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Course Caddies: Sparkling Waters No. 3
No Water, No Trees, No Major Problems on Our First Par-3


Golden Tee Course Caddies are back, and we’re examining all 90 holes in Golden Tee 2015. Each day we'll examine a different design until all five courses have been covered.

This year’s breakdowns now include video of each hole being played, although your feedback is most appreciated on these designs. How do you play? Share your strategy or Golden Tee Great Shots in the comments below.

All holes will then be available for reference on the Course Caddies page—a bookmark must for the entire encyclopedia! Enjoy, and stay tuned for plenty more.

 

Sparkling Waters No. 3


Welcome to the first par-3 of your round. Hopefully, at this point, you’re comfortably under par and looking to go deeper.

The good news is you really don’t have any major hazards or obstacles to be concerned with. There is a sand trap that can get in the way, although you’ll have to really mishit your shot—or misplay your spin—to find it.

Translation: There is no reason not to walk away with a birdie here.

Your strategy here will depend on two things: The wind, and more importantly, the pin placement. If the pin is tucked in the back of the green, you should allow your ball to release and roll toward—and occasionally in—the cup. You don’t want to risk being overly aggressive and missing the green, but you should take advantage of the opportunity.

If the pin is tucked near the front or middle portion of the green, backspin and bite are your most likely options. You’ll want to get the ball coming back toward the hole, although—much like your approach without any spin applied—you don’t want to risk having to chip for your second shot.

Some looks will be more favorable than others, and your club sets will also shape how you attack this hole. 

 

 

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with avoiding any fancy strategy here; take your deuce and let’s move on. It picks up after this.

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