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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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Highland Links Hole No. 3
The first par-3 on Highland Links is as straightforward of a hole as they come. No water, no possibility for disaster and only one pot bunker to be concerned with. And yet, because of how difficult the rough can be to hit out of, the shot into this green requires the utmost care.
It’s not a tricky shot, but it is slightly uphill. Because of this, you should be mindful of carrying your shot far enough. Short is not the place you want to be here. Instead, bring enough club to ensure you land on the green.
I repeat: Do. Not. Be. Short.
Depending on where the pin is located, you can attack this hole in a few ways. If the cup is in the middle or back part of the green, going at it with no spin at all is a very solid option. Because it’s elevated and slightly uphill, your ball should land and release quite nice.
If the pin is up, Backspin or Bite should be the call. But remember, you cannot spin off. As much as you want that early ace—and this is a hole that can be tamed—ending up with a manageable putt should be priority No. 1.
And if it all works out, well, you might be able to do one better.
Even the simplest of shots should be taken a bit more serious. This kind of rough—where no chip is a gimmie—will do that. Don’t have one of those heart-pounding chips this early.
There will be plenty of time for those.
How do you play?