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CastleShire — Golden Tee 2020

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Stay tuned for some early screenshots of the course, the official preview, and course description!  CastleShire will be released on 3/16/2020.

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course CastleShire! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.



Coral Ridge — Golden Tee 2020

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Stay tuned for some early screenshots of the course, the official preview, and course description!  Coral Ridge will be released on 1/13/2020.

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course Coral Ridge! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.



Lake Powell — Golden Tee 2020

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2020 Utah course.

Each year it serves as destination for millions of vacationers. But in Golden Tee 2020, Lake Powell has been transformed into one of the most geographically vivid golf courses in the game’s 31-year-history.

Bright red and orange canyon walls line the fairways and greens, producing chaotic and unpredictable outcomes for wayward shots. But it’s the presence of water—a plethora of deep blue streams, rivers and lakes—that serve as companions to these rock walls that make this Utah stop a destination that must be seen and played to be appreciated.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!  And here are the next 6 holes.

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course Lake Powell! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.



Grand Teton — Golden Tee 2020

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2020 Wyoming course.

The cell phone coverage is spotty, and in some places, nonexistent. But the views at Grand Tetons are perhaps the most vibrant Golden Tee has ever known—a place where the joys of fall golf can be celebrated and appreciated all year long. Snow capped mountains serve as the backdrop for this Wyoming-based course, which feels more like a trek into a wilderness than a round of golf.

There is something special about getting lost out here, where familiar golf elements seem amplified. And the surrounding mountains will provide quality scenes along with plenty of drops and climbs that will have a say on your scorecard, one way or another.

Coming soon will be a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course Grand Teton! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.



Oakwood Hills — Golden Tee 2020

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2020 Ohio course.

Everything about this course oozes elegance. The greens and fairways are meticulously manicured on this Ohio-based gem. The bunkers, and there are many, feel more like artwork than golf course inconveniences.

And the hole design, from the subtle elevation changes that provide a silent punch to an unmistakable drivable par-5 that might just be the most thought-provoking hole in recent years, is immaculate. Everything about the course screams championship golf. Only it doesn’t scream it; such emotions are not tolerated on Oakwood Hills, a place where your virtual-golfing dreams can come true.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!  And here are the next 6 holes.

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course Oakwood Hills! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.



Dodge City — Golden Tee 2020

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2020 Kansas course.

In America’s heartland sits a golf course from another era—a place where a forgotten time blends together with state-of-the-art course design to create a Golden Tee course unlike any crafted before it. It is the Kansas you’ve never seen or known: majestic farmland that provides an unmistakable openness, breeding shot-making of the utmost kind.

Barns, cattle and the always-feared dusty dirt have a home on Dodge City, which antique obstacles, while sparse and selectively scattered about, will call upon every club in your bag. Although the course is tough to locate on a map, you’ll know when you’re there.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!  And here are the next 6 holes.

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course Dodge City! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.



Jamaica Bay — Golden Tee 2020

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2020 Jamaican course.

Tucked away on the Caribbean coastline, surrounded by electric blue water and swaying palm trees, is a lavish resort with all the amenities one seeks out while searching for paradise. The greatest of which, however, is the 18-hole masterpiece that weaves in and out of luxury hotels and popular tiki bars.

Jamaica Bay is the kind of bucket-list golfing experience most hope to play just once their life: a beautiful, rugged, sun-drenched layout that puts golfers in a trance while testing them on every shot. For those who seek out destination golf, this will be their nirvana.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!  And here are the next 6 holes.

GT Par is most commonly -xx to -yy here, with the dependent setups on #a and #b.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2020 Golden Tee course Jamaica Bay! 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 GTF club set of choice will be posted below, with the preferred ball being x for advanced players and y for casual players.

 



Here Comes Golden Tee 2020!

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Golden Tee 2020 Preview time is here!  Let’s get right into the courses:

Using the links below, you can skip ahead to the course overviews for any new 2020 course:
Jamaica Bay
Grand Teton
Lake Powell
Dodge City
Oakwood Hills
Coral Ridge
CastleShire

Also, they had a demo machine set up at Worlds in Vegas, and there are two feeds below showing off the new courses.  Keep in mind that only Casual Play was available, which drastically affects difficulty, and that Jim Z. has already made many course alterations since that time.  But still, it’s fun to see the general layouts and designs!
2020 Demo Feed 1
2020 Demo Feed 2

And here’s a fun preview of the 2020 Design-A-Hole on Jamaica Bay.

Next up is a preview picture of what’s coming with new GT clubs and balls in 2020…more to come as it’s released!

Custom putters have been so popular that we’re getting 22 more new options in 2020!  First up is Sammich and The Kabob.  Next is My 2nd Putter and Rawr.  The third preview set includes Reel’n In and Ear Candy.

Tee boxes have been overhauled in GT 2020!  From what we hear, there will be dozens of different possible looks on each hole, with the tee box floating all over the place.  While the variety will be fun, it certainly might make it more difficult to know what clubs you need in your bag for each course!

Six new Real Time Rivals have been added to this mode of play — read about them here!



Crawdad Swamp — Golden Tee 2019

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Enjoy this remastered course from Thibodaux, Louisiana!

The GTF club set of choice is below, with the preferred ball being Streaks for advanced players and Grabbers or Razors for casual players…it’s worth noting that the 2-iron super spinny club is specific to playing with the Streaks, so if you play another ball, you can substitute that club for a 2-hybrid:



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #1: Par 4

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Crawdad Swamp — Hole #2: Par 4

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This hole isn’t as hard as it might initially appear once you learn how to go over the top straight at the green. A high 6W straight at the green clears the trees easily, and a high 5 is okay over or around the left side of the tree line. Rarely you can carry a high 7/8W at it as well. There’s trouble in front with the water, so long is the best place to miss!



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #3: Par 3

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Crawdad Swamp — Hole #4: Par 5

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The best play is usually to one of the islands straight ahead, big and short-left of 311 cursor, with an appropriate wood for the distance. The safest play is definitely the one that looks easiest to stick, regardless of the wind or pin placement. Or, just dial in the same island each time so you know how to stick it with practice. Here’s a 3-hybrid hole-out.

A second look is the fairway to the right. From the very end, you can have a straight look, but you may also have to curve around the trees for your approach.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #5: Par 4

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From the right box, this is a much easier shot, even perhaps a thumby at the green with a 4-6 wood.

From the left box, you need a cut shot around the right side into the green…this can be anywhere from a 4W with backspin to a high-teed 6W. Definitely use backspin with a tailwind to stick the green, and use a high tee with a headwind to come in higher and straighter. Here’s a great 5W with backspin that cuts back into the cup.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #6: Par 4

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This par 4 is sometimes drivable, but sometimes shut down from the back box. There are 3 tee boxes, and the first two are always there either straight at the green or using a C3 shot.

From the front-left box, here’s a driver straight at it for the ace.

From the back box, you need a great tailwind to consider it. Here’s a high-teed driver that carries to the left hill and down into the cup.

But alas, if it’s just not there, pick the best spot to lay up with the wind for your approach. Here’s a hole-out from the fairway.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #7: Par 5

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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 trickier shot into the green. Practice will help you learn the right fairway spot off the tee! Here’s a nice 5-wood hole-out easily straight over the trees.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #8: Par 3

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There might be two different greens here; the one shown here is flat, but there’s another where you have a right 6 slope coming into it. We can update this description after confirming with more practice rounds!

From a front-right box, this 9-iron finds the cup.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #9: Par 4

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Nothing much more to do here than put your drive at the end of the fairway for a nice wood into the green. The rough islands could also be an option if it helps you line up the wind with the pin.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #10: Par 4

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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 shot is a medium 3W with backspin, under the first set of trees and then over the second set of trees by the green. With a right pin, this low-teed 4-wood goes under the first tree and clears easily to the green to find the hole.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #11: Par 4

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There are 3 areas being used here, and I’m considering this hole not always drivable due to some of the setups. From the screen-shot above, you’re too far right to play an A1 around the left side, so use a tee and slide to the front right. Turn a bit right of the green and play a driver high tee C3 to get close to the green if not there.

From the front left, there are trees, but if you move your tee left to hit an A1 towards green with either driver, you can get there…here’s a medium-teed driver that bounces up into the cup.

From the far back box, slide to the back left and hope for a good wind…you’re playing an A1-type shot with a high driver again towards the green.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #12: Par 4

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The most common clubs for the approach here are the 6-wood through 8-wood. You need to carry the tree that overhangs the green, and this can be tricky if the pin is in the front. Use backspin to hold the green with a tailwind, or anything but a headwind, which would allow you to play more loft with a high tee to clear that tree more easily.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #13: Par 3

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This one can be a bit tricky because of the 5 tee boxes and two-tiered green, with water all around.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #14: Par 4

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This hole is sometimes drivable, especially from the front box and/or with a helping wind. You can try to take aim at it through the trees, or you can also choose an A1 or C3 shot too which would take the water out of play (but bring the trees back into play). Experiment with what works best for you on these drivable setups, but otherwise lay back enough to have a lofted club over the trees for your approach!



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #15: Par 4

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The easier tee box is further from the green on the right side. If you’re on the left side of this box, use a high tee and wrap it around the right side of the trees into the green.

From the right side of this box, it might just be straight over with a high 6W at the green.

By far, the tougher box is front-left, which can be anything from a 9H to an 8.5 driver. From the left 2/3 of the box, consider cutting a low-teed 0H through the trees…find a gap and try to hop through the bunker if needed onto the green. Just remember that there is a stream of water short! This 0H was cut down perfectly through the trees to find a back pin. This 1-bird clips the tree but amazingly rolls up out of the sand into the cup!

You can also cut down an 8.5 driver and clip a tree on purpose, but those trees also have branches that can knock it down. From the left box, here’s an incredible low-teed driver that catches the tree to slow it just enough on its way to the cup!

If you’re all the way at the back-left, you can turn left two times and play a high 8W at the green through a gap.

If there’s a left wind, you can turn right and play a high 8W C3 shot to green.

From the front-third of the box, you can still play a 0H through the trees, but you can also play high-lofted, high-teed hybrids such as the 7H or 9H by turning right and playing a C3 shot into the green.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #16: Par 3

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Crawdad Swamp — Hole #17: Par 4

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This can be a terribly difficult eagle with a lot of setups. If the distance sets up right, an 8W could be the play. With a headwind, a high 8W over the trees is a good play. With a tailwind, if the distance is okay, use a standard 8W with backspin. It’s good to try to use the 8W if you can just because the loft is so handy. From the back-center, here’s a great medium-teed 8W with backspin that finds the hole. If you play a 9W, that can be great here too — here’s an ace from the left of the box.  Here’s another medium-teed 9W cut around/over the tree with backspin into the hole.

For other distances, you can apply the same concepts with a 5H or 7H. For example, with a tailwind from the left part of the box, a 7H with backspin is a good play. With a headwind, this high-teed 6W was a great play to find the cup.

Don’t forget about trying to use the fairway to bounce down if you don’t have the loft to clear the trees. Something like a spinny 2I curled around could be an example of that, as well as the 5H.



Crawdad Swamp — Hole #18: Par 4

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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.

From the right box with a nice right wind, this 3-wood with bite settles into a back pin.

With a strong headwind, this driver powers through to a back cup.



Pine Meadow — Golden Tee 2019

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Enjoy this remastered course from Lynnwood, Virginia!

Here’s the recommended club set from GTF, while the recommended balls are Streaks, especially to give you more chance at eagle on #1.  Grabbers are good too and offer more control in holding the green with tailwinds on certain holes.



Pine Meadow — Hole #1: Par 4

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This hole is sometimes drivable, especially if you’re a big hitter playing Streaks.  But even with other balls, you can often get close to the green for a chip at eagle.

Check out this huge C3 that finds the hole off the tee!  Here’s another big drive straight at it with the Streaks.



Pine Meadow — Hole #2: Par 4

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Here you’ll be tucked slightly behind a tree, so it’s useful to use a tee to slide left.  You’ll need a bit more club to make sure you carry the hill in front of the green, but assuming you do that, it’s a flat putt for eagle.

Here’s a driver curled around the left side that bounces up onto the green and into the hole!