Course Caddy: Turtle Island No. 7
A Gorgeous Hole, and a Good-Looking Shot at Birdie

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Turtle Island Hole No. 7

If the Course Caddy needed to use a Golden Tee hole as a logo, Hole 7 on Turtle Island would be it. Man, this is fun to look at, and kudos must go out to the design team that makes the tropical water look so dang good. (I expect the check by next Wednesday, guys.)

Cosmetic beauty aside, there’s no reason you should ever find such water. Don’t let its hypnotic splendor fool you into a truly awful shank, not on a relatively simple par-3.

When it boils down to it, you will have two different shots on this hole. Shot A will be occur when the pin is located on the left side of the green—or more specifically straight ahead from where you’re standing. Shot B will come when the pin is located in the back right portion of the green, equipped with a slightly smaller landing area.

If the pin is outside this area, there’s not much to it. You can approach the shot with Bite, Backspin or no spin at all and find success. You need to be careful that your spin doesn’t carry you off the green, because the down elevation on the green can send your ball flying.

Outside of that, this is a good chance at an ace.

If the pin is positioned in that back right spot, the hole becomes slightly more complicated. Not necessarily difficult, but more complex. Again, you can attack these shots in multiple ways.

The most important aspect of this shot, however, is giving yourself a putt.

The surrounding dirt near the green typically delivers controlled, favorable bounces, although you don’t want to leave it with that. A solid shot with solid distance control can deliver you the results that can turn your round around.


Don’t get overly aggressive, and don’t let the beauty serve as a distraction. Put your shot close to the pin, enjoy the scene and take your birdie on to the next hole. We’re just getting started.

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