Other XboxHornet exclusive interviews;
As the name would suggest, sand, cacti, palm trees and the occasional watering hole are the order of the day.
Hole 1: Paradise
With this long par three, accuracy is the key. The small green is surrounded by sand and water and if you want to stay out of the drink pay close attention to the wind and make sure you hit the sweet spot in the hitting zone.
Hole 2: Hot Dog Leg Right
This par four is a dog leg right with massive dunes to the right of the tee. You can hit over these, but it is unlikely that it will be to your advantage. Head for the corner and you have a good line into the green, if you can cut some of the corner off by going over the end of the dune, you’ll have an easier shot in. The green has no rough round it, so don’t worry too much about missing it.
Hole 3: Hot Sun
A tough par four, if you are not accurate enough to hit the tiny patch of fairway on the left of the huge dune it’s going to be difficult to hit the green in regulation. You can take the right hand route, but this has a lot of palm trees to contend with. When you add to this the fact that the green is protected by sand and rough, getting par here is a good result.
Hole 4: Overheating
This Par five is a definite birdie opportunity, but first you have to avoid the two huge dunes with your tee shot (not easy). A little bit of fade will help and with a little luck you’ll have a long second shot into the green, although the fairway is loaded either side with palm trees so make sure you hit that sweet spot.
Hole 5: Toast is also Hot
As long as you don’t hit the well placed tree in the centre of the fairway on this par four, you’ll have a good line into the small green which is surrounded by sand, good luck staying out of it.
Hole 6: Deep Fried
This par four looks harder than it is – if you take a little power off and play safe by making sure you hit the fairway you should have an easier shot into the green.
Hole 7: Over the Dune
If you want to reach the green of this par five in three, you’ll have to make sure that you hit the fairway with your drive. You then have the choice of trying to hit it over the dune or onto the small patch of fairway on top of it. When you play your shot into the elevated green make sure that you hit the back of it to avoid rolling down onto the fairway.
Hole 8: Hole 8
To get to this par four green in regulation, make sure you hit the left hand side of the fairway, otherwise you’ll find yourself having to lay up or trying to take on the massive dune to get to the elevated green.
With this very long par three be careful to take the wind into account if you want to stay on the wide but shallow green – some backspin may help too.
Desert Oasis is a course that despite its desert nature is very scenic thanks to the huge dunes and palm trees.
It’s a challenging course with not too many birdie opportunities, but with practice it’s very rewarding. We liked the fact that you have to make subtle use of fade to leave yourself in prime positions on some of the holes.
Desert Oasis gets the thumbs up from the XboxHornet blog and it is a course that we have found ourselves coming back to time and again.
Nicholas has two other courses on the full version of Easy Golf: Robot Retreat and White Mountain C.C., just look out for those designed by Shake N Baco.
Other Shake N Baco courses available to download via course sharing are Green Pines, Robot Dunes, Red Club, Joe Joe Heights, Apple Crest, Pro Open, Mountain View (Front & Back 9) and Sea Resort (Front & Back 9)
If anyone out there has a course that they would like to share with XboxHornet and the world please email us at:
To download a free demo of Easy Golf Course Architect directly to your Xbox click here;
Filed under: Developer interviews, Developer Interviews - XboxHornet Exclusives, Easy Golf, Easy Golf tips, News, Reviews | Tagged: Course Architect, Desert Oasis, easy golf, Shake N Baco, XBLA, XBLCG, Xbox 360, xbox live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Community Games, Xbox ratings, xna | 4 Comments »