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Celtic Shores No. 18


This is it. This is the end of a round, the end of all that wind and the last thing standing between you and a cold beer at the clubhouse bar. But before we get there, we have one colossal hole standing in our path; Hole 18 on Celtic Shores is brilliantly crafted and a potential scorecard destroyer.

Although I rarely promote the concept of laying up, there are certain instances where you’ll have no choice here—trust me on that.

Don’t fight it; don’t attempt to be a hero; don’t try a shot that you know deep down will fail. If a strong wind is pushing from left to right—essentially away from the pin and toward the water, like the image above, for example—plop that ball in the fairway, hit it on the green, make your putt (hopefully) and let’s move on.

Now, a left-to-right wind shouldn’t automatically dictate a layup. There are tee boxes and setups where hitting the green is possible and you can fight the wind. But the moment you see a setup like this, your radar should immediately start beeping frantically. Of all the drivable par-4s in Golden Tee 2015, this is the one—round to round, at least—the collective community probably eagles least. Yes, I see you, Pearl 18.

Let’s assume, however, that the wind is now blowing left to right. If that’s the case, you can approach this tee shot to the green in a variety of ways.

In many cases you’ll want to use a high teed fairway wood. It gives you flexibility getting over the rock wall and it also gives you some added distance and air time. Distance, of course, is key. Anything remotely short here is probably getting wet. The difference between the perfect shot and a water ball is incredibly small. As a result, you need to aim for the fat part of the green and hope for a putt.

You may not want to cut the corner this close, but with the high tee and a lofted club, you can absolutely do so. What a brilliant shot.

Without a Golden Tee equipped, you’ll have to maneuver around the structure with a bit more care. Still, this shot into the green works. Don’t fret about getting it close to the hole; worry about staying dry and having an eagle putt.

 

The shot, as difficult as it will be, won’t guarantee you an eagle. The putting here will be incredible difficult with the slope of the green, which is something you will learn after enough rounds. From start to finish, you simply won’t find many holes that are tougher than this one.

Layup if you don’t feel comfortable or if the setup calls for it. Do your best to stick the green and to finish the quality work when you do.

It’s not easy, but you can do it. How do you play?

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