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Priming for Golden Tee 2019!

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It’s that time of year again to get pumped for new courses and features, and you can find links to everything new here — check back often as more news is released regarding Golden Tee 2019…the 30-year anniversary!

Now, the courses!  They look fantastic, as usual…click the links below to get much more detail on the new offers for 2019:
Agave Ranch
Beals Creek
Catedrais Beach
Pembroke Links
Sandhill Woods

In addition to the 5 new courses, we’re hoping to get a chance to play two more reimagined courses from the Golden Tee Fore era…stay tuned!

Time-released tee boxes were a big hit in 2018, so we’ll assume to have those again in 2019 as well.

Fashion Fridays are back…here’s a batch of new American-themed clothing.

In addition to the always creative clothing options, there are 18(!) new new custom putters added for 2019!  Check them out here: 8-bit, Saxy Time, Moby Dick, It’s Lit, Shredder, Hocus Pocus, Atomic Drop, and more coming…you can find them all in the GT Caddy app.

There’s a new play mode in Casual Play called Real Time Rivals, which brings John Daly into the game and lets casual players see how they stack up against different skill levels!

It’s not expected to get other popularly-requested features this year (no chipping on the greens, no driving range), but once again Golden Tee has lots for us to be excited about heading into late September and the 30th anniversary release!



Sandhill Woods — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Pinebluff, North Carolina course.

It’ll require back roads and a map to get there—your GPS will do you no good here—but Sandhill Woods offers golfers something they treasure—spectacular, immaculate tranquility. Although the town of Pinebluff, North Carolina is only 2.4 square miles and home to a thousand or so good natured residents, this is now one of the prestigious homes in Golden Tee. The pine trees are tall, as the town’s name would indicate, and the pine straw will provide an atypical surface you’ll learn to hit from. And the closing hole here might just be the most fascinating, curse-word-inducing design in all of 2019.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

GT Par is most commonly -xx here.

Watch Paul Luna play a demo round through all 18 holes!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Sandhill Woods! Check out the hole-by-hole breakdowns and example hole-outs as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!

The most popular club/ball combo on this course will also be discussed.



Pembroke Links — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Lamphey, South Wales course.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, golf returns to its roots—to its rugged, long and spectacular origins. Here in Lamphey, South Wales, Pembroke Links provides bold travelers with an opportunity of a lifetime. Ancient ruins can be seen off in the distance; some will even be in play. The Celtic Sea, with the tide methodically coming in and out, creates a rhythm that seems perfect for this style of golf. And then, of course, there is Pembroke’s trademark feature: the bunkers. They are immaculately crafted and reach depths no Golden Tee creation has ever reached before. It would be best to marvel them from a distance rather than from within. This much is certain.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

GT Par is most commonly -xx here.

Watch Paul Luna play a demo round through all 18 holes!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Pembroke Links! Check out the hole-by-hole breakdowns and example hole-outs as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!

The most popular club/ball combo on this course will also be discussed.



Catedrais Beach — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Ribadeo, Spain course.

On the coast of Ribadeo, Spain sits an Oceanside course far different from most—a place of gorgeous blue water, endless sun and soaring, overpowering rock walls. Catedrais Beach, which stands for the Beach of Cathedrals, is what happens when a canyon and tropical course come together to form one. Shot shaping and tee placement are key as you navigate jagged cliffs that seem to extend forever, all while trying to avoid the ocean and small ponds at all costs. Sundrenched and full of intrigue, Catedrais allows golfers to follow their own path. Which way will you choose?

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

Catedrais Beach will also be home to Lannen’s Landing, the Design-a-Hole winner for 2019.

GT Par is most commonly -xx here.

Watch Paul Luna play a demo round through all 18 holes!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Catedrais Beach! Check out the hole-by-hole breakdowns and example hole-outs as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!

The most popular club/ball combo on this course will also be discussed.



Beals Creek — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Big Spring, Texas course.

At the crossroads of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 87, deep in the heart of Big Spring, Texas, is a golf course you grew up with. Jean shorts won’t be welcome at Beals Creek Golf Club, but this neighborhood course, with oil money all around and massive Texas mansions off in the distance, is where deals are made and business gets done. This lush, green track is loaded with sand, and the rolling streams and creeks that tend to be where your ball wants to explore. This is golf, Texas-ified, in its purest form.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

GT Par is most commonly -xx here.

Watch Paul Luna play a demo round through all 18 holes!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Beals Creek! Check out the hole-by-hole breakdowns and example hole-outs as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!

The most popular club/ball combo on this course will also be discussed.



Agave Ranch — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Scottsdale, Arizona course.

As the sun deliberately dips beyond the horizon, Agave Ranch comes to life. The lights above turn on as the temperatures dip, putting a spotlight on this 18-hole course smack-dab in Scottsdale, Arizona. But the desert has company. Amid the cacti, dust and occasional body of water, players will be surrounded by stands and even a stadium to celebrate competitive golf in a way Golden Tee has never known. And the illuminated sunset, when day and night meet, might just be the greatest backdrop the game has ever known.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

GT Par is most commonly -xx here.

Watch Paul Luna play a demo round through all 18 holes!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Agave Ranch! Check out the hole-by-hole breakdowns and example hole-outs as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!

The most popular club/ball combo on this course will also be discussed.



Mystic Hills — Golden Tee 2018

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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 down with a bad look from the back-right box.



Mystic Hills — Hole #1: Par 4

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Mystic Hills — Hole #2: Par 4

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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.



Mystic Hills — Hole #3: Par 4

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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 the hole.



Mystic Hills — Hole #4: Par 3

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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 #5: Par 4

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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, but it’s about the same club.

An alternative to a high tee is to use a medium tee with backspin and aim for the downslope on the back-end of the hill…you’re trying to have the ball trickle down onto the green and settle for a putt.

The back box appears shut down – I’ll let you know if anyone has found a way to drive the green from here.  That pesky group of trees blocks your path to the green and you can’t curve it around the right into the green because of the water and elevation.  It doesn’t look like any club has both the height and distance to go straight over, and the angle isn’t there to curve around the trees up into the gap on the hill where you play from the front boxes.



Mystic Hills — Hole #6: Par 5

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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 #7: Par 4

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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 #8: Par 5

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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 #9: Par 4

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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 club for your approach and know that the spot may vary because the green is so large, meaning the distance from the front to the back of the green is huge.



Mystic Hills — Hole #10: Par 4

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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 if you don’t.  It might help to come in from the left to try to dodge the trap and use the rough to get on.  Check out this crazy deflection up and on for an ace!  Here’s another from the back of the box that finds a left pin.

Some setups at the back with a headwind may just call for a layup in the fairway, although if you have a lob wedge, you might opt to try to drive up in the sand for a chip at it.



Mystic Hills — Hole #11: Par 5

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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 #12: Par 4

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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 stick the green with certain looks because you’ll be trying to curve in a high-teed driver.  Long can be okay and at least give you a chip back at the green, but of course short in the water should be avoided if you’re unsure.



Mystic Hills — Hole #13: Par 3

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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 #14: Par 4

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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 becomes important with slope like this and it’s always better to be below the hole than risk a rollover putt with a deep downhill slope.



Mystic Hills — Hole #15: Par 5

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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 #16: Par 4

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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 #17: Par 3

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Mystic Hills — Hole #18: Par 4

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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.



Longwood — Golden Tee Golf

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Longwood — Hole #1: Par 4

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Longwood — Hole #2: Par 4

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Longwood — Hole #3: Par 3

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Longwood — Hole #4: Par 5

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