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Pine Meadow — Hole #5: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 25th, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

From the left of the box, here’s a 3W with backspin to a left pin on the lower tier. Here’s a nice driver with bite that hops up to a pin on the upper tier.



Pine Meadow — Hole #10: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 24th, 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. Here’s a hole-out from the end of the fairway.



Rustic Bridge — Hole #15: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 24th, 2019 • Category: Rustic Bridge

It’s very difficult to leave yourself with a reasonable approach shot by taking the long way around, so your best shot is to try to lay up in line with the pathway through the trees to the green.  If you pull that off, you can either play a toned-down driver to reduce distance while keeping […]



Beals Creek — Hole #15: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 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 […]



Beals Creek — Hole #17: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

For a 17th hole par 3, this one usually plays pretty easy.  The only issue might be a gap in clubs where you have to use a tee to adjust.  When in doubt, the center of the green is a big landing area! From the front-center box, here’s the same distance and two very different […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #7: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

From the fairway, this 5-wood spins back to a front pin.



Pine Meadow — Hole #8: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

From the front box, here’s a nice SW with bite punched over to a right pin.  And this one spins back to a front-left pin.



Coral Vista — Hole #4: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Coral Vista

After driving the shortcut route over the swimming pool towards the green, here’s a hole-out from there.



Sandhill Woods — Hole #3: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

There are many different ways to play this one depending on the tee box.  From the front-right box, it’s often a great play to the sand straight ahead…there’s a large opening between two bunches of trees allowing a clear shot into the green from there.  You can also play across the water into the second […]



Beals Creek — Hole #18: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

Usually I’d say you need to be careful thumbing any shot where you’re clearing a wall with water in front, but because this shot is often a more-lofted 5W or 6W anyway, thumbing is not a bad option, especially with a tailwind.  And tailwinds are what present the most trouble here…just make sure your worst […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #4: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 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 […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 14: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Catedrais Beach

Most times the best shot here is to blast as far as you can down the left fairway, either a B2 hammer or a curve shot.  In the right conditions, you’ll carry far enough to have a clear shot at the pin.  Sometimes you’ll have to play a small cut into the green still, but […]



Catedrais Beach — Hole 18: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 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 […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #15: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 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 […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #12: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

This driver with bite finds a center pin.



Pembroke Links — Hole #4: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 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 […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #17: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

Here’s a 5-hybrid with a tiny cut to a back-center pin.  With that same look, this 9-wood also finds the hole by cutting into the wind.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 5: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 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 […]



Pembroke Links — Hole #5: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Pembroke Links

Almost always here, I like to play a big driver straight ahead to the right fairway…you only need to get a little ways past the hill to have a clear approach into the green.  This also keeps you close in line with the elevation to the green. After a really long drive down the right […]



Pine Meadow — Golden Tee 2019

By • Updated: Jan 23rd, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

Here’s the recommended club set from GTF, while the recommended balls are Grabbers.  Some players are using Streaks which can help on #1 and potentially others, but I feel there’s more value having backspin on other holes where you need to stick the green because of downslopes or surrounding water.



Pine Meadow — Hole #1: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 18th, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

Check out this huge C3 that finds the hole off the tee!



Agave Ranch — Hole #2: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 18th, 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.



Agave Ranch — Hole #16: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 14th, 2019 • Category: Agave Ranch

This is perhaps the toughest hole this year, where birdie is outstanding and par can be just fine…it’s so difficult to avoid the water with some looks.  You have an awkward green with water everywhere and rocks to deflect errant shots into said water.  Loft is key to clear everything, and accuracy is key to […]



Agave Ranch — Hole #13: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 14th, 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 […]



Beals Creek — Hole #3: Par 3

By • Updated: Jan 14th, 2019 • Category: Beals Creek

Unless most early-round par 3s, you can’t take this one for granted…carry is important to get up onto the green because of the short wall in front.  So, you can’t be too aggressive may times, and bite is often good to settle in for your birdie putt. This 6-wood just clears from the back box […]



Sandhill Woods — Hole #18: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 14th, 2019 • Category: Sandhill Woods

A really tough finishing hole for a really tough course.  The easiest box here is the front-right one which at least allows a straight shot into the green, although you still have to manage the wind and avoid the water.  Shot-making can get very creative here; sometimes you want low-loft and sometimes you need to […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #6: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 14th, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

Here’s a driver with bite cut around the right side that finds the hole!  And here’s a high-teed 3W that hugs the left side for the dunk.



Pine Meadow — Hole #11: Par 5

By • Updated: Jan 14th, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

With a clear approach from the right fairway, here’s a backspin hole-out with the 4-wood.  This drive didn’t quite get far enough but a well-curved recovery finds the hole.



Agave Ranch — Hole #17: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 13th, 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 […]



Pine Meadow — Hole #9: Par 4

By • Updated: Jan 12th, 2019 • Category: Pine Meadow

From the front-left of the box, here’s a high-teed 5W over the top to a left pin.  And here’s a driver that stays low through the gap to find the hole.