Holes #1-18 Tips and Tricks — Check out the expert advice here on how to approach each hole at Golden Tee’s Rustic Bridge!
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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.
Often drivable, but the difficulty is in the angle of the approach. You have to be careful not to clip any trees on your way to the green. Here’s a nicely played 3-wood from a left-center box. Here’s another nice 3-wood ace from the center box. And this driver found a pin tucked to the right.
With the back-right box and the introduction of tees, this 3-wood went up over the right side to find the green.
With some setups tucked back behind the trees, there doesn’t appear to be a way to get to the green, so just curve around in the fairway for an open approach.
This is a tough eagle. You need a long drive, but even then, you may still need quite a bit of curve on your approach shot, trying to hold a narrow green with water all around it! Here’s an outstanding hole-out. This drive was long enough to allow a 5-wood over the top.
There’s also a shortcut island out to the right if you have a really terrible headwind and/or tee box, but of course it’s hard to stick. Here’s a hole-out from there.
You can usually play a big A1 drive to the second fairway, but it does come with a bit of risk — this is interesting, for instance. This approach shot from the rough found the cup. But, if you aren’t sure, just lay back in the first fairway — you’ll still have plenty of club on the approach. Here’s a hole-out off the sidewalk! Here’s another nice hole-out to a back pin.
It’s very difficult to leave yourself with a reasonable approach shot by taking the long way around, so your best shot is to try to lay up in line with the pathway through the trees to the green. If you pull that off, you can either play a toned-down driver to reduce distance while keeping it below the trees (here’s a fantastic hole-out through the shortcut path) OR you can expect to have the trees knock the ball down and hit it closer to full strength (here’s a shot that found the cup that way)! A driver may not be necessary — this shot just had incredible distance and elevation control.
Even at 400 yards, this hole is usually drivable or very close to it, since it plays downhill. Here’s an incredible shot off the tee for an ace!
Here’s a hole-out from the fairway after laying up.
You’ll have to curve your tee shot around a tree into a green sloped towards the water, so wind and spin always play a big role in landing and holding this green. Here’s a great 3-wood ace. Check out this incredible driver hole-out!