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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!
How do you play a particular design? Share your thoughts on strategy and YouTube uploads in the comment section. Your feedback is integral in the complete understanding of the design.
All holes will then be available for reference on the Course Caddy page—a bookmark must for the entire encyclopedia! Enjoy.
Shady Acres Hole No. 11
Consider this your final moment of casual relaxation before things get real.
That’s not to say that birdie on Hole 11 at Shady is a given by any means, but it won’t get any easier from here. Now is the time to take advantage of a straightforward hole with few major obstacles to worry about, and birdie should be on the brain.
Instinctively, we typically like to hit the ball as far as we possibly can off the tee. This meat headed-approach is in our Golden Tee blood, so don’t blame yourself. Here, however, distance isn’t what you’re in need of. That honor belongs to placement.
Positioning your tee shot on the left side of the fairway will take the trees up near the green out of the equation. It will also likely leave you with a very manageable approach using a fairway wood. Don't go too far, of course, as the water can become an issue if you're too aggressive.
The real decision with this shot will come with spin. Because the green is sloped significantly toward the front, backspin can actually be a bit more than you need. Obviously this will change round to round. If the pin is tucked at the very front and you’re dealing with a strong out wind, backspin will work just fine.
If not, bite will likely be the more desirable, safer way to play it.
And if the pin is in the back of the green, attacking this hole with no spin at all is a solid option to take. The slope and area behind the green create a backstop of sorts. It allows you a quality opportunity to be aggressive and go for the hole out.
What works for you here? How do you like to play this design?