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Links 2004 (Xbox) - Downloadable Kapalua Golf Course

by Rainier on Jan. 8, 2004 @ 10:53 a.m. PST

Microsoft Game Studios announced today the arrival of new downloadable content for the popular Xbox golf series, “Links 2004.” “Links 2004” now offers gamers a chance to improve their golf game on their Xbox and in real life. At the same time Mike Weir is teeing off to begin the official golf season, gamers will also be able to grip it and rip it on the same course, the breathtaking Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii after downloading it via Xbox Live. Read more for details ...

If a new course wasn’t enough, after downloading the course, one lucky gamer will win a new set of clubs and three others will win Suunto Golf Watches with built in GPS functions. Start the new year off right with a new course and a set of new clubs. The sweepstakes is open to U.S residents only.

Beginning January 8, golfers will be able to download the Plantation Course at Kapalua via Xbox Live and four randomly chosen gamers will receive some very special golf prizes. The course download will be available to Xbox Live subscribers for $4.99. Gamers will need a valid Xbox Live account and “Links 2004.” Upon purchasing the download, each gamer will be entered into a random drawing to win a full set of golf clubs including irons, fairway woods, a driver, a putter, a wedge and a tour bag. Three runners up will win Suunto Golf watches with GPS functions.

The par 73, 7,263-yard Plantation Course at Kapalua, the opening event on the professional tour, is the course of the champions. Each January, the course hosts an elite field of the previous year's winners. The grand scale of the course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore unfurls across natural geographic formations and pineapple plantation fields that take your breath away. The addition of Kapalua brings the total number of courses in “Links 2004” to ten. “Links 2004” also features real international courses like St Andrews, Loch Lomond, Grey Wolf, Four Seasons Resort Aviara and New South Wales just to name a few.

With the cold weather keeping most golfers in doors for the winter, “Links 2004” offers golfers a variety of exciting options for play. Gamers can compete in Stroke, Match Play, Nassau, Skins, Stableford, Best Ball and even Alternate Shot matches. Players can also select the player count, course and course conditions for their match. In addition, “Links 2004” offers online play via Xbox Live. Golfers from all over the world are coming together for a round of golf and “Links 2004” now offers a new “Fast Play” mode, where golfers play simultaneously (not turn based) and a full round can be completed in a fraction of the normal time.

“Links 2004” delivers one of the most realistic and competitive golf experiences available for Xbox. As part of the XSN Sports brand, “Links 2004” offers gamers the ability to create and compete in their own online golf tournaments via Xbox Live while keeping track of hard-earned stats on their own virtual sports page, the centralized website XSNsports.com.

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide game company with two core businesses: game development and publishing (http://www.microsoft.com/games/) and Zone.com (http://www.zone.com/).

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