For those of you that received an email stating your course was not accepted and want some feedback on why, please post in this thread and tag Crazycanuck1985 our lead reviewer and he can start the dialog. Please put the course name as the subject. We'll do our best to give feedback on why your course was not TGCT approved.
Post by SmilingGoats on Mar 28, 2015 9:33:53 GMT -5
Mark the timing depends on the number of courses submitted and the availability of the reviewers. I see your course in the queue...there are about 20 courses and yours is in the middle. Shouldn't be long.
Post by jamesearl13 on Apr 16, 2015 13:32:18 GMT -5
MARYLAND COUNTRY CLUB
What we have here a good rough draft for a course that could potentially be a good one. The designer here took a lot of time creating an intricate network of bridges and did some nice backdrop planting to give it a nice appearance.
Where he fell short is that the fairways all were obvious auto-gens.There are a lot editing tools available to give them a shape other than just straight edges. You may also want to consider playing with options such as starting the fairways further out. There was some nicely created bunkers, but very few actually came into play, you can really up the challenge level by carefully placing them in landing areas, either forcing people to consider not using driver, or at least hindering the area in which they can land. Also down the stretch, many of the greens were just completely flat table tops. Theres no reason why a 45 ft putt can just be banged home without aiming.
I really hope that you saved an unpublished version of your course. My recommendation is to start the fairways later on each hole, and also spend some time brushing the edges. You may also want to consider adding some undulations. Also consider adding some more meaningful bunkering,and definitely work on the greens, they require more slope and challenge to be a proper tour course. The course would also benefi from some nice personal touches, as it stands now its pretty blase and lacks a real trademark to make it stand out in people's minds. Its also the 3rd course named Maryland Country Club, not sure if the other 2 were prior submissions of the same course. And this is just nitpicky, but Maryland doesn't really strike me as a place where I would find an Alpine themed course.
This was a nice effort and I almost always fell bad when I deny a course approval, but with some work and refinement I think that you have great potential.
Post by jamesearl13 on Apr 18, 2015 0:07:57 GMT -5
THE MIGHTY PARR
I chose to not approve this course because I found that greens were far too extreme, which I see that you acknowledged in your own course description. There's nothing wrong with creating very challenging greens, but you do have to consider pin placements, and really shouldn't be placed on an extreme slope itself. The slopes should definitely be there to challenge wayward approached and challenge longer putts, but I think having to aim 4 or 5 cup widths to the side to make a 3 ft putt is just too much. The course would also benefit from more work to the fairways, and some more visual enhancements using the vast array of editing tools. The course really wasn't that bad, but only the best of the best should be considered for the tour.
I did not approve this course for the following reasons: 1. This course did not play smooth and I experienced quite a bit of lag. I believe this can be attributed to the overabundance of Willow trees. I reviewed this on XBOX and I normally hit 100% on my swings, during this round I barely hit 100% 2. There were quite a few fairways where the light rough was inconsistent or randomly did not exist. One particular example was where the light rough just was missing and the heavy appeared to dive into the fairway. 3. I also noticed some untextured areas on one of the holes, but I don't remember which one. 4. I thought there were too many holes where the cup was hidden by tree shadows, which unfortunately makes for an unpleasant round. This is a personal preference but affects the overall play
Overall I thought the layout was very nice and with a few tweaks this course can hold its own with the current courses be submitted
Post by jamesearl13 on Apr 22, 2015 10:31:53 GMT -5
PURPLE HILLS GOLF CLUB
This course is a zero effort auto gen. No evidence of editing fairways, greens, or terrain. The name doesn't even make sense as I didn't find any purple, nor were there barely any hills. You can't just enter some macro setting and let the computer generate the course and submit it.
Post by jamesearl13 on Apr 25, 2015 21:15:46 GMT -5
The course isn't ready for tour use. What you have a good skeleton of a course. The were no trees and all of the bunkering seemed there were placed there by default. What you should do is to build around the course itself because what you have laid out is actually a decent technical course. Its set up well for being a firm course, and that may be the most difficult thing to achieve when building a course. So hoping now you have a non-published copy of the course. Start planting some trees, work on some contours, and place some thoughtful bunkers, you might be able to get it tour worth.
Post by jamesearl13 on Apr 28, 2015 10:25:44 GMT -5
This course wasn't all bad. In fact i was kind of digging it until I ran into the first of too many unfair pin placements. There is nothing wrong with challenging greens, but you simply cannot place the cup on too steep of a grade. A good rule of thumb is that if the slope is severe enough to be yellow or red, it's not fair to place the flag there. What I liked best about the course is that it was well set up to counterbalance its overall softness. Tight greens with long iron approaches paired with bunkering in front of the green made for some precise shot calculation. If there's a way you could still go back and mellow out the greens or change your pin placements, and also so some editing to the fairways which had too raw of a straight edge presentation, you may be able to make it tour worthy.