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For more than a decade, we have asked the question. And for more than a decade, you have answered. If you could design your dream Golden Tee Golf hole, what would it look like? Would it be a par-3? A tricky drivable par-4? A long, winding par-5?
Over the years, thousands of ideas have been submitted. From the bizarre to the brilliant to the downright batty, you’ve used colored pencils and crayons and computers to bring your ideas to life.
This year, we are asking the same question. What can you come up with?
If you have just the right idea—and one of you will—your design will transform into a living, breathing, playable hole in Golden Tee 2020. And that’s just the start.
The 2020 EPIC Flash Design-a-Hole Contest, sponsored by Callaway Golf, will transform one dedicated Golden Tee fan into a designer and so much more.
This winner will also receive their very own Golden Tee Home Edition—a $4,000 top prize on top of the joy that comes with becoming a part of the most storied arcade game ever made. They will also have a week dedicated to them where they get to decide that week’s Monday Mix-up course and design their own Freaky Friday. They’re design duties won’t simply end with their dream golf hole.
How to Submit
The very concept of the contest is both simple and familiar: create your dream golf—any par-3, par-4 or par-5—and submit it between February 22 and April 14.
You can submit as many par-3s, 4s and 5s as you like to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit one. Submit 100. The more the merrier.
You can draw them, CAD them, color them, pen them, explain them—however you feel your design would be best explained and showcased is up to you/ Draw it, build it, name it and then submit it. If you do that, you have a chance at being a part of and winning the game you love.
Want to mail us your designs the good ol’ fashion way? You can do that, too. Just send them to the address below:
200 Corporate Woods Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
Our winner will receive their very own Golden Tee Home Edition, 2020 update and a year of online play. This individual will also watch their idea transform into a playable hole in Golden Tee 2020—a design that will be celebrated and cursed at in the many years to come.
But that’s not all. Callaway Golf, friends of Golden Tee, will partner with the Design-a-Hole Contest once again, providing prizes for our winner and all finalists.
Beyond the monstrous top prize, all finalists will receive a Golden Tee t-shirt, a custom Design-a-Hole finalist Player Card, a box of Callaway ERC Soft Golf Balls as well as the following:
How our Winner Will be Decided
Once the submission period of the Design-a-Hole Contest closes, our prestigious Design-a-Hole judges—a group led by course designer and Golden Tee co-creator Jim Zielinski—will go to work.
Over the weeks that follow, these judges will sift through each and every design submitted. They will analyze distances and concepts and originality and how well each design could translate into the game.
On April 29, we will reveal the first Design-a-Hole finalist on LIVEWIRE, Instagram and Twitter and the Golden Tee Facebook Page. For the next two weeks, we will reveal all 10 finalists and allow the many fans of this game to have their say on which designs they like best.
Whether you submit or not, your feedback is critical. This will ultimately shape the next step of the process—when the judges narrow down a group of 10 to three and eventually one.
And on Friday, May 17, we will narrow this group down one last time—crowning this year’s champion.
So… Any Parting Advice?
Of course, and we’ll have plenty more to say in the weeks ahead.
The beauty of this contest is that you have full control in what you design—how hard, how easy, how short, how long, etc. You are the architect.
The Golden Tee judges LOVE creativity. They love thought put into a design—the risk vs. reward aspects that make a great golf hole. They love originality. But they also love simplicity, and finding a balance of creativity and playability is ultimately what they’re looking for.
Is this distance possible in Golden Tee? What about elevation? What about the location? Imagine playing the designs you create—would translate into the game you love? If so, you’re on the right track.
You don’t need to be an artist. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Just dream up your golf holes, explain them (if you like), name them and send them to email@example.com.
Have fun. You know the game, and show us what you would love to see. And if your idea is just right, your Golden Tee life will change forever.