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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.
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.
Pearl Lagoon No. 3
Your eyes do not deceive you; Hole 3 on Pearl Lagoon is in fact a straight forward par-3 with limited danger to speak of. There is water off in the distance, although you shouldn’t worry about that. Even the sand traps are limited here.
The two most notable items of this design are unquestionably the elevation and the shape of the green. Combined they can help turn a simple hole into an easy par, doing so without you even knowing what just happened.
Although there aren’t any real dangers on this hole, it is still possible to miss the green and be forced to chip rather than putt for birdie. Given the obstacles ahead, these are the situations you have to avoid. While playing aggressive is a good mentality to have, it can also come back to bite you.
Depending on where the pin is situated, you essentially have three options. You can approach it with backspin—which will be exaggerated in large part because of the elevation. You can attack it with bite, which is without question the safest of options. And for back pins, you can choose to attack this hole with no spin at all.
How you decide to approach this shot is up to you, although all three will work just fine.
The setup to be mindful of here is, without question, when the pin is tucked in the left side of the green—the small crevice where there’s little room to land. Although it’s always tempting to go right for the cup, this is a situation you should approach with some.
More specifically, you should aim for the larger part of the green and ensure a putt instead.
You’ll have other holes coming up where you’ll have no choice but to risk it.
How do you play?