Microsoft Expands “Links LS” Series And Optimizes Tournament Play With New 10-Course Pack

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 9, 2000 — Just in time for a new golf season, Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of its new

Links TM 2000″ 10-Course Pack. Fans of the best-selling PC golf simulation series Microsoft® “Links LS”
are sure to enjoy the improved graphics and true-to-life tournament play featured on the championship courses. Using the powerful game engines of
“Links LS 2000”
“LS 1999,”
the add-on pack includes 10 upgraded versions of the most popular courses in the
series, all optimized for tournament play. In addition, with its estimated retail price of $19.95, the 10-course pack offers unprecedented value to fans of

Through the add-on pack’s 180 holes of golf designed exclusively for the
“Links LS”
series, players will be able to relive the excitement of the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina and feel the serenity of Pennsylvania’s Latrobe Country Club in fall foliage. The PC golfer on a tight schedule can enjoy an all-new fantasy executive course, Three Canyons, set in a challenging desert bowl. The championship courses are faithful re-creations of some of the world’s best courses and are sites of major professional tournaments and other popular venues. Additional courses are Firestone Country Club in Ohio, Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado, Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia, Kapalua Plantation and Kapalua Village in Hawaii, and Entrada at Snow Canyon and Bountiful Ridge Golf Course in Utah.

“Links LS 2000”
10-Course Pack will also enable PC and online golfers to experience the thrill of tournament play as the pros do. Each course has been upgraded and is tournament-ready, complete with leader boards, ambient sounds, television towers and thousands of spectators lining the fairways – all of which makes for realistic golfing on the PC. Online tournament golfers will enjoy the added variety and realism as they compete at popular

Although the 10-Course Pack is compatible only with the
“Links LS 2000”
“LS 1999”
versions, owners of previous versions of
“Links LS”
may be eligible for a $15 upgrade rebate* when they acquire
“Links LS 2000.”

“Links LS 2000” supports online matchmaking on the MSN®
Gaming Zone ( ).

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Upgrade rebate: $15 U.S. To qualify you must be a licensed user of one of the following products for Windows® 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT® Workstation 4.0:
“Links LS,” “Links LS 1999,” “Links LS for MS-DOS® ,” “Links LS 1998,”
“Golf V3.0,”
“Golf 1998 Edition,”
“Golf 1999 Edition.”
Offer good with proofs of purchase in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada only. Offer expires March 31, 2001. Limit: One rebate per address. Rebate amount stated in U.S. dollars. For users in Canada, the rebate amount will be converted to, and paid in, Canadian funds. The conversion will be calculated by reference to the exchange rate at the time of redemption.

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