Welcome to the Course Caddy, a look at each and every hole in Golden Tee 2014. Over the next few months, we will spend each day looking at a different design, starting with Hole 1 on the first course and ending with the final hole on the final design.
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Pelican Grove Hole No. 7
This is where things get interesting.
Hole 7 on Pelican Grive is the first real “make or break” moment of the round.
Of course, it won’t break you if you just layup. You can blast your ball in the fairway, hit it on the green, tap in for birdie and be on your way. This works, although let’s be honest: You’re not going to layup and you want that eagle. Good on you.
Going for the green in one comes with risk. The water situated in the middle of the hole comes into play often, and it will pack a punch if you aren't careful.
If you’re tucked in the tee box closest to the trees, you can go over them (or around them) with a big cut shot and a high tee.
A high tee will work here in a variety of ways. The back tee box actually has a rather direct line to the hole, and these trees can be cleared by teeing it up high. The opening is there, and this is likely the friendliest of setups.
And no, that’s not all.
In fact, the exact opposite approach can be taken. If you’re tucked behind the trees, a low tee—yes, you can use those, too—can be equipped to get you under the obstructions in a different way. The water will not come into play here, which is a plus.
Trial and error is key on this hole. Find what shots you feel comfortable with on certain setups and experiment. Avoid the water at all costs, and slowly but surely become more aggressive when your comfort increases.
So.. what works for you?