Links Course Challenge: Chateau Whistler Review

A dense interface and unforgiving controls will keep this pint-sized golf simulator from appealing to anyone but the most devout duffers.


Microsoft's Links series has always been lauded for its painstakingly realistic representation of golf, making it a favorite of real-life golf lovers. If you're already accustomed to the hardcore Links style of golf, then Links Course Challenge: Chateau Whistler should be a fine diversion for you. But if you're new to golf games, or new to Links in particular, the learning curve is steep, and it's compounded by a quasi-3D interface that can be difficult to navigate.

As you might guess from the name, this version of Links focuses on the 18 holes at Chateau Whistler, an award-winning course in British Columbia, Canada. You can choose to play all 18 holes at once, or just the front or back nine holes if you prefer. The swing controls for both on the fairway and when putting use the familiar three-click swing meter, but it moves fast, and it'll take a while to get the timing just right. Aiming your shot is less intuitive because you have to drag a pole across the course to determine where you're aiming, and the blend of 2D and 3D graphics used to show the course makes it hard to find your perspective.

The Good
Realistic presentation of Chateau Whistler
Ability to customize stroke rule and course conditions
Familiar three-click swing meter
The Bad
Mix of 2D and 3D make courses hard to navigate
Controls are unforgiving
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Links Course Challenge: Chateau Whistler Edition More Info

First Release on Apr 17, 2006
  • PC
Links Course Challenge: Chateau Whistler Edition lets you play as Sergio Garcia, with his distinctive abilities, on the Chateau Whistler course.
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Developed by:
Microsoft Game Studios
Published by:
Jamdat Mobile
Golf, Simulation, Sports