Author Archive

Mystic Hills — Hole #16: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 18th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

This shot varies quite a bit depending on the tee box, with the most challenging setups calling for a high-teed driver from the back box.  Still, it’s a straight shot where you’re just playing the wind, so it comes down to distance control in sticking the green for your eagle putt.



Mystic Hills — Hole #2: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 18th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

There are some rare setups from the front box with a tailwind that allow big hitters to reach the green, but usually you’re laying up short in the left fairway (here’s a hole-out from there) or trying to curve around the corner right for a clear, shorter approach.  Here’s a hole-out from the right.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #6: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 14th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

There never seems to be a reason to have to curve around the right side of the hill — you should almost always be able to go right over the top. With a tailwind, just club down and carry to the downside of the hill with backspin to settle down onto the green.  From the […]



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 […]



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #17: Par 3

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

Complexities could arise if the pin is close to the tier division on the green, as you never want to be on the wrong side of that…but it’s usually manageable on this par 3.  However, you need to make sure you have the right clubs in your bag for this one.  It can be a […]



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #11: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

It’s not typically too difficult to stick the green here, but if you’re on the wrong tier, you’ll have some problems, as putting behaves peculiarly up the slope.  You may need several attempts to putt up to the second tier depending on the distance.  So, especially with a pin on the top tier, make sure […]



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #7: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

Here’s another always driveable par 5 that will just challenge your shot-making and distance control.  Most often, you’ll set up a bit left of the green and angle it fairly straight right through the gap.  Depending on how hard you hit it, the hills by the green can be in play with the elevation or […]



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #3: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

With golden tees, this par 5 now becomes drivable in most all cases!  There can be straight looks through the cactus gaps right at the green, or you can turn left to play up and over…check out this high-teed 3-wood around the left of the cacti that finds the cup! The best and most controlled […]



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #2: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

Many conditions make this hole drivable with a high-teed driver of any kind…you can often play straight at it, or curve one in there if you need extra distance.  Of course the sand will try to stop your ball in front of the green but it’s great to take advantage of this eagle when it’s […]



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #12: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Rattlesnake Ridge

Not many holes provide as much risk/reward as this one — it can give you a double-eagle and a chance at a huge round or it can be a blow-up hole, killing your round.  First step is to size up the conditions. I’ve had success over the top with a high 6W but usually only […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #18: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

Three different tee boxes here, but there are certainly more challenging finishing holes than this one.  Do your best to stick the middle of the green to give yourself a shot to finish with an eagle. From the center box, here’s a 3-wood with bite that finds the hole.



Mystic Hills — Hole #15: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

It appears the layup spot is always the same here…just curve your drive around left-to-right and make sure it sticks in the fairway out to the right.  With a driver off the tee, you’ll have plenty of distance to reach the green in two on your approach.



Mystic Hills — Hole #14: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

After playing this one a few times, you’ll remember this one is tricky because of the uphill approach shot into a severe up-10 slope.  Make sure to leave yourself with enough loft for your approach, whether you lay back for a 7-wood or play up more for a 7-hybrid, for example.  A close approach shot […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #11: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

You can always get to the second fairway, but it can be challenging with a tough setup and call for a big C3 high-teed driver to make it there.  But once you get there, it should make for a pretty standard eagle.



Mystic Hills — Hole #9: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

While the drive is not tough, the approach shot here is challenging because of the elevation change, the massive green and the significant slope.  If you don’t put it close, you could miss your putt and have a disappointing par to finish the front.  Find a spot off the tee that gives you a comfortable […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #8: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

Try to get your drive out far enough out and left so you have a straight shot into the green.  Sometimes that’s just a straight B2 shot but other times you might turn right one and high tee a driver with a big C3 for more distance.  Here’s a hole-out from the fairway.



Mystic Hills — Hole #7: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

This is usually a 3W or driver with perhaps a small cut into the green…it’s not among the more challenging holes here so take aim to stick it close and make sure you come away with eagle.



Mystic Hills — Hole #6: Par 5

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

Often times it’s not hard to clear to the second fairway, but there can be looks where you have to give it all you’ve got with a high tee, such as an A1 drive from the back-right box.  Hit it hard and don’t lose chance at eagle here.



Mystic Hills — Hole #4: Par 3

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

From the left box, you may have to curve the ball into the green, making this a challenging early par 3.  Other looks are straight at the flag.



Mystic Hills — Hole #12: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

This par 4 is usually drivable with the difficulty depending on the tee box and wind. From the front box, this high-teed 3W went high over the top to find the hole. With a bad wind from the back-right box, you may have to lay up.  It’s very challenging not only to drive but to […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

This is a tricky, yet sometimes drivable par 4.  It slopes away from you towards the water, so it typically discourages a high tee unless you can crank it into a headwind (you’ll want the backspin to hold the green).  However, the deep sand trap in front can be tough to clear and is punishing […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #5: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

Three different tee boxes here, with the front-left being the easiest as it’s usually a high-teed 4W or 5W pretty straight over the top at the green.  From there, this high-teed 5W floats over the top to find the cup. From the front-right, you may have to play a bit of cut into the green, […]



Mystic Hills — Golden Tee 2018

By • Updated: Feb 11th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

The worst setups here may leave you with a GT Par of -26, while the best ones could have you looking at -30.  #2 is rarely there with a great look, #5 can be shut down from the back box, #10 can also be shut down with a bad setup, and #12 is rarely shut […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #3: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 6th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

From the left, you can shoot straight over the trees at the green, usually with a high tee. You can do the same from the right with some curve but there’s also a path through the middle if you want to use spin.  This medium-teed driver curved around the left side to spin back in […]



Rhineland — Hole #14: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 6th, 2018 • Category: Rhineland

A 3-hybrid is a great club to have here — check out this nice one through the tunnel that finds the hole!  You can get away with more height than you might think here…a 5-hybrid is fine and works well with certain distances, but a low-teed 6-wood also clears if the distance calls for it.  […]



Mystic Hills — Hole #17: Par 3

By • Updated: Feb 5th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills


Mystic Hills — Hole #13: Par 3

By • Updated: Feb 5th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills

There’s quite the elevation drop here, so wind control is key to keep this on the green…here’s an example ace.



Mystic Hills — Hole #1: Par 4

By • Updated: Feb 5th, 2018 • Category: Mystic Hills


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!



Indigo Mound — Hole #3: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 29th, 2018 • Category: Indigo Mound