Tropical Courses?

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wiser66

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« on: August 27, 2018, 12:36:49 AM »
Where are all the great tropical courses? It seems like there aren’t as many designers making these. Is there a reason for this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 01:17:53 AM »
Seems as if it's not a preferred theme for a lot of designers. Your welcome to give one I did a whirl.....

http://www.hb-studios.com/forum/index.php/topic,22534.msg278654.html#msg278654
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 01:58:16 AM »
Seems as if it's not a preferred theme for a lot of designers. Your welcome to give one I did a whirl.....

http://www.hb-studios.com/forum/index.php/topic,22534.msg278654.html#msg278654

Your course looks awesome! One of the best looking ones I’ve seen. Hopefully you’ll be porting to 2019 so I can give it a shot. I skipped TGC 2
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Tarantula Pines
Wiser Torrid Highlands
Wiser Torrid Highlands Blue Tee
Wiser Paradise Plantation
Delta Wiser Grand National
Mystic Highlands GC

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 02:08:40 AM »
I think it's because there are many great tropical courses irl.

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 02:25:58 AM »

Here's my list (in no particular order):


Tropical/Island Style Courses



Pelikila Golf Club (by friendBOMBER/Brandon Pugh) (My notes: Gorgeous scenery, challenging course) (Designer notes: Welcome to Pelikila Golf Club! Here you will start your round with the majestic cliff side first hole with its green pearched out on a peninsula cliff seperated from the fairway. Your journey countinues down to the beach side holes and zig zaging around the island. There are no shortages of breath taking views on a course that will challenge the player and reward the thinker. Please come and enjoy your round here at Pelikila Golf Club.)


Chief Lomu's Treasure (by energ1ser/Jason Fowler) (My notes: Excellent tropical course.  Great hole design.  Treasure chest left of fairway on 6, check out skull on 14) (Designer notes: Welcome to Chief Lomu's Treasure. This remote course is located on an island near Bora Bora and the only access is by water plane. You arrive the night before and will be treated to the full Polynesian experience. Chief Lomu will personally welcome you to the island before one of the local tribesman escorts you to an exclusive hut on the lagoon. In the morning you will be provided with Polynesian golf attire and a caddy. The front nine winds it way through a jungle and the back nine opens up providing mountain views as well as a short trip across to Skull Island. I hope you enjoy your round. PS: There are also three treasure chests hidden throughout the course. Find all three and your next visit is 50% off.)


Doak Island Resort (by clv24/Craig LeVasseur) (My notes: Almost an RCR! Read about each hole’s real-life counterpart here: Doak Island Resort | TGC Tours)


Black Sand Golf Club (Hawaii) (by ztheg/Zack Simpton) (My notes: Good hole design for all 18.  Above average tropical eye candy.  Can be challenging in the wind. Definitely worth multiple plays.) (Designer notes: Black sand bunkers (mulch really). Tons of mounding and strips of green. Firm and fair this is a fun course.)


Corozal Nacional (by mattf27/Matthew Fritsch) (My notes: Won the National Treasure contest. Definitely a 5* Tropical course. Late afternoon lighting is very pretty.) (Designer notes: Corozal Nacional is a 7,360 yd. par 71 resort course on the the Belize coastline. The first true championship course constructed in the country, this course should hold some challenge for competitive play, while also remaining approachable for those looking for a casual round on the beach. Entry into Griff's National Treasure designer series.)


The Kraken (by Terry Grayson) (My notes: Beautiful tropical course with very challenging layout and sneakily hard greens. Putting skill is at a premium on this course. 5* for eye candy and being a really challenging test of golf.)


Wailua Valley G.C. (by Rich Banker) (My notes: Richly detailed, tropical course. Plays easy - unlike Pelikila) (Designer notes: This tropical course is fictionally located in the Wailua Valley in Kauai, HI. Several holes are framed and bordered by sunken lush waste areas. This course has been published with five tee sets, four pins and tournament crowds added.)


Barra Da Tijuca- TGC2 (by Terry Grayson) (My notes: Really nice little island course. Requires accuracy. Not an RCR of the Rio Olympic Course.) (Designer notes: The course is set in the tropical theme, firm fairways and fast greens, however I tried my best to give the golfer the ample opportunity to run the ball up on some pretty sizable greens.  But there are ample areas to land and allow the terrain to assist you on many of the greens. So sit back enjoy a round of golf and enjoy the sandy beach-lined fairways. I incorporated some of the beachfront into the fairways or rough areas to give a feel of some fingers jutting out from around the course. Hope you can tell the look I was after.  There are some lovely views around the course, and scoring is there, but when the wind kicks up it can be a beast.  I put the majority of the pins on the back side of the green, but have plans already in place for some different spots to put additional if that need arises.)


Carolina Shores (by Terry Grayson) (My notes: Another really nice tropical course with a slight barrier island feel. Like it just a little better than Barra Da Tijuca) (Designer notes: I tried to create fairways wide enough for any player style but not all are "wide".  I hope I created some beautiful views with a playable golf course. Be sure to zoom out and look around I put a lot of work into some areas. The greens have some movement, not overly tough, but best bet is to be below the hole on most. Hope you enjoy your round!)


Nai Palm Hot Springs (by lastchancehombre) (My notes: Tropical theme. Better than Chief Lomu? Maybe.) (Designer notes: Welcome to Nai Palm Hot Springs! Nestled in a valley on the remote Island of Nai in the South Pacific is a peaceful little getaway reachable only by sea or air, secluded from city life & skyscrapers. You'll find The Clubhouse on a hilltop with an 18 hole par 72 championship course surrounding it.)


Choc Bay - Terrace Course (by MAJOR HIGH) (My notes: Plays a bit easy, nice and pretty, and holes are interesting.)

The Amazon Golf & Country Club ( by Philbin89) (My notes: Spectacular scenery, great imagination in the layout.  At the 13th hole you hit across the top of two waterfalls and on the 14th you hit back across those same two waterfalls! Plays fun and fairly easy.  Fantasy but not over the top.  Sculpting and planting not world-class but certainly good enough.)
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2018, 05:23:09 AM »
Where are all the great tropical courses? It seems like there aren’t as many designers making these. Is there a reason for this?
My main problem with this theme was the trees, they looked like they were made out of plastic from a certain distance, tropical and winter and swiss are the worst themes on the game imo.
bring on 2019 tgc.

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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2018, 05:25:02 AM »
You might want to give this one a go ...

Las Palmas de las Archipelago Tropicana
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2018, 05:56:06 AM »
The Club At Montecito finished 2nd runner up in the TGCTours Designer Challenge Series "What's In A Name?" competition (Autumn 2017).

Original completed course thread >>>>
http://www.hb-studios.com/forum/index.php/topic,21982.msg271440.html#msg271440

I will definitely be porting this over to TGC2019  :)


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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2018, 06:54:28 AM »
 Loa Pali Golf Resort and Spa was one of the first courses released in tropical in TGC1 and it took some beating was outstanding.

It seems was not ported over to TGC2.(shame).


Winds were high in that theme in TGC1,another reason designers were not that keen.

« Last Edit: August 27, 2018, 07:02:09 AM by Yeltzman »

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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2018, 09:29:40 AM »
Tropical is actually one of the most versatile themes we have.  We had a design contest a while back based on national courses.  There were no less than 8 courses using the tropical theme, and no two courses looked the same.  That's where we get The Kraken (great course), and my (slightly less than) awesome entry Le Club Deportivo de Cuba.

The only hangup for me with the tropical theme is the wind.  The wind is notoriously nasty on tropical and highland. 
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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2018, 11:07:37 AM »
Cardigan Cove II is worth a play I think... I'll improve it in TGC2019 when it's released.

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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2018, 04:42:02 PM »
Seabreeze Estates C.C.’ 18.  My most detailed course to date. I never plug my courses, but it needs one more play to get its ratings lol. All my courses with '18 are my latest versions. If you choose to play them,thanks .

 

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