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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.
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Celtic Shores No. 11
Hole 11 on Celtic takes you away from the water, which is a welcomed development considering where you’ve been and where you’re headed. It’s a classic mid-round par-3—not the round-shattering design you’ll encounter like the par-3 at the end of your round.
But with sand, slope and a green shaped oddly enough to cause problems, you need to be careful and process an abundance of variables all at once.
With the green sloping rather strong to the left, you need be sure to incorporate this critical piece of the hole into your shot. On the select occasion when you have a strong wind pushing you right to left—essentially with the slope of the green—you will have your work cut out for you. But in most cases, managing this hole and walking away with a birdie will come down to distance and spin control.
Your club set will obviously impact this shot a great deal, although this is a “bite” hole. While there are opportunities to be aggressive—and places you want to use backspin or no spin at all—bite should be your friend.
As was the case with the shot below, a fairway wood with bite applied allowed the ball to comfortably settle. It didn’t go in—dang—but it made a decent run at it.
Had the pin been slightly lower on the green, I could have been more aggressive. Allowing your ball to simply release is an option if/when the pin is located more or less in the very center.
And on the occasions when the pin is in the very back or the very front on the left side, you need to be the most careful. It’s these moments where distance/spin will need to be perfected most. Play safe and smart and, above all, play for a putt.
If you can do that here, you should scoot by with a birdie almost every time. Now is where things really pickup.
How do you play?