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Catedrais Beach — Hole 2: Par 4

By • Updated: Jun 10th, 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 […]



Glacier Ranch — Hole #16: Par 4

By • Updated: Jun 8th, 2019 • Category: Glacier Ranch

There are some spots to work your tee shot through the trees into the green, depending on your setup.  I have had success a couple different ways here. From the front box, you can ram a 9-iron through the gap where it will hit the leaves and settle. More easily, though, you may also be […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #14: Par 5

By • Updated: Jun 3rd, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

In rare scenarios, certain gifted players may take the risk to try to drive this green! Check out this example where a lot went right for it to hop on up, but still amazing! There are two layup spots here off the tee depending on the wind. If possible, it’s better to fly it straight […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #1: Par 4

By • Updated: May 30th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Rare setups make this hole drivable.  Also check out this ramp that was discovered by using a low-teed 8.5 driver with Razors that shot up straight ahead by the green! Otherwise just choose a spot in the fairway to safely avoid the sand for your approach, which is slightly uphill.  After laying back in the […]



Beals Creek — Hole #7: Par 5

By • Updated: May 27th, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

From the back-right box, you should always be hitting a high-teed 10.5 driver with a full A1 into the second fairway…the combination of distance and elevation takes any trouble from trees or water out of play. From the other two tee boxes, you’re just blasting your drive out into the second fairway however you like […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: May 21st, 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 […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: May 20th, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

You may sometimes catch a ramp on this hole to propel your ball up towards the green — this one settled in the front sand.  And this one just kept going all the way up to the green…an amazing low-teed driver with roll!  But otherwise it’s just a fairway layup anywhere for a lofted approach […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 1: Par 4

By • Updated: May 19th, 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 […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #11: Par 3

By • Updated: May 19th, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

From the right box, here’s an ace to a back-right pin. From the center box, here’s a 7-hybrid that spins back to a front pin. And from the left box, this 8-wood finds a right pin. There’s a new box off to the right from about 220 yards offering a look at an up 4 […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #9: Par 5

By • Updated: May 19th, 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 […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 15: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

Even though the green slopes downhill, it’s still a nice option to high-tee a wood and go straight at the green, compensating for distance.  This is usually still easier than trying to curve left or right around the hill into the green.  Here’s a high-teed 5W that finds a back-left pin. Something else to keep […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 13: Par 3

By • Updated: May 5th, 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 […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 11: Par 5

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

This hole is sometimes drivable with the right combo of tee box, wind and positioning…from the center box with a high tee, this driver cuts its way through for the super albatross!  Here’s another from a different angle.  Even if you’re not sure you can get there but think you can get close, it can […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 10: Par 3

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

As with all tiered greens, this one plays easier with the pin on the bottom tier…here’s an example ace.  Sometimes it gets trickier with a tougher wind and pin placement because there is the threat of water all around…here’s a great 7-hybrid cut into a right pin. One new box here is off to the […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 7: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 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 5: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

The addition of a more elevated hump in the middle of the main hill guarding the green added some challenge here, so you might have to work around it, but the concept is still the same.  From the back boxes, it’s best to high-tee a 5W or 6W and aim right at the green by […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 3: Par 3

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

Here’s a 3-hybrid ace from the back box. There’s a new box here to the back-right from about 260 yards. A second new box is back-right on top of the hill from 270 yards, bringing elevation into play. Another new tee box is to the left in the sand area from about 180 yards.



Agave Ranch — Hole #18: Par 4/5

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Sometimes this hole can set up pretty darn tough, but often it’s not too bad for an 18th hole.  You’ll size up the wind and pin placement and then see if you’re able to drive out to the second fairway, from where you’ll be shooting downhill into this down-sloped green.  A 3-hybrid is often a […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #17: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 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 […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #15: Par 5

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

With a huge wind, you might consider taking a shot at the green with a huge C3, as this one can be drivable…this one almost got there!  Even an A1 can be an option to try, but there’s more trouble on that side if you don’t have a lob wedge or something to flop over […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #14: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

From the right box, you can either use a tee to hit over the cactii (clubbing down and hitting hard is always good to maximize elevation and minimize chance of hitting anything), or you can club up a bit and play a small hook around the right side of the cactii into the green, like […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #12: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Just throw your drive out in the fairway (avoid the dirt with the right-sloping fairway, though!), but you might want to consider leaving yourself between a 3W-5W approach…those clubs give you flexibility to fight any wind with enough elevation to easily reach the green on this uphill shot, but also without much gap in distance.  […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #11: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

From the right box it’s usually best to play a high tee…you’ll notice shots coming up short here at times so I tend to hit a bit harder to urge the ball into those back pins.  Here’s a high-teed 4W floated into a back pin. From the left box, you’ll have a straighter look at […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #9: Par 5

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Rare setups allow you to drive within about 25 yards of the green on this hole!  So if you see a favorable look, it might be good to attempt a big drive at it to see if you can make the chip…you’ll line up one click left of the hole and play a big A1 […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #8: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

This hole is not too challenging other than the offset…it’s slightly uphill from the left boxes and slightly downhill from the far-right box.  It’s a pretty big green so just make sure to give yourself a putt! From the back-right box, this driver finds a right pin. One new box is left of the front-left […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #7: Par 5

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Perhaps the best, most consistent look off the tee is to turn way right of the green and play out to the grassy area that is actually desert turf, which plays like the first cut of the fairway.  Playing out to the end here means a clearer approach shot into the green where you can […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #6: Par 3

By • Updated: May 5th, 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. Another new box is way out left from about 230 yards instead.



Agave Ranch — Hole #5: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

From the front-left box, the hill is not really in play…it’s the easiest look.  Just carry a wood over the edge of the hill into the green…here’s an ace with the 5-wood. From the back-center box, you’ll high tee a 5W or 6W over the hill into the green…elevation usually isn’t an issue to clear […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #3: Par 3

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Here’s a 7-hybrid ace to a front pin. One new tee box is behind the original from about 190 yards instead.



Agave Ranch — Hole #2: Par 4

By • Updated: May 5th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

Rare setups make this hole drivable from the front box. Some players can even reach from the middle box especially by using Streaks – check out this huge C3 that finds the hole! After a drive down the fairway, here’s an example hole-out. One new tee box is left of the original middle box where […]