Course Caddy: Shady Acres No. 18
We Close Out Shady Acres With a Magnificent Tester

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. 18

The final hole on Shady Acres is a brilliant (and straightforward). No shortcuts, no secrets, no mystery paths to get from tee to green; the path is quite clear on this reachable par-4.

It’s fairly narrow—jam-packed with risk—but it’s also right in front of you. Go through the opening and stick the green. Make your eagle putt and go buy another beer for the next round.

It sounds so easy when you think of it that way, but the tee shot is a little more complicated than that. In fact, this tee shot might be one of the tougher shots to consistently stick in the game. The green is small, the winds are large and landing this shot will require a precision fairway wood.

“Precision,” however, comes with a caveat. While it takes a precise tee shot to land this green, you cannot—and I mean cannot—miss short. Doing so will result in trip to the hazard and a likely par at the very best.

If you’re going to miss, miss long. It’s that simple. There’s a fair amount of landing area beyond the green, and from there you can chip on and make your out for birdie. Obviously practice will aid you in mastering this attempt, but start from the back and work forward.

Of course, getting your tee shot to the green—through the narrow-ish opening between the trees—is also an obstacle. Don’t hesitate to use a Golden Tee if you have them, as they will provide further flexibility with a difficult shot.

And maybe, just maybe, you’ll exit your round in magnificent fashion. (If not, an eagle will work just fine.)

And if things are really working in your favor, maybe you won't have to hit the green at all.


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