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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.
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Turtle Island Hole No. 6
Decisions, decisions. That’s what we have on our first Turtle Island par-5.
Do you stay on the first fairway, or do you hit it (hopefully) over the lava and leave you self with (hopefully) a shorter approach?
This, in many ways, is the real decision you have to make. There will be options on the approach shot—and we’ll get to those—but walking away with eagle boils down to putting yourself in the proper position.
Hitting over the lava is certainly an option, although this will require a favorable tee box, perhaps a favorable wind and a high tee. It will lead to a much shorter approach, but it also comes with a fair amount of risk.
The sand trap on the right side of the fairway may not be large, but it certainly can pack a punch. Find it and hitting the green in two will be out of the equation. The fairway also slopes hard left, and your ball will be cast to the beach—and the lovely sandcastle down there—if you inch too close to this side.
If you don’t feel comfortable with this method, have no fear. Laying back on the first fairway will give you a shot at the pin. Just make sure you stay in the fairway, otherwise the shot could be much more challenging or impossible altogether.
From this landing area, you have two options. If the pin is up, you can approach this approach with spin or bite. Doing so should give your shot the possibility of going in.
You can also approach it with nothing at all, especially if you’re dealt a back pin and a wind in your face. You don’t want to hit through the green, however, so distance control will be crucial.
Just don’t find the lava. Whatever you, however you may approach either of these shots, stay away from the hazard and you’ll walk away in red numbers more times than not.