I still love Links LS 2003 which was originally created by Access Software then bought by Microsoft. Shortly after Microsoft bought them they stopped creating the game.
There is an active community that still plays regularly and some enthusiasts that create new courses with Arnold Palmer’s Course Designer (APCD) software all the time. Here are some of my favorite links.
- Links Country Club
- Arnold Palmer’s Links Course Designer (APCD)
- Links Corner
- The Links Sports Network (LSPN)
- Links AniMasters
I was able to install Links LS 2003 on my Windows 10 PC by following the instructions on the above sites, in particular the Links Country Club website. There are updates and instructions for installing it as well as the Arnold Palmer Course Designer. You can also download courses from links on their site, both real courses and fictional.
I personally accumulated quite a few courses over my time. I have all the courses from their original CDs and most can be converted to the most current version of Links LS 2003. I also downloaded some courses that others created that I am familiar with from either playing, been to tournaments or aware of them for some reason or another. Here are some of my favorites.
- Innisbrook – Copperhead course in Palm Harbor, FL that I went to the 2021 Valspar Championship and really enjoyed playing along.
- Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA which I was able to visit when I was in the Navy.
- Western Hills Country Club in Cincinnati, OH which I lived just down the street from when I went to high school at Oak Hills High School. I also had cousins and friends who were caddy’s there.
For some time now I’ve been working on recreating the Mullet Lake Country Club golf course I grew up on in Cheboygan, MI using their website, my memory, Google/Bing maps and Google Earth. It’s a learning process and I have a long way to go but this is what I created so far and have been able to play a few holes.