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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. 10
You’ve cursed those enormous winds for long enough. Here, on Highland No. 10, those winds can be your friend.
The shot indicator might not give you the impression that this hole is drivable, but it certainly can be. In fact, with an out wind and a reasonable tee box, you might actually have to worry about driving it over this green.
For starters, let’s get there first. But before we do, you should know that there are some setups where it won’t be possible. Maybe those large winds are right in your face, or you’ve been given a tee box near the end of the earth (or perhaps both).
If that’s the case, there’s nothing wrong with putting your ball in the fairway—avoiding the pot bunkers that can be deadly here if you find them—and playing for birdie.
But if the opportunity to drive this green is there, you should think about taking it. Yes, you have to worry about the buffet of bunkers scattered on both sides and at various points of the fairway, but you have a distinct path to the pin.
A big wind can be taken advantage of with a driver, roll and a high tee. And if you’re using a golf ball—like say the Streaks—that can really fly, you can really send your tee shot a great distance here. Forget about 400 yards; you’ll be well past that.
You can go straight at it, too. This play won’t always work depending on distance, but it’s (obviously) the easiest shot to manage. If you’re 395 to 420 yards away, this is the shot worth considering. And again, if you catch it right—and play the slight left break accordingly—it can fly.
But this won’t always work, and to generate more distance you might have to turn left one and use an A-1 to maximize distance. This type of shot will propel your ball further, which might be required in order to reach.
It’s a tougher shot to hit with a limited landing area to work with, but it is an option. The pot bunkers certainly can factor in large here, and it’s up to you on whether it’s worth the risk. The rewards, however, can be great.
You’ll improve on this hole from round-to-round. While there’s always the possibility of losing a shot with an untimely sand shot, most misses will leave you with a chip of some kind and likely a birdie putt.
That’s not bad. And the occasional eagle isn’t bad, either.
How do you play it?