Holes #1-18 Tips and Tricks — Check out the expert advice here on how to approach each hole at Golden Tee’s Glacier Ranch!
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Here’s an example hole-out.
It takes a big drive to have a straight-in approach.
Most players have the best success driving this green by hitting a smooth driver straight through the gap in the trees at the green, where it should bounce up and settle.
I have also had a lot of success lining up with the center of the green, using my 3W, pulling back slightly left, and ramming it out left just around the leftmost tree. This takes the gap out of play. With backspin on the Streaks, it hits the front of the hill and hops up on the green for the DE putt. The only time I struggle is when it’s 300 yards into the wind…then sometimes I can’t get that shot to hop all the way up. So here is when you’d default back to the driver shot.
Here’s a super albatross ace through the trees!
Straight through is certainly the traditional route at this green, but check out the curve on this 4-wood — amazing! A shorter cut shot around the trees is more traditional, such as this great 3-wood.
This 3-wood somehow stayed under the trees and carried the green, trickling back and in!
Here’s a 5-wood hole-out from the first fairway.
There’s a lay-up spot, but it’s tough to stick! Be careful of the wood too, which can deflect your ball too much. Here’s a 5-wood hole-out from there.
Here’s a great hole-out from the fairway after going the long way around.
Here’s an example hole-out.
Put your tee shot up on the grassy hill to the right, and bring you approach over the top to the green. Here’s an example hole-out.
There are some spots to work your tee shot through the trees into the green, depending on your setup. I have had success a couple different ways here. From the front box, you can ram a 9-iron through the gap where it will hit the leaves and settle. More easily, though, you may also be able to curve a wedge around the trees into the green.
From the middle box with the setup shown, I’d ram an 8-iron straight through the gap ahead (or just around to the right) and expect it to get knocked down onto the green.
From the back boxes, use a 6-iron or 7-iron to fight through more of the leaves.
You can also attempt a half-pullback, smooth forward shot with a lower-lofted club, but that’s much more difficult to control. However, from the back-left box, here’s an amazing ace through the trees! Otherwise, if the risk isn’t worth it, just lay out right and be safe.
Here’s a great hole-out after a long drive on this tough hole!
This 5-wood stayed left the whole way, caught the green, and spun back in!
This tee box was tucked back in the trees, but this 3-wood went through them and angled back for a dunk — awesome.
And here’s a beautiful ace with the 0-hybrid.
Holes #1-18 Tips and Tricks — Check out the expert advice here on how to approach each hole at Golden Tee’s Rustic Bridge!
You can get pretty close to this green a couple different ways. A 3-wood at the right angle can reach the sand around the left side, and a driver played just right can curve in pretty close from the right. As of 7/30/12, no one has posted a YouTube ace here — I hope to see one eventually! This driver was long but got a nice bounce back off the tree!
To avoid any trouble on the first hole, however, you can just lay up at the end of the fairway — here’s a good approach shot from there.
This was NOT a very good shot, but a friendly rock hop and some wind made for a crazy ace!
Here’s an example ace. This one landed short but the roll carried it up just far enough to the hole. And this one was way too far, but the wet green slowed the deflection just enough to help it find the cup.
Here’s another short ace from a different box.
This green is actually drivable with a precise tee shot and a helping wind — check out this shot over the road and through the trees!
The trees along the right side look daunting, but you can usually drive it straight ahead far enough to give yourself a straight-in approach shot. This one was able to clear them on its way to the cup.
Here’s a nice 9-wood ace to this very short par 4.
This one can be difficult to drive and requires a tight angle into the green, and likely the front box. However, with the introduction of high tees to classic courses, you can now cut a path over the top in some cases to reach the green — here’s an example ace!
From the back box, it may usually be impossible to drive, so just lay up for a clear approach. Here’s a fairway hole-out.
You can usually get very close to this green, if not on, by hooking your drive around the right side through the trees. As of 7/30/12, no one has posted a YouTube ace here — I hope to see one eventually! Just be careful not to clip some leaves — this one likely did, but the approach saved it!
Here’s a hole-out from the fairway.