Design-a-Hole celebrates it's 15th anniversary!!
The contest that allows any Golden Tee player to channel their inner Jim Zielinski, take a shot at creating their own golf dream hole design, and potentially have their brilliant creative work featured in the next Golden Tee release!
As always, we're giving the 2023 Design-a-Hole winner their very own GT 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!
But, wait, there's more! We're celebrating the 15th anniversary of this GT tradition with more prizes and giveaways than ever! Stay tuned to GoldenTee.com over the next few weeks to see what goodies are up for grabs for our top 10 finalists!
There are no limits to what you design. It can be tropical, mountainous, at a golf club, in the swamps, or wherever you can think of. Par 3,4, or 5? That's entirely up to you! Let your imagination roam free, and design the next best hole in Golden Tee!
Each year players send in their sketches, drawings, CAD files, photoshops, and gnarled crayon on a crumpled up bar napkin designs for a chance to win BIG, and we can't wait to see what this year's contest brings!
So there you have it GT fans! It's time to get out your sketch pads, and start designing!
How to Submit
The very concept of the contest is both simple and familiar: create your dream golf hole—any par-3, par-4 or par-5—and submit it before Sunday, August 14th, 2022! HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Contest extended through Monday, August 29th, 2022!
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 GT history, and bringing home your very own Golden Tee Home Edition!
Want to mail us your designs the good ol’ fashion way? You can do that, too. Just send them to the address below:
1 Overlook Point, Suite 630
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
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, concepts, originality, and how well each design could translate into the game.
On August 22nd September 5th, we will reveal the first Design-a-Hole finalist on LIVEWIRE, Instagram and Twitter and the Golden Tee Facebook page. In the following two weeks, we will reveal all 10 finalists, allowing the many fans of this arcade classic to make their voices heard, and tell us which designs are their favorites. Whether you submit a design or not, your feedback is critical, and will ultimately shape the next step of the process—when the judges narrow down a group of 10 to three and eventually ONE.
We'll be crowning this year’s champion on September 9th September 16th!
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, you just might change Golden Tee forever.