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Design-a-Hole Finalist: Stone Harbor
Our Voyage Begins on a Lovely Reachable Par-4

The next stage of the 2016 Design-a-Hole Contest has begun. After more than 150 submissions, the group has been narrowed down to 10 by our DAH judges. One of the 10 designs revealed over the next two weeks will be a playable hole in Golden Tee 2016.

Before we get there, however, we need your help deciding which design would fit best in the game you know and love.

We want to your feedback. You can post it in the comments section below or on the Golden Tee Facebook Page, which serves as our unofficial hub for the contest. Each day we will highlight one design and we encourage you to share some feedback on what you think.

Once all 10 finalists have been revealed, our judges will take your feedback, look over each again and narrow it down once more before crowning a winner.

Let’s get to it. Here is Finalist No. 1. Click the image for the full size and check below for details.

 

Stone Harbor (Par-4) by Michael Ryan

This hole is set on the cliffs overlooking a harbor and serves as a risk/reward par 4.  Depending on the wind (prevailing winds are usually from the left and helping) and tee box placement, the green can be driven.  From the front right tee box, 50 yards above the harbor, a player can choose to try to shape a 3 wood with a high tee 300 yds around the tree covered hillside with an A-1 type shot, or play it safe and lay up to one of the two narrow elevated fairways that jut out into the harbor.

The distance increases but the angle improves for the next two tee boxes (345 and 320 yards from the front of both boxes respectively to the center of the green) also perched above the harbor.  If you chose to be aggressive and go for the green in 1 you’ll need an A/B-1 type shot with a driver, a high tee and a little luck.  The placement on either of the two far left tee boxes requires a 200-310 yard drive to layup on one of the two fairways and an approach shot ranging anywhere from 150-250 yards depending on from which fairway you play your second shot. 

The narrow elevated fairways are guarded by rocky outcrops waiting to bounce wayward balls back into the water.  The green slopes down to the water/bunker.


What do you think? Be sure to share your thoughts! 

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