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.
Desert Valley No. 18
You could, if it were legal, throw your golf ball to this green. This is not yet a feature in Golden Tee, so it will do you no good on Hole 18 of Desert Valley. Maybe next year.
The closing hole is short, which is notable. More notable about the distance is the par. It’s not often that course designer Jim Zielinski sprinkles in a par-3 to end the round, but that’s precisely what we have here as we get ready to leave Vegas.
Short, as you know, doesn’t mean easy. Furthering this point is the shape of the green on Hole 18. It is essentially broken into three different areas and you’ll find be asked to go after pins in all three. Ranking the difficulty of each will depend in large part on the wind, although typically I’d rank them like so. (Please note: One is the easiest, three is the hardest.)
3. Middle Right
Again, this isn’t an exact science. But, overall, that middle slab of green will give you the most issues because there is hazard in front, behind and to the right of the landing spot. The other areas can be challenging in tough winds, although you’ll typically have more green to work with.
Regardless of where the pin is located, you’ll want to approach this shot with care. There will be looks with favorable winds where you can be more aggressive—a perfectly straight out wind is lovely every now and then—but most situations won’t be that simple.
As important as it is to manage distance and accuracy, managing spin will be even more critical for success. While there are limited occasions where backspin will work, bite and no spin should be your go-to selections.
On other looks you’ll have to be a bit more creative.
I feel obligated to show you one final option. You can—I’m not saying that you should, but you can—go after this hole with a fairway wood. Behold the most dangerous (and pretty darn cool) way to attack this pin.
Surprisingly, the shot above happens more than you’d think. There is something to be said about being able to take the wind out of a shot, although we won’t endorse it here. Play smart, play safe, manage spin and close out your round with a birdie.
How do you play?