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. 7
Don’t get cute. Don’t get aggressive. Don’t debut that crafty little cut shot you’ve been working on here.
Hole 7 on Highland is an unassuming par-3 that can cost you a stroke if you aren’t careful. There’s no hazard to worry about, and even most of the bunkers aren’t in play, but the rough can easily cost you a stroke if you aren’t careful.
The green slopes significantly to the left. Because of this, your ball might land and a) spin in a direction you were not expecting or b) roll too far and into the deep stuff. There are a handful of ways to play this hole depending on where the pin is located. Each, however, should be approached with the No. 1 goal of leaving a manageable putt.
Both Bite and Backspin are options on pins tucked in the front or middle part of the green, although be mindful of the break of the green and how your ball will react. Bite should provide enough spin to get your ball back near the cup, or perhaps do one better.
If the pin is placed a little farther away, approaching this hole with no spin at all is also an option. Obviously you’ll have to play the break—and be on point with distance control—but this strategy could come with favorable results.
As much as you’d love a hole-in-one here, don’t force it. Stay on the short stuff at all costs, take your birdie and live to fight another hole.
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