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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 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.

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!

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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Longwood — Hole #5: Par 4

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Longwood — Hole #6: Par 4

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Longwood — Hole #7: Par 3

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Longwood — Hole #8: Par 4

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Longwood — Hole #9: Par 4

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Longwood — Hole #10: Par 4

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