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Welcome to the final submission of the Design-a-Hole finals! After hours upon hours of dissection, our prestigious DAH judges have narrowed a group of nearly 150 down to 10. One of the 10 finalists will become a playable hole in Golden Tee 2017! But before we get there, we need your help.
We have revealed the other nine submissions, and now we are down to the very last one! What did you really like? Which design would you like to play most? What do you wish was different? These comments will ultimately help our judges narrow the 10 finalists down to three and ultimately pick a winner!
So, once again, you are a very important piece to this portion of the contest. And if you missed last week's work, be sure to go back and check it out.
Without further delay, here is Finalist No. 10 (click to enlarge the image and be sure to check the image below):
Slippery Slopes (Par-5) by Rich Wiess
-300 yards to edge of 2nd bunker that is poking out into the fairway. Need at least 275 yards to get past dogleg. Therefore, to set up 2nd shot, you need to drive in between 275-300 yards. Ideal spot would be right side/edge of fairway where you can see that one ball is circled. This would leave you with an approach shot of 250 yards to hole. Risk of this placement would be driving over 300 yards which might land you in bunker, or too short would not leave you a good look to the hole.
-Left side of fairway could be a safer bet, as bunker recedes back into the rough. However, this will lead to a longer 2nd shot; as you can see, if you are all of the way to the left of the fairway, you'll have 300 yards to pin (2nd circled ball). Therefore, there is an element of risk vs. return on the first shot.
-Note the slope of the fairway for 2nd shot. There is a hill that peaks about 150 yards from pin, maybe about 10-15 ft. above ground level. Hill then recedes and "bottoms" out about 50-75 yards before green, before going back up 15-20 ft. above ground level for the actual green (actual values of feet above ground level can be modified if needed). Slope of the green is downward-sloping towards the water; it doesn't have to be an extreme slope (such as 10, for example), but slope should be concerning enough that a ball that lands in the first 1/3 of the green may end up rolling off and down the hill, ultimately settling anywhere from 50-75 yards from pin.
-Pin placement on left-hand side will be most difficult, as an approach shot that does not carry enough green may end up rolling back down the hill and into the water. Approach shot to the right of the green still needs enough to hold, but is a safer play as balls that roll back down the hill would be safe from potential water hazard. Surrounding greenside bunkers present another challenge to the 2nd/approach shot.
Besides downward slope towards water, there isn't anything too crazy going on.
So... What do you think? Share your feedback below or on the Golden Tee Facebook Page! Tune in next week to see our winner!