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Safari Dunes — Golden Tee 2018

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2018 African course.

In southern Africa lies a golf course rich with elements: a mix of sand and ocean and fescue, an environmental concoction new to the game you love. Here at Safari Dunes, you’ll walk amongst wilder beasts and elephants, while your wayward tee shots might end up in a hippo’s mouth baking in a nearby hazard. The scenery is both marvelous and grungy—the bright green fairways tucked between danger and beauty alike. Let’s take a walk on the wild side.

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

GT Par is most commonly -29 here.  It can be -28 if #16 is not reachable, and it can be -30 if #12 is driveable!

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

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2018 Golden Tee course Safari Dunes! 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.



Safari Dunes — Hole #1: Par 4

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Safari Dunes — Hole #2: Par 5

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Try to get as long and stay as far left as possible, but because this is an early, short par 5, it’s also an option to lay up short, such as left of the sand…here’s a driver hole-out from there.



Safari Dunes — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s a 6-wood ace to a front pin.



Safari Dunes — Hole #4: Par 4

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It’s not much, but the elevation can affect incoming shots, especially to a front pin…from the back-right box, this driver caught a nice bounce to find the hole.



Safari Dunes — Hole #5: Par 5

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The best setups allow you to drive over the junk to the second fairway, playing out to the left.

Most other setups call for a layup on the sloped landing area between the fairways straight ahead, which calls for distance control.



Safari Dunes — Hole #6: Par 3

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Safari Dunes — Hole #7: Par 5

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It’s best if you can reach the second fairway past the neck, but that’s not always possible.  The alternative is to hit out to the end of the first fairway as close as comfortably possible, which also allows you the distance for a fine approach shot.



Safari Dunes — Hole #8: Par 4

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Be careful trying to go under here, even though it’s inviting.  Even a low-teed 290 driver might not be low enough.  From the back box, here’s a low-teed 300 driver that just got under to find the hole for an ace.  From farther back, this low-teed 310 driver also finds the cup.

A 0-hybrid could be a good club to have here for closer looks so you can still keep it low with the correct distance!  A low-teed 0-bird even skips the water when hit hard straight ahead.

There can be a look over the top in certain conditions…check out this high-teed 6-wood that dunks for the ace!



Safari Dunes — Hole #9: Par 3

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From the back box, here’s an ace to a center pin.



Safari Dunes — Hole #10: Par 4

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From the back-right of the box, you can take a lofted (7 or 8) wood over the top…here’s an ace to a front pin.  With a front pin, having a 7/8-wood is still a great option so you can also high tee and curve around the left side of the trees if needed.



Safari Dunes — Hole #11: Par 5

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There are several layup options here, but perhaps the best is to lay up short of the right sand trap in the fairway ahead.  From here, with most all setups, you’ll still have enough distance and a clear shot between those small trees into the green.  Here’s a nice one-hopper off the friendly desert rock in front of the green.  Here’s another with the 0-hybrid!



Safari Dunes — Hole #12: Par 4

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With the correct wind, this hole can be driveable with an A1 high-teed driver, or perhaps even a 3-wood too.  From the front box, here’s the 310 driver that curves all the way around for a short eagle putt.  And from the back box, this high-teed 290 driver caught a small deflection off the hill to find the hole for an ace!

But most times, you can pick a landing area out left…wherever seems comfortable, and bring in your approach from there.



Safari Dunes — Hole #13: Par 4

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With a long setup from the back box, this driver got a nice bounce up to a back pin.



Safari Dunes — Hole #14: Par 3

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Safari Dunes — Hole #15: Par 5

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There’s a conveniently-placed sand trap straight ahead in the second fairway, but if you can land left or right of here while giving yourself a clear approach at the pin, then that’s ideal.

Another option with tough setups is to curve your shot to the left off the tee and stick the fairway strip in the water, although this can be trickier.  If you get it done, though, you can also have a nice approach shot for a chance at eagle.



Safari Dunes — Hole #16: Par 4

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While not always driveable, some setups allow you to carry over the top to the green…here’s a high-teed 3-wood that goes 373 yards for the ace!  This high-teed 290 driver also had plenty of loft to carry to the hole.

For some added distance, you can also rotate left and play an A1 into the green — here’s a high-teed 3-wood that finds the cup.

And from the right side, here’s a C3 driver that finds the hole!



Safari Dunes — Hole #17: Par 3

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From the center of the box, here’s a one-hop ace.



Safari Dunes — Hole #18: Par 4

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With looks towards the front and right, you can often take a wood straight over the top to the green.  Here’s a 5-wood straight over the top for an ace to a front pin.  And here’s a 6-wood over the right side to a right-center pin.

With some looks towards the back and left, you might have to curl a shot around the dune mountain instead.



Rhineland — Golden Tee 2018

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2018 Germany course.

Among castles and train tracks and mountain walls exists Rhineland, Golden Tee’s German creation. While the endless, lush green surfaces may seem familiar, this course is anything but. Situated in the Rhine River Valley, the Rhine River serves as a constant obstacle: a large, long body of water that will play an impact on the round’s most impactful shots. And the elevation? Well, let’s just say you haven’t walked a course like this in years—maybe ever.”

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

GT Par is most commonly -28, but rare looks on #1 and #15 could increase par to -30 on occasion.

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

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2018 Golden Tee course Rhineland! 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.



Mayfield — Golden Tee 2018

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2018 Iowa course.

Throw the clubs in the trunk, take a right turn down the asphalt road and embrace your inner neighborhood golf hack. Such is the vibe of Mayfield Golf Club, an Iowa park district course that looks and feels like a course you’ve played on a Sunday afternoon. Well, yes and no. This is Golden Tee in a way you’ve never seen it before: through a lively neighborhood, with ground under repair and with water towers and power lines hovering in the distance. Here, shirt and shoes are most certainly optional.

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

GT Par is -29 on this course.

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

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2018 Golden Tee course Mayfield! 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.



Royal Dubai — Golden Tee 2018

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2018 UAE course.

After nearly 30 years of daytime playing, Royal Dubai is allowing us to play the game after hours. With average temperatures exceeding 100 degrees during the day in the United Arab Emirates for much of the year, this is golf at night, under illuminated, artificial lights. The towering Dubai skyscrapers serve as a spectacular backdrop, lighting up the dark skyline themselves. Below, you will have to navigate an extravagant mix of water, sand and thick palm trees to score well. Welcome to Golden Tee at night. 

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

GT Par is normally -28 on this course, although #1 is rarely driveable to make it -29.

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

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2018 Golden Tee course Royal Dubai! 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.



Calypso Key — Golden Tee 2018

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2018 Barbados course.

At one of the southern most points of the Caribbean lies an 18-hole golf course seemingly tucked away. Sure, the white beaches will look somewhat familiar; as will the crystal blue water and white waves as they crash throughout. But here on the island of Barbados, the traditional “tropical” course label will be rewritten. Rocks and rough and large, never-before-seen palm trees line all fairways. What this land may lack in elevation it makes up for in terrain. Prepare to be floored by its beauty but also bewildered by all these glorious elements coming together all at once.

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

GT Par for this course is -28.

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

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2018 Golden Tee course Calypso Key! 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.



Royal Dubai — Hole #1: Par 4

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With a great wind, it’s possible to drive this hole!  You’ll just have to hope for a lucky bounce over the stream in front of the green.  Check out this huge high-teed A1 driver that finds the cup!



Royal Dubai — Hole #2: Par 5

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Off the tee, try to curve it around left and land the fatter fairway area between the two necks so that you have a reasonable approach.



Royal Dubai — Hole #3: Par 4

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From the back box, here’s a great 5-wood around the left side for an ace!  And this high-teed 5-wood goes around the over the right side for an impressive dunk.

From the middle box, this 5-wood curves around the right side to find a left pin.



Royal Dubai — Hole #4: Par 3

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From the front-left box, here’s an ace to a front pin.

From the back box, here’s an ace to a right pin.  And here’s a dunk to a front pin.



Royal Dubai — Hole #5: Par 5

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There’s a group of trees conveniently placed where the left fairway starts to open back up, but the fairway strips by here still present a good option at which to aim.  From the right side there, here’s a nice 2-iron curved around into the cup.



Royal Dubai — Hole #6: Par 4

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Because this par 4 is not too long, there’s often no reason to blast out in the narrow neck of the fairway.  You can lay back in a couple spots…either to the far right behind the tree, or to the left of the tree…here’s a hole-out from there.



Royal Dubai — Hole #7: Par 3

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