THE COUNTRYSIDE THEME
The Countryside Theme is the main addition to the Greg Norman Course Designer in Feature Update 2 and is The Golf Club’s seventh theme, coming after The Alpine Theme, The Rural Theme, The Links Theme, The Desert Theme, The Autumn Theme and The Boreal Theme. Themes are the various environments that the Greg Norman Course Designer uses when creating a course and describe the terrain, the flora, the fauna, the water, the tees, the fairways, the rough, the greens and the surrounding land.
A definition for countryside from the Cambridge Dictionary is ‘land not in towns, cities, or industrial areas, that is either used for farming or left in its natural condition’. Based on late summer in the greener areas in southern England, the Countryside Theme fits the typical idea of English countryside in that it is green and tranquil with clear human impact over thousands of years. Fields surround the editable area with a gentle horizon beyond that. An oxymoronic, but quite fitting, description would be cultivated wilderness.
Deciduous forest would have once covered this land and the trees in the Theme reflect this with mature oak, ash, beech, birch and willow prominent. The generated terrain will contain fewer trees than most of the other Themes whilst long grasses, wild flowers, bushes and shrubs increase in number.
With it being late in a rare, warm summer the terrain will be quite firm. The light rough is not particularly challenging but the heavy rough is dry and inconsistent making it hard to judge recovery shots from the deeper stuff. Whilst there are fewer trees, if you do get in amongst them it will be tough to escape due to their breadth and thickness.
The greens are firm and relatively fast, which will need to be accounted for with approach shots. The wind will vary from still to fairly strong but it won’t hit the peaks that the more exposed Themes can reach.