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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.
We want—no, NEED—your help in this process!
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All holes will then be available for reference on the Course Caddy page—a bookmark must for the entire encyclopedia! Enjoy.
Turtle Island Hole No. 13
Let’s get some business out of the way first. As unbelievable as it might, Hole 13 on Turtle Island has (and can be) driven. It hasn’t been aced, but it has been reached.
As seen here.
This might just be the rarest green reached in 2014, however, so let’s assume this play is out of the equation. If that’s the case you’ll be playing for the fairway—and NOT hitting it too long so your ball goes in the water.
Be careful of distance. You don’t need to hit that longest drive, and anything in the short stuff will do just fine. It’s the next shot that can become interesting.
Regardless of where the pin is located, you have to consider the harsh slope of the green when evaluating your second shot. Not only will your ball kick hard right, but the added elevation will only add to the severity.
If the pin is in the front part of the green, you’ll likely approach this scenario with Bite or Backspin. Again, though, be mindful of the situation and how your ball will react once it touches down. If you do, you could be in business.
If the pin is near the back part of the green, your options will increase. While Backspin and Bite are still options, you may choose to attack this setup with no spin at all.
Obviously you can’t be long here, but allowing your ball to roll down the slope could end in favorable results.
You don’t have to be overly aggressive on this hole, and you shouldn’t be.
As is the case with many two-shot par-4s with significant break on the greens, a comfortable three will work just fine.
What works for you?