So, I just thought I'd take a little time to talk about this Course Mastery setup.
I'm quite honestly not sure how I feel about it yet (specifically regarding the downloadable courses). On the one hand, it's free*, but on the other, the method by which coins are attained and we can actually do what needs to be done to get all the coins to actually play can be grindy. Not quite sure how I feel about the rental status of the links, either.
As I'm typing this, there's a deal for 6 rounds at Waialae Country Club for the coin price of 3 rounds (ends 4/4). I advise you get it, immediately. The pin packs are a joke; you need to use all your coins on courses first and foremost, or you'll get suckered into buying coins for real-cash if you don't want to grind it out.
♠ It takes at the minimum 6 rounds to Master any course, because you need 100 pars or better for one gold Mastery requirement, and 6 18 hole rounds nets you 108 holes.
♠ There is a for Mastering 16 courses.
♠ Downloadable courses are NOT stored on disc, save the name and requirements. Waialae was 155MB.
♠ You don't technically need any DLC courses for the Mastering, since there are 16 on-disc, but that leaves you with no options.
Here's why I'm not entirely sure whether or not I'm a fan of the system:
On the plus side, it's free if you do it right, but "doing it right" involves a lot of grinding. Granted, we have to grind through 7 years of career mode in order to get the for 7 Masters Career wins, but that should also get us to where we need to be for the Course Masteries for the on-disc courses. AND the courses added on are not on the disc, so you're actually getting free DLC.
On the minus side, though, it heavily punishes sub-optimal play. Can't get your 5 eagles required for the gold at Highlands (which is one of my personal favorite DLC courses, because it's challenging) in the first 6 rounds when you're doing everything else? Sorry. Grind out some more coins so you can try again. You're basically sitting on dead DLC you can't use until you use more coins. And here's the biggest pain of it all: It takes 6 rounds to Master a course, a 3 round pack costs 12000 Coins, and an Unlimited round pack costs 18000 Coins. If you're doing this where you're going after the 6 rounder for normal cost, it's going to run you 24000 Coins!! That's an Unlimited pack for that course AND 6000 toward the next. That's kinda messed up.
Anyway, I'm curious if anyone else wants to chime in on this.