Archive for 2012

Rustic Bridge — Hole #16: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 14th, 2018 • Category: Rustic Bridge

Even at 400 yards, this hole is usually drivable or very close to it, since it plays downhill.  Here’s an incredible shot off the tee for an ace!  Here’s another that finds the hole. Here’s a hole-out from the fairway after laying up.



Sequoia Grove — Hole #16: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Sequoia Grove

Here is an awesome 3-wood ace from the left-center box.  This high-teed 5-wood found the cup from there as well. This 3-wood came around the left side with a great B1 shot and found the hole.  This one came around with more angle for the dunk!  And this low-teed driver skip was a great play […]



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #5: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Jackrabbit Junction

This shot is easiest from the left-center box — normally a high tee right at the green, even though a high tee wouldn’t always be needed.  Here’s a high-teed 5-wood ace from there. The same shot works from the right-center box where a high tee is most often needed.  Or you can work a shot around […]



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #7: Par 3

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Jackrabbit Junction

This hole plays uphill, so you’ll usually need to play a little extra distance to stay pin-high.  But above all else here, keep your ball on the same tier as the pin!  It can be tempting to be aggressive, but you’ll likely cost yourself a stroke if you have to putt up or down a […]



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #13: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Jackrabbit Junction

Three different fairway approaches to the hole create variety on this short par 4, which is all about distance control.  You need to clear the hill in front while trying not to fall off the slope on the back. Here’s an ace coming down the right fairway, where the angled green makes the shot slightly […]



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #18: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Jackrabbit Junction

The best setups allow you to blast a straight high-teed driver over the cacti to the right edge of the second fairway.  If the wind is more challenging, you can rotate left and play a big A1 drive through the gap into that second fairway instead.  Here’s a nice backspin one-hop hole-out with the 7-wood. […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #3: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

Here you’ll almost always play a driver straight ahead to just behind the back-left fairway trap.  This is the safe play, and the farther left you can stay, the straighter approach you’ll have — this one played the wind nicely.  Here’s a nice 7-wood curved around from well behind the fairway sand.    Even if you […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #6: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

This par 5 is difficult to get close in two because of the narrow fairway and the pesky trees hanging over the green.  However, I’ve found a strategy that works pretty well most of the time. With any type of wind except a strong tailwind, you can lay back in the fairway for a driver […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #9: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

There are many ways to play this shot, and often still more than one option given a particular tee box and wind.  The left-center box gives you the best look, because you can take aim straight at the green and play just a small curve around the left of the trees.  You can also rotate […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #11: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

This year’s Design-A-Hole has a lot going on.  There are a lot of options, so you’ll need to size them up depending on your tee box.  From the front boxes, this hole can be drivable, and you’ll always want to go for it.  Even with a wind blowing hard right, you can still curve a […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #13: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

A low-teed 4-wood often works well here — it stays under the first obstacle and goes through the second obstacle instead of over it.  This lets you hit it hard but still have correct distance.  Check out an example of that shot here.  Just be careful using backspin and/or hitting it super hard, both of […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #15: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

The only legitimate chance of eagle here is to look to the right towards the green, and locate the shortcut patch.  Depending on the wind, you’ll play a couple different types of shots.  With a headwind, you’ll want a high tee, loft and an accurate line through the middle of the structures to nail the […]



Coconut Beach — Hole #17: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Coconut Beach

This is one of the toughest eagles in 2013, followed immediately by perhaps THE toughest eagle in the game.  In most cases, it doesn’t hurt to go for it, because the sand and the rough below the hole will catch most errant shots.  Let’s start there, because this is very entertaining. From the front box, […]



Cape Haven — Hole #16: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Cape Haven

With a tailwind, blast a long drive down the fairway, where you should have enough to get there in two.  Hit it straight or curve it and try to get past the bridge a ways.  The overhanging bridge can be in play if you hit it too hard, so you’ll want the ball on the […]



Cape Haven — Hole #18: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Cape Haven

Here’s a nice 4-wood with backspin from the far right box.  In contrast, here’s a great 7-wood from there as well. This 5-wood rolled in nicely from the center box. Check out this ferocious 3-wood dunk from the back box! VIDEO DEMO



Bear Lodge — Hole #4: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Bear Lodge

Here’s a nice 3-wood ace from the left-center box followed by one floated in from the right-center box. The hole gets long from the back boxes.  You can work a driver through the gap in the middle like this nice shot from the back right box. Or, you can high tee something like a 3-wood and go […]



Bear Lodge — Hole #7: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Bear Lodge

From the back left box, this one can be really tough.  The trees reach out and it almost looks undrivable, but it can be done — you’ll just need the right angle of pullback, and take it all the way out to 3 or past.  Here’s an excellent 3-wood ace from the back-left box.  You […]



Bear Lodge — Hole #11: Par 3

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Bear Lodge

Here’s a nice 7-wood from the front-left box followed by a 5-wood ace from the back-right box. VIDEO DEMO



Let the experiments begin!

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Features, Improvement, Miscellaneous

Some of you know that I invested in a 2012 Golden Tee Unplugged that I got set up in my basement right before the Super Bowl this year!  It’s been incredible.  Not only do I hope to improve my game, but my mind was also racing with ideas for experiments to run with the luxury […]



Glacier Ranch — Golden Tee 2007

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2007 Golden Tee course Glacier Ranch.



Glacier Ranch — Hole #5: Par 4

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

Here’s a perfect driver to a back pin.  This one didn’t need to bounce at all.



Glacier Ranch — Hole #8: Par 5

By • Updated: Mar 4th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

There’s a lay-up spot towards the green on the right side of the hill, but it’s tough to stick, and usually not worth it!  Be careful of the wood too, which can deflect your ball too much. It’s almost always a better option to blast far out in the main fairway.  Here’s a great hole-out […]



Rustic Bridge — Hole #1: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 13th, 2018 • Category: Rustic Bridge

You can get pretty close to this green a couple different ways, if not on, with certain looks!  A 3-wood at the right angle can reach the sand around the left side, and a driver played just right can curve in pretty close from the right.  With high tees, some woods can go over the […]



Glacier Ranch — Hole #9: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

Here’s sweet 5-wood dunk.  This one looks way long but was actually perfect — check it out!



Glacier Ranch — Hole #13: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

Put your tee shot up on the grassy hill to the right, and bring you approach over the top to the green.



Glacier Ranch — Hole #14: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

This hole-out to a back pin was otherwise water-bound for sure!



Glacier Ranch — Hole #15: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Glacier Ranch

Check out the bank-in on this short par 3.



Rustic Bridge — Golden Tee 2007

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Rustic Bridge

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2007 Golden Tee course Rustic Bridge.



Rustic Bridge — Hole #12: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Rustic Bridge

This is a tough eagle.  You need a long drive, but even then, you may still need quite a bit of curve on your approach shot, trying to hold a narrow green with water all around it!  Here’s an outstanding hole-out.  This drive was long enough to allow a 5-wood over the top. There’s also […]



Rustic Bridge — Hole #13: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Rustic Bridge

You can usually play a big A1 drive to the second fairway, but it does come with a bit of risk — this is interesting, for instance.  This approach shot from the rough found the cup.  But, if you aren’t sure, just lay back in the first fairway — you’ll still have plenty of club […]