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Welcome, one and all, to another year of the Design-a-Hole Contest.
After opening up our submission doors to the Golden Tee world, it’s time to highlight the 10 finalists that caught our judges’ attention.
First, a giant thank you to the Golden Tee community. We received over 250 designs this year—an all-time high—and we want to thank everyone who took time to design their hole and submit it. Your hard work and passion is why we run this event year after year. It’s what fuels this contest. So seriously, thank you for all that you do.
Now, to the finals.
One of the 10 designs that will be showcased over the course of 10 days—Monday thru Friday over the next two weeks—will become a playable hole in Golden Tee 2020. This winner will also receive their very own Golden Tee Home Edition and the opportunity to design their own Freaky Friday course.
The stakes are high for those still left, and now they (well, we) need your help.
We want you to post your feedback on all finalists on the Golden Tee's social media channels.
What do you like about a design? What do you love? What would you do differently?
While course designer Jim Zielinski will ultimately have the final say, we will take all feedback and use it in one final judges meeting to determine a top three and eventually a winner.
So let’s get going and welcome our second finalist.
Let's say hello to Whirlpool, a Par-4 by Brandon Davis.
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This Par 4 will be played differently based on your tee box. As with most of my designs, elevation plays a key role. The main fairway has a narrow, elevated landing zone that if safely reached, will put your approach shot shorter and at the same elevation as the green.
From the top of that fairway, the elevation swirls down drastically until the bottom part of the fairway is reached. If you choose that route, you will have a shorter shot off the tee but will have to deal with fairway bunkers as well as the downhill slope to the water. There could be some other landing options throughout the fairway, each with their own elevation and distance challenges. I have marked estimated distances for each shot. The 120 yard shot is an optional drop zone for balls the fall to the water off the tee.