The release of Golden Tee PGA TOUR 2023-2024 is just around the corner, and we were fortunate enough to secure a bit of time with the man himself, GT Co-Creator and Course Designer, Jim Zielinski for some insight on his next round of published designs to the course roster!
We’ll cover the Day One releases over the next several days, so be sure to check LIVEWIRE and our socials to catch the entire series of Jim Z. 2023-2024 course insights! Without further adieu, here’s Jim with his thoughts on Manhattan View!
Jim Z. on Manhattan View
What about this location drew you to it?
“I love city courses because they always offer a different look and feel. We’ve done a New York City course before with Rustic Bridge. That course was located in Central Park. This one is set in a nearby area in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.”
What can GT players expect when they tee off here for the first time?
“Well this course is a public-park style course, but at night. There will be night time views of New York City, and the illuminated Statue of Liberty visible out in the harbor!”
What makes this a worthy addition to the GT roster of courses?
“Our city and night time courses have always been popular, this one is a very unique example that merges both styles.”
What is unique or noteworthy about Manhattan View?
“Manhattan view is a fairly flat course with lots of tricky eagle shots. The main obstacles are bunkers and ponds. There are trees, but mainly in clusters that give players a challenge to work around. This course is pretty straight forward if you are playing birdie golf, but if you try to gamble on the eagle shots, it can play harder than most.”
What is your favorite hole from this addition to the carousel?
“I think my favorite hole from this course is hole 15. It’s actually a very challenging straight up par 4. It’s not drivable, and setting up a good approach shot will take a very precise tee shot. It’s kind of a rarity in Golden Tee to have this much challenge on a non-drivable par 4.”
Does this course have any similarities to existing GT courses, and did you draw inspiration from them in designing this one?
“Not really specific similarities. There are park style courses we’ve done before like Rustic Bridge, Laurel Park, and Mayfield. Manhattan View differs quite a bit mainly because it’s a night course and probably has more twists and turns than the previous park courses. Straight shots will get you birdies here, but you’ll really need to shape your shots to earn the eagles.”
It sounds like Manhattan View offers quite the risk/reward for seasoned players with the shot shaping chops to ride the line, and we can’t wait to tee off on Hole 1! We’ll be back with more GT 2023-2024 course insights from Mr. Jim Zielinski, starting with an inside look at Missouri Hills tomorrow! Stay tuned, friends!