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Pine Meadow — Golden Tee 2019

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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

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



Pine Meadow — Hole #2: Par 4

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



Pine Meadow — Hole #3: Par 3

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From the front box, here’s a nice 8-iron dunk.  And here’s a 9-hybrid punched over the top to that same left pin.



Pine Meadow — Hole #4: Par 4

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Pine Meadow — Hole #5: Par 4

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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 #6: Par 4

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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 #7: Par 5

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



Pine Meadow — Hole #8: Par 3

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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.



Pine Meadow — Hole #9: Par 4

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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.



Pine Meadow — Hole #10: Par 4

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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.



Pine Meadow — Hole #11: Par 5

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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.



Pine Meadow — Hole #12: Par 4

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This driver with bite finds a center pin.



Pine Meadow — Hole #13: Par 3

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Here’s an 8-wood that deflects nicely off the tiered wall settling back in the cup.



Pine Meadow — Hole #14: Par 5

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Pine Meadow — Hole #15: Par 4

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From the back of the box, here’s a nice high-teed 3W that carries down through the gap in the trees onto the green and into the hole!



Pine Meadow — Hole #16: Par 5

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After a drive out in the left fairway, this 6-wood settles in a cup on the back-left of the green.



Pine Meadow — Hole #17: Par 3

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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.



Pine Meadow — Hole #18: Par 4

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From the front of the box with a strong wind towards the hole, this 9-wood with bite finds the cup!



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 -27 to -28 here, depending on whether or not #8 is drivable.

This post contains 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 GTF club set of choice is below, with the preferred ball being Streaks for advanced players and Grabbers or Razors for casual players:

Check out this podcast (itunes) (anchor) which breaks down each hole on Pembroke Links offering advice to improve your game, but also know that I have listened and accounted for this advice in my hole write-ups already!



Pembroke Links — Hole #1: Par 4

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Some players in rare setups might blast one close to the green for a chip at it, but usually you can line up with the wind anywhere, fairway or not (rough to the right is fine), for your approach.

After laying up in the fairway, here’s a nice 3-wood hole-out to a back pin.



Pembroke Links — Hole #2: Par 5

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Often times you can use a high tee and hit a big A1 or C3 into the second fairway, over the creek.  After blasting down to the second fairway, here’s a 6-wood hole-out for double eagle.

Another great layup spot, though, is the fairway island to the left before the water.  It’s big enough that landing it with a driver or 3-wood with bite should not be a problem.  From there, you’ll have another 3-wood or so into the green with an uphill shot.



Pembroke Links — Hole #3: Par 3

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There are two large tee boxes here that can offer many different looks.  From the front box, here’s an ace to a center pin.  And here’s a 5-hybrid to a back pin.

From the back box, this driver finds a back pin.



Pembroke Links — Hole #4: Par 4

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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 to early trouble!

From the left box, this 3-wood does indeed find a center cup.



Pembroke Links — Hole #5: Par 5

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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 side, here’s a 6-iron hole-out.

There is a ramp here; it likely won’t do you much good but in theory at the right angle it could propel your ball towards the green…however, with Razors or Grabbers and an out wind you could break your long drive record here.  Check out this one that traveled 542 yards!

Playing out to the left is also a fine option, especially if the wind sets up better from that direction — here’s a 3W hole-out with bite from there.



Pembroke Links — Hole #6: Par 4

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Downhill shot to an up 6 green with another offset look…bite can be a good play with a front pin where you play towards the fat middle part of the green.  Here’s a driver ace to a front pin.



Pembroke Links — Hole #7: Par 3

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Three boxes here offer many looks…some pin placements can be tough and bring that water into play, so be safe!

From the front box, here’s an awesome 9-wood cut into a right pin.

From the back-right box, here’s a 6-wood to a front pin.



Pembroke Links — Hole #8: Par 4

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Here’s a great hole that sometimes changes GT Par…with tough setups it’s just a layup in the main fairway anywhere.  Sometimes birdie can actually gain a stroke on the field with other players getting in trouble with the sand or water.  Here’s a dunk from the fairway to come away with an eagle.

However, I will say that with the right equipment, you really can almost always get there.  Streaks are of tremendous value.  With a tailwind or some cross-winds, the 10.5 driver carries straight at it.  With headwinds, the 8.5 driver cuts through better and can still carry it with Streaks, again right at it.

You could try a C3 or A1 for extra distance…the only “problem” is that it can be very difficult to hold the green.  You need a high tee, so it’s hard to stop the ball on the green sometimes.  Still, having a chip at the hole is better than laying up!  Finally, the front sand bunker is tough…make sure you have a lob wedge if you’re bringing that into play.

From the right box, here’s a driver dunk for the ultra shot!  And here’s a big A1 that finds a back pin.  With shorter looks, a 3-wood can even carry…this one backspun into a right cup!



Pembroke Links — Hole #9: Par 5

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Driving out to the right where you land behind the first half of that sand trap (important so you don’t bring the hill into play) in the fairway presents you a great look, slightly downhill, with driver into the green, especially with the pin in the back right.  This is a terrific option especially with the wind blowing left.  Don’t get too close to the sand because the fairway slopes that way and you can’t make it from the rough.  This driver finds the hole for double eagle.

Another option, especially if the wind is blowing right, is to hit to the left fairway, short-left behind the smiley-face traps.  The wind will help with your approach shot into the green from there where it’s uphill with a 3W or 10.5 driver.

Finally, playing out to the back-right end of the left fairway can give you an 8W approach.  I don’t know that this is repeatable, but check out this amazing 8-wood punched through the window after a drive straight ahead towards the tower!  Here’s another one punched through with the 4-wood.  Again, this shouldn’t be necessary if you line up your drive correctly.



Pembroke Links — Hole #10: Par 4

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Here’s one of the toughest approach shots in the game, because you have to carry a shot downhill into a small, tiered green…it’s very challenging to stick the green near the hole for a birdie putt.  One thing you might consider is laying back off the tee for a lower-lofted approach and perhaps more distance flexibility to counteract the wind.  Then again, other players prefer to be closer to the hole, but that brings a 6/7/8W shot into play from the first fairway.

It’s the same problem if you try to blast down into the second fairway or down in that rough…this is fine, but you’ll have a higher lofted club and more of a potential gap problem in your club set.  That is somewhat counteracted by not having to shoot as far downhill, so it’s up to your preference.

Bite is a good option for pins on the upper tier, and backspin can be fine for the lower tier since the tier can act as a backboard.

After laying up top with the drive, this 8-wood trickles down into a back pin.