors, and some of the best looking sand dune coastline created so far. If spending a long time on each detail of the course produces a result like this, then I will anxiously await Patrick's next release in, oh, Fall 2016?
Reviewed by: Craig LeVasseur on 3/14/2016