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Course Caddy: Shady Acres No. 14
Consider This the Calm Before the Storm


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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Shady Acres Hole No. 14


From this point on, it won’t get any easier. Enjoy the calmness while you can. Of course, birdie on Hole 14 is not a given by any means, but this marks the last time in the round when you can attack a hole without worrying about the dreaded blowup.

A two-shot par-4 that has a bend and plenty of trees, Hole 14 is all about placement off the tee. It’s not about being close to the green or aligning with the wind—although obviously you’ll take these when you can—but rather giving yourself a clear visual of the hole.

There are a few ways to accomplish this. Obviously an A-1 (or a shot of this type) can be hit to send your tee shot around the trees and up the fairway some. You can also stay back a bit, choosing instead to have a longer shot that hopefully keeps the trees in the middle out of play.

However you decide to play this hole, giving yourself the most manageable look possible should be the goal.

From there, you know what to do. Bite, Backspin and no spin at all are all options for tackling the green, which breaks slightly left. If the shot is clear, you might even have a late-round opportunity to be a aggressive.

And who knows what can happen from there.

 

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