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Celtic Shores No. 4
The first par-3 of the round should be considered a friend. Shake its hand and say hello; it will treat you well more times than not.
The design is rather straightforward. You have multiple tee boxes to deal with that come from a variety of angles. You’ll have to go over water from the right box, although the hazard should never really come into play. If you miss right enough it can, but you really have to miss to find it. I mean, you have to practically search for it.
More meaningful to your concerns are the bunkers surrounding the green. These absolutely can be found as they basically have the hole surrounded. Still, there is room to work with and short surface to play with. There’s absolutely no reason you cannot hit this green with great regularity.
Standing in your way of consistent birdies is one critical decision: How should you spin it?
Do you use backspin? Bite? No spin at all? The answer is yes. On occasion, you should attempt all of these approaches depending on where the pin is located.
If the pin is up, backspin should be your go-to. If it’s in the middle part of the green, bite—as seen below—is a perfect option.
And if the pin is located in the back, you can tackle it without putting on any spin. Bite certainly works here as well if you’re trying to play safe, but you should approach these looks with reserved aggression.
Be smart and exact when managing distance, but don’t be afraid of letting your ball release.
Coming away with a two is what matters most. Giving yourself a manageable putt—and occasionally getting really close to the cup—is a way to ensure this is all but a guarantee.
Make the small adjustments necessary and you should have no issues here. How do you play?