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Pembroke Links — Hole #7: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

Three boxes here offer many looks…some pin placements can be tough and bring that water into play, so be safe! From the front box, here’s an awesome 9-wood cut into a right pin. From the back-right box, here’s a 6-wood to a front pin. There’s another new box up to the right right from only […]



Beals Creek — Hole #8: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

You’ll find yourself playing left and right about equally here with many combinations of woods and tees.  A good tip is not to let the wind determine the direction you take as much as the pin placement.  For example, in the screen shot here, you want to play around the right side since the pin […]



Beals Creek — Hole #16: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

Most looks have you floating a high-teed wood over the trees into the green, especially from the back boxes.  With a tailwind, you can even get by with a medium-teed 6W so that you can use backspin.  Here’s one with the medium-5W that made it straight over with backspin to a back pin. From the […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 2: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

From the front box with a strong tailwind, you can drive pretty close to the green here and have a chip at eagle.  Big hitters using Streaks may occasionally make it on this green. Otherwise, you’re playing to the fairway where it narrows…towards the left of this area is where you want to land your […]



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Crawdad Swamp

This hole is always drivable, but it can be very easy to very difficult. Read the wind and move your tee around to find the best setup. The first type of shot is a high 5W or 6W over a gap between the trees that you can see by looking up. The second type of […]



Beals Creek — Hole #15: Par 5

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

As usual, your first option is to blast out into the second fairway, towards the left side over the sand.  This offers you a clean approach.  The rough here isn’t awful either as long as you have a straight shot in, because you’ll still have enough distance.  Here’s an 8W hole-out from there. There are […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #9: Par 5

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

Driving out to the right where you land behind the first half of that sand trap (important so you don’t bring the hill into play) in the fairway presents you a great look, slightly downhill, with driver into the green, especially with the pin in the back right.  This is a terrific option especially with […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

The shot here is clear; you’ll be wrapping around the trees into the green.  Most of the time you hit around the right side, although some setups favor the left.  Pin placement can matter too, as you prefer to have some landing area on the green on the way to the stick.  Obviously long is […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 8: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

This par 3 has a tee box across the water, and a couple more off to the right. From the front-right box, here’s an ace to a center pin. From the back-right box, this 5-hybrid also finds the cup. One new box is back-left a bit to an up 4 green from about 220 yards…here’s […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 18: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

Some setups here can be really tough, because you can face distance challenges as well as finding the right cut.  You’ll be coming in left-to-right usually, so angle is important. A common mistake I’ve seen early is to come up short, and then compound the issue by using bite or backspin, which pulls your ball […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #13: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

From the front box, here’s a well-played 7-iron for the dunk! And from the back box, this 5-hybrid also dunks for the ultra shot! There’s another new tee box to the front-right of the back box, offering about 150 yards into the green.  Here’s a great 5-iron ace from there. Another new box is way […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #13: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Three tee boxes here with two different angles, and with both, this can be a tough hole, especially with the pin on the bottom tier and a cross-wind.  A setup like that really challenges your ability just to stick that small area of the green.  The shorter distance also brings into potential a gap in […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #2: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

A 0-hybrid is a fantastic club to have here…from longer looks, you can hit medium tee or low tee and curve it around the trees with something like a B3 with backspin for an eagle putt.  It’s definitely one where you improve with practice but you gain more control by not having the ball in […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #13: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

When taking aim here, make sure you hold down the fly-by button, as there are bushes on top of the hill you might hit!  Most of the time it’s good to aim as straight at you can at the green and then compensate by playing a small cut around the hill with a lofted club, […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 7: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

With this hole, you do need to shoot a wood through the gap with bite or backspin, and you may have to apply some curve based on the setup.  Early on you’ll notice that you may be carrying long because it’s slightly downhill, so tend to play a half-club shorter and towards the center of […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 9: Par 5

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

From the center box, tee it high with a 5W or 6W and carry over at the green…this high-teed 5-wood goes right over the top for the super albatross! From the back box, you can carry a high 3W or 4W over the top as well at the green…here’s a nice high-teed 3W over the […]



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #18: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Crawdad Swamp

There is a fairly-forgiving hill on the right you can use to settle onto green most of time, making this not the worst closing hole. Still, setups with a strong left wind are quite challenging and might have you rotate left once to play an A2-type shot to cut into the wind at the green. […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #6: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Three tee boxes here offer varying looks…one short-right, one medium-center and one back-left. From the back box, this driver finds a back pin. One new tee box is to the right from about 160 yards…here’s a nice 5-iron worked into a right pin.



Agave Ranch — Hole #17: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Several options here with different woods and tee heights, so you’ll adjust and play the wind and pin as needed.  With a pin tucked front right, you can also trickle down off the hill to the right of the green. From the front box, here’s a 9-wood that is short but catches some incredible bounces […]



Beals Creek — Hole #5: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

From the front-half of this box, you can usually take straight aim at the green…look for a little dip in the tree line and play something like a high-teed 5-wood right at it. From the back half of the box, you’ll play between an A1 and A2 shot around/over the trees into the green, usually […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 1: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

From the front box, it can be enticing to play a big C3 towards the green to give yourself a chip at eagle. Don’t play up top of the hill to start – there’s a solid fence there that will catch your ball and make it hard to get out…not the way you want to […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 16: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

You’ll get a lot of practice shaping shots here, as most setups call for you to curve around the hill into the green.  This can either be a small cut, most often with the wind NOT blowing right, or a larger cut where you rotate to the right and play more of a C2-type shot […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #17: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

From the back-center box, this hole plays easiest into an up 10 green.  Yeah it can be hard into a headwind, but it’s hole #17 on a tough course, so just aim high on the green if that’s the case with lower loft.  This 5-wood carries into a back-right pin for the dunk! From the […]



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #7: Par 5

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Crawdad Swamp

With this par 5, you’re always aiming for the middle or left-half of the center of the fairway, about 340 yards out. There’s a mound there and sitting on it gives you a nice open approach through the trees at the green. If you’re too far right or too short/long, you’ll have to curve a […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #4: Par 4/5

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

First, look to see if you can carry your drive out to the second fairway with a big C3…this is rarely an option but offers the easiest approach. The next two options often depend on the wind and pin placement for your approach.  A common option that many players like is to play out to […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

Here’s one of the toughest approach shots in the game, because you have to carry a shot downhill into a small, tiered green…it’s very challenging to stick the green near the hole for a birdie putt.  One thing you might consider is laying back off the tee for a lower-lofted approach and perhaps more distance […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 13: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

You can get some downright nasty setups here, because the wind is strong, you have to play a lofted club, and the green is tiered.  It’s great to get creative with low tees and cut shots to fight that wind and practice your shot-making. From the left and back boxes, it’s a bit easier because […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #4: Par 3

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

From the back box, this high-teed 5-wood thumber dunks for the ultra-shot ace! From the middle box, this 9-wood also dunks to a back pin. One new box is off to the left of the front box in the sand area…here’s a 6-iron ace from there. Another new box is further up left in the […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #15: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

Front pins are the ones that can get you in trouble…you have to make sure to carry the green first and foremost, but the down 7 makes it hard to stay in the front.  Short shots will call for that lob wedge out of the sand again.  With a down 7, you’d prefer NOT to […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #4: Par 4

By • Updated: Apr 20th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

An offset look with a downhill shot into an hourglass green all contribute to the challenge here, but the green is large enough that you should be able to stick a safe spot.  Three tee boxes offer many different looks.  Don’t chase a sucker pin in a narrow part of the green that could lead […]