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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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All holes will then be available for reference on the Course Caddy page—a bookmark must for the entire encyclopedia! Enjoy.
Greek Hills Hole No. 9
This is your classic Golden Tee hole, and I mean that as a compliment. A drivable par-4 where the pin is within plain sight although the path to get there is not straight. There is risk (the water) and there is reward (an eagle, hopefully), although it will take an accurate tee shot to avoid the one and come away with the other.
There are no secret paths to get to the hole; this shot—which will vary greatly on pin placement—is a matter of cut, distance and spin control.
If the pin is in the back or left side of the green, the shot is somewhat simplified. The cut around the trees guarding the tee box is a little less pronounced, and you’ll have slightly more room to land your shot.
One enormous item to consider on this shot—and all shots here for that matter—is what your ball will do when it touches down. Because you’ll likely be cutting the ball left to right, and because you’ll have Bite or Backspin applied, your ball will land and immediately spin (perhaps somewhat hard) to the right. Adjust accordingly.
With a back pin, if you do, you could put yourself in magnificent shape.
When the pin is up near the front of the green, the shot becomes much more challenging. In fact, landing in the bunker and giving yourself a shot chip isn’t a bad strategy at all. It certainly beats the alternative of going long and getting wet.
To land the green, however, you’ll need to hit the small batch of rough nestled between the two sand traps. It’s a difficult shot, although it will help your ball slow down some and leak you onto the green and near the cup.
Regardless of where the pin is located, play around with the appropriate cuts to comfortably maneuver around the trees and—if you’re going to miss—miss in the sand. An eagle is what you want as you make the turn, but birdie will work fine on plenty of setups.
How do you play?