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.
Celtic Shores No. 6
There’s a building in your way. Just a heads up.
Before you begin your pullback, please be aware of the structure standing directly in your path to the green. Those walls aren’t soft, either. When you hit them, they hit right back. And when they hit back, they don’t ask what direction you’d like to be propelled toward.
Hole 6 on Celtic Shores, despite its complex surface-level look, can actually be relatively simple to approach. The risk and potential danger will always be enormously high, although this drivable par-4 can be tackled in somewhat simple ways.
The first will likely be your most common approach. By taking out your driver and aiming it directly at the opening in the structure—no high tee or low tee needed—you’ve essentially figured out this hole.
Now, it’s not that easy. It’s never that easy. The opening is still relatively small and missing it will do a number to your scorecard if you’re slightly off. There’s also the task of sticking a green that slopes downward and is surrounded by water.
It’s not guarantee, but it does work. Managing the wind will likely be your tallest order, although it’s worth challenging if you want the eagle.
Don’t want to go through the small opening? Well, how about another way?
With a fairway wood—and occasionally a high tee—you can also hit up and over the sides of the structure to hit the green. This shot comes with its own risks, as it is absolutely critical you have the elevation necessary to get over the walls, although this can also be an option depending on the look and overall comfort.
If neither of these shots is to your liking, hitting it in the fairway and playing for birdie is an option. Birdie might not be Position A, but it beats Position C or D. In time, however, this is a design you should learn to love.
How do you play?