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Course Caddy: Turtle Island No. 18
We Close Out the Round With a Little Cut and (Hopefully) an Eagle


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. 18


The path at Turtle Island ends with a drivable par-4. Unlike most closing Golden Tee holes, however, the carnage on this particular design is kept to a minimum. That’s not to say your ball can’t find the ocean on the left—it can, and you know this—but by Hole 18 standards, this particular closing challenge isn’t all that terrible.

As is the case with most drivable par-4s, success—or lack of—here boils down to the tee shot.

There are a few items to consider, the first being the trees hanging over the left side of the tee box. To get around these you’re going to have to cut the trackball. And while this type of shot will vary depending on a variety of factors—wind, tee box, pin, etc.—a C-3-type shot will be in order.

Next on the list of things to avoid is, of course, that lovely baby blue water. By cutting the ball to avoid the trees, you should also have your shot moving away from the ocean. If in doubt, overcut your shot to ensure that you stay dry.

The third item of note on this hole is the large mound guarding the left side of the green, and this brings us to some strategy conversation. If the pin is tucked behind this mound, you’ll likely need to Backspin to get your call sailing up toward the cup.

While you can get some favorable kicks off the mound—something that has become evident searching through YouTube—landing on the green and allowing the spin to take care of the rest should be the desired path taken.

If the pin is on the right side of the green, your options increase. The amount of cut put on the ball will be less, and while you need your shot to stop on the green, Backspin will actually have your shot moving away from the hole.

In this instance, no spin or Bite seem like the way to attack it.

 

The main strategy here will be to leave yourself a putt.

The slope of the green could make this a challenging putt, but a shot at eagle likely means birdie at the very worst. That’s not a bad position to be in, and you should be able to get it done if you play the necessary shot.

How do you play it?

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