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Golden Tee 2010 is HERE!

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The always highly anticipated new year of Golden Tee has arrived!  September 29 marks the release of Golden Tee Live 2010 in many locations, with the rest of the world catching up whenever your vendor gets the software installed!  So what’s new in Golden Tee 2010?  I’m glad you asked!

First, view the trailer for the new release, and see how many things you can catch!

With this update, the faces of some of Golden Tee’s current living legends have now been incorporated into the game!  Jim Nantz and Peter Jacobsen have added a ton of new commentary to the game as well.  We as players have wanted this for a long time, and Golden Tee 2010 delivers!

UPDATE — B MAN gives us some screen shots of the holes on Bella Toscana — pause after each one to study it in a bit more detail!  He apologizes for the delay in the middle from like 0.23 to 0.48, but it’s great to get a look at some of those holes — click here to check them out!

Now, what are some of the pros saying who have been lucky enough to pilot the 2010 courses early on?  Click here to get some early reviews!

As more 2010 features are revealed, I’ll be updating this post with the latest news!  So, check back here periodically as we eagerly await the release of Golden Tee 2010!



Hole-by-hole write-ups revised and updated!

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I took a couple hours this week to go through the write-ups for each hole, revising them and adding more suggestions and strategies as I’ve seen fit.  I strongly suggest you take some time soon also to go back and review the analysis for each hole, because you might still pick up a thing or two!  I’ve also been periodically adding cool new YouTube holeouts as applicable, so check those out for inspiration!

As always, feel free to leave a comment specific to a particular hole if you’ve got some good info to share!



Get to know the X-22s and Distance Balls!

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For most of my 2+ year Golden Tee career, I’ve had the pleasure of playing almost every round with the “old birds” — the 2005 hybrid set.  These clubs are preferred by a large percentage of players because they provide a nice set of distance gaps and have a lob wedge, and in general the lower-lofted hybrids are easier to control than low-lofted irons.  After playing several rounds on 2010, however, I’ve realized it’s time to make a change.

Below you’ll see a breakdown of each course and you’ll learn why you should be playing the X-22s and the red distance balls on every course, with Monument Valley possibly being the exception where the D2 Feel balls could benefit a bit more.  As you’ll see, the distance balls and the option of having a 7-wood or 9-wood available can help you shave strokes off a lot of holes in Golden Tee 2010!

THE GREAT WALL
Off the tee: The 7-wood can make your tee shot easier on holes #5, #7, #9, #12, #15 (up onto The Great Wall), and #17.  The distance balls can rarely make #1 and #16 driveable, they can allow you to drive past the square landing area on #4, they can allow you a more lofted club on #15 if it’s tight, and they can make #5 and #14 driveable where they might not otherwise be.
On the approach: The 7-wood can make the approach shot easier on holes #2, #11, and #16.
As a bonus: The 4-wood can be an excellent option on every hole on the back 9 except for #13 and #17!

BELLA TOSCANA
Off the tee: The 7-wood can make your tee shot easier on holes #8, #12, #14 and #17, and it can make #7 driveable where it might not otherwise be.  The distance balls can rarely make #1 and #2 driveable, they make #4 a lot easier by allowing you to go over the trees, they can give you a shorter approach shot on #6 which helps over the river guarding the green, they can help you drive the second fairway on #11, they can help you drive the grassy pods on #13, they can help you drive the second fairway on #16, and they can make #17 driveable where it might not otherwise be.
On the approach: The 7-wood can make the approach shot easier on holes #6, #9 and #11.

TAHITI COVE
Off the tee: The 7-wood can make your tee shot easier on hole #11.  The distance balls can make #15 driveable, they can allow you to drive straight down the fairway on #5 for a shorter, unimpeded approach, they can help you drive past the neck of the fairway on #16, and they help with the tee shot on #7, #9, and #10.
On the approach: The 7-wood can make the approach shot easier on holes #4, #10, and #16.
As a bonus: The 4-wood can make #14 driveable with the distance balls in setups where the 3-wood clips the hill and the 5-wood clips the trees.
On the contrary: Holes #6 and #18 would be easier with a 2-iron available.

MONUMENT VALLEY
Off the tee: The 7-wood can make your tee shot easier on hole #12, and sometimes on #16.  The distance balls can rarely make #1 and #15 driveable, they can make #9 driveable from the back box with a 5-wood over the top, and they can make #4 always driveable over the top where it might not otherwise be.
On the approach: The 7-wood can make the approach shot easier on hole #10.
On the contrary: The D2 Feels can rarely make #2 driveable.  They can make the tee shot and approach shot easier on #5.  They can really help curve your shot off the tee on holes #7, #14, and #16, sometimes making them driveable where they might not be with the distance balls.  The 2-iron can also be an advantage on #14 and #18.

SOUTHERN OAKS
Off the tee: The 7-wood can make your tee shot easier on hole #16 .  The distance balls can rarely make #1 driveable, they can help set up an easier approach on #2, and they make it much easier to drive the green on #7 and #14.  They can also enable you to use a more lofted club on #17.
On the approach: The 7-wood can make the approach shot easier on holes #11 and #15.
As a bonus: The 4-wood gives another option to drive the green on #18.
On the contrary: The D2 Feels make it easier to drive the green on holes #4 and #18, and #16 can be much more difficult if the wind is in your face or blowing left.



Tee boxes in 2010 only available during Casual Play

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After playing several rounds this year, people started to realize that there are tee boxes on many holes that you will NOT get during Advanced Play, but you may get them during Casual Play!  Most of these tee boxes make the hole MUCH easier, even giving the player a full stroke advantage on a hole by making a par 4 driveable or a par 5 reachable in two where it might not be from the back boxes.  Below is a list of courses, holes and the locations of these tee boxes — please feel free to add a comment if you have more information or know of other tee boxes that are not yet listed here!

The Great Wall
#6, the front box — makes this par 4 driveable
#18, the front-right box — allows you to hit a smooth 5-wood most of the time, making the hole much easier

Bella Toscana
#2, the front box — makes this par 4 driveable
#4, the box way out left — allows an unimpeded shot into this par 4 green
#5, the box up front and left — allows you to carry the river easily for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two, and it may also make this hole driveable!
#6, the front left box — makes this par 4 driveable
#7, the back left box — allows an unimpeded shot into this par 4 green
#9, the front left box — allows you to carry the second fairway for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two, and it may also make this hole driveable!
#13, the front box — allows you to carry the dirt for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two
#16, the front box — allows you to carry the water for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two
#17, the left box — allows a mostly unimpeded shot into this par 4 green

Tahiti Cove
#13, the left box — allows an unimpeded shot into this par 4 green
#14, the left box — allows an unimpeded shot into this par 4 green
#16, the front box — allows you to carry the lava for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two
#17, the front left box — makes the tee shot on this par 3 much easier

Monument Valley
#5, front left box — allows you to carry the second fairway for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two
#9, far left box — allows an unimpeded shot into this par 4 green
#10, left box — can possibly make this par 4 driveable
#18, front left box — allows you to carry the second fairway for a level approach shot into this par 5 in two

Southern Oaks
#4, the box to the left — allows an unimpeded shot into this par 4 green
#11, the box to the left — can possibly make this par 4 driveable
#13, the front box — allows you to carry the sand for a short approach shot into this par 5 in two



Southern Oaks — Golden Tee 2010

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This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2010 Golden Tee course Southern Oaks, which is the consensus #1 hardest course in Golden Tee 2010.  The recommended equipment for this course is the X-22s with the distance balls, although others prefer the old birds or any other normal-lofted club set (such as the 2010 Callaway FtiQ Set), especially for tackling hole #16.  Read below for hole-by-hole breakdowns as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!



GT Par Breakdown for Southern Oaks

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Southern Oaks relative to the possible setups you could get on each hole:

Hole Par GT Par Total
Min Max Min Max
1 4 2 3 -2 -1
2 5 3 3 -4 -3
3 3 2 2 -5 -4
4 4 2 2 -7 -6
5 4 3 3 -8 -7
6 3 2 2 -9 -8
7 4 2 2 -11 -10
8 5 3 3 -13 -12
9 4 3 3 -14 -13
10 4 3 3 -15 -14
11 4 2 3 -17 -15
12 3 2 2 -18 -16
13 5 3 3 -20 -18
14 4 2 2 -22 -20
15 5 3 3 -24 -22
16 3 2 2 -25 -23
17 4 2 2 -27 -25
18 4 2 3 -29 -26


Monument Valley — Golden Tee 2010

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This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2010 Golden Tee course Monument Valley, which seems to be the 3rd easiest/hardest of the 5 courses in Golden Tee 2010.  The recommended equipment for this course is the X-22s with the distance balls, although others prefer the old birds or any other normal-lofted club set (such as the 2010 Callaway FtiQ Set), while some like the low-lofters for extra distance.  Many players also use the D2 Feels or other balls that have a lot of curve on them, as you’ll be shaping a lot of shots here.  Read below for hole-by-hole breakdowns as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!



GT Par Breakdown for Monument Valley

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Monument Valley relative to the possible setups you could get on each hole:

Hole Par GT Par Total
Min Max Min Max
1 4 2 3 -2 -1
2 4 2 3 -4 -2
3 3 2 2 -5 -3
4 4 2 2 -7 -5
5 5 3 3 -9 -7
6 3 2 2 -10 -8
7 4 2 2 -12 -10
8 5 3 3 -14 -12
9 4 2 2 -16 -14
10 4 2 3 -18 -15
11 4 2 2 -20 -17
12 3 2 2 -21 -18
13 5 3 3 -23 -20
14 4 2 2 -25 -22
15 4 2 3 -27 -23
16 4 2 2 -29 -25
17 3 2 2 -30 -26
18 5 3 3 -32 -28


Tahiti Cove — Golden Tee 2010

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This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2010 Golden Tee course Tahiti Cove, which is considered the 2nd easiest course in Golden Tee 2010.  The recommended equipment for this course is the X-22s with the distance balls, although others prefer the old birds or any other normal-lofted club set (such as the 2010 Callaway FtiQ Set).  Read below for hole-by-hole breakdowns as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!



GT Par Breakdown for Tahiti Cove

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Tahiti Cove relative to the possible setups you could get on each hole:

Hole Par GT Par Total
Min Max Min Max
1 4 3 3 -1 -1
2 4 2 2 -3 -3
3 3 2 2 -4 -4
4 5 3 3 -6 -6
5 4 3 3 -7 -7
6 3 2 2 -8 -8
7 5 3 3 -10 -10
8 4 3 3 -11 -11
9 4 3 3 -12 -12
10 4 3 3 -13 -13
11 3 2 2 -14 -14
12 5 3 3 -16 -16
13 4 2 2 -18 -18
14 4 2 3 -20 -19
15 4 2 3 -22 -20
16 5 3 3 -24 -22
17 3 2 2 -25 -23
18 4 2 2 -27 -25


Bella Toscana — Golden Tee 2010

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This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2010 Golden Tee course Bella Toscana, which is considered the 2nd hardest course in Golden Tee 2010.  The recommended clubs for this course are the X22 set, along with the distance balls.  The driver has more loft than the Big Bertha set, the 9-wood is more consistent, you have less of a gap in your wedges, and you’ll need the 7-Wood and/or 9-Wood for a couple shots.  Read below for hole-by-hole breakdowns as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!



GT Par Breakdown for Bella Toscana

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Bella Toscana relative to the possible setups you could get on each hole:

Hole Par GT Par Total
Min Max Min Max
1 4 2 3 -2 -1
2 4 2 3 -4 -2
3 3 2 2 -5 -3
4 4 2 2 -7 -5
5 5 3 3 -9 -7
6 4 3 3 -10 -8
7 4 2 2 -12 -10
8 3 2 2 -13 -11
9 5 3 3 -15 -13
10 4 3 3 -16 -14
11 4 3 3 -17 -15
12 3 2 2 -18 -16
13 5 3 3 -20 -18
14 4 2 2 -22 -20
15 3 2 2 -23 -21
16 5 3 3 -25 -23
17 4 2 2 -27 -25
18 4 2 2 -29 -27


The Great Wall — Golden Tee 2010

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This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2010 Golden Tee course The Great Wall, which is the consensus #1 easiest course in Golden Tee 2010.  The recommended equipment for this course is the X-22s with the distance balls, although others prefer the old birds or any other normal-lofted club set (such as the 2010 Callaway FtiQ Set).  Read below for hole-by-hole breakdowns as I partner up with the Golden Tee community to give you the edge you need to beat your friends!

 



GT Par Breakdown for The Great Wall

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on The Great Wall relative to the possible setups you could get on each hole:

Hole Par GT Par Total
Min Max Min Max
1 4 2 3 -2 -1
2 4 3 3 -3 -2
3 3 2 2 -4 -3
4 5 3 3 -6 -5
5 4 2 2 -8 -7
6 4 2 3 -10 -8
7 3 2 2 -11 -9
8 5 3 3 -13 -11
9 4 2 2 -15 -13
10 4 3 3 -16 -14
11 4 3 3 -17 -15
12 3 2 2 -18 -16
13 5 3 3 -20 -18
14 4 2 2 -22 -20
15 5 3 3 -24 -22
16 4 2 3 -26 -23
17 3 2 2 -27 -24
18 4 2 2 -29 -26


Golden Tee 2010 — Early Reviews from the Pros!

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Hey everyone — I’ve gotten some early feedback from guys lucky enough to spin some games at the few pilot locations for Golden Tee 2010, and I wanted to share the early hype!  Below are comments I’ve found — read, enjoy, and get excited to play it for yourself!

The Great Wall – Definitely a beginner course, to say the least. Beautiful course but it makes the DC course seem difficult. GT par on this course is currently -27 or -26 with only one hole that could be driven under ideal conditions. The par will probably drop by a stroke as hole number 5 is labeled as a par 4 and is definitely a par 3. Course Grade – C

Bella Toscana – This course is on the easier side with a bit more challenge than Great Wall. The Italian music playing in the background was cool and par does not change on this course from what I saw. GT Par -27. Course Grade – B

Tahiti Cove – Strange course…this has the lava and design a hole. The designed hole is okay…but far too easy. Par on this course could be -25 to -27. I did feel it was too easy. The lava only comes into play on one hole and the greens are not very well protected. Course grade – B-

Monument Valley – There is no other way to decribe this course but awesome. It is Rattlesnake Ridge, Kings Canyon, and Black Hills all rolled into one and then given a steroid injection. The canyon shot is back, sort of…and there are a few “bounce” shots as well. Upon further review, I believe this course to be fairly easy and will be extremely easy within a month of learning the shots. Par could be from -26 to -29. Course grade – B+

Southern Oaks – For a course that has no shortcuts and plays like real golf, you couldn’t design a better course. This course will definitely not be decided by shot points. If you cannot work the ball precisely and control distance, you will not score on this course. I would rank it just behind Monument Valley for enjoyability. After now playing it a few more times, I think this course offers less of a challenge than I first thought. It will be the Savannah of this year (15 easy holes and 3 holes you have to make a decent shot) Par can range from -23 to -26. Course grade – B

Overall the game play was good. The shot indicator was a little distracting, but once you got past it, not too bad. The biggest change this year is when it is raining you can take dead aim at the flag…I don’t care what club you are hitting the ball lands ultra soft. To give an example…I had 86 yards to a pin on an up 8 green into a 12 mph wind…hit an 8 iron with backspin that did not get back to the hole. There is definitely going to be a small learning curve for everyone.

The quick shot lock is a little freaky at first…especially on chip shots. The ball rockets off the club and for a split second you think you screwed up.

The Great Wall
Hole # Par GT Par
1 4 3
2 4 3
3 3 2
4 5 3
5 4 (3) 2
6 4 2/3
7 3 2
8 5 3
9 4 3
10 4 2
11 4 3
12 3 2
13 5 3
14 4 2
15 5 3
16 4 3
17 3 2
18 4 2
Bella Toscana
Hole # Par GT Par
1 4 3
2 4 3
3 3 2
4 4 2
5 5 3
6 4 3
7 4 2
8 3 2
9 5 3
10 4 3
11 4 3
12 3 2
13 5 3
14 4 2
15 3 2
16 5 3
17 4 2
18 4 2
Tahiti Cove
Hole # Par GT Par
1 4 3
2 4 2
3 3 2
4 5 3
5 4 3
6 3 2
7 5 3
8 4 3
9 4 3
10 4 3
11 3 2
12 5 3
13 4 2
14 4 2/3
15 4 2/3
16 5 3
17 3 2
18 4 2
Monument Valley
Hole # Par GT Par
1 4 3
2 4 3
3 3 2
4 4 2/3
5 5 3
6 3 2
7 4 2/3
8 5 3
9 4 2
10 4 3
11 4 2
12 3 2
13 5 3
14 4 2
15 4 3
16 4 2/3
17 3 2
18 5 3
Southern Oaks
Hole # Par GT Par
1 4 3
2 5 3
3 3 2
4 4 2/3
5 4 3
6 3 2
7 4 2/3
8 5 3
9 4 3
10 4 3
11 4 3
12 3 2
13 5 3
14 4 2/3
15 5 3
16 3 2
17 4 2
18 4 3

I have had the opportunity to play the courses a bit more now and I find them to be underwhelming on a difficulty scale. Newer players will probably enjoy them for their aesthetic beauty, but players will dislike them very quickly due to their repeatability and lack of challenge.

Another quick review:

I wasn’t a big fan of the dynamic distance indicator — I really think it’s going to hurt the average/casual player way more than it’s going to help. I really never look at that thing except to make sure I’ve got the right club. For example, if I see 263 I know I’ve got a 3 wood and it’s raining. Well, now the 5 wood says like 260 or something, so I hit the 5 wood when I thought I had a 3 wood about 4 times. Another thing, it adds about 6-9 yards on every club, which isn’t the case even when playing the freak balls. 7 iron says 146 into a 9 MPH wind. The average player is going to step up, see that, and hit his shot about 15 yards short!

There are no freak balls, so I wasn’t going to play em if I can’t use them. They have 2 new D2’s and the regular D2’s. They have the D2 Diva(which seemed like gamers) D2 Distance(which weren’t like freaks), and the regular D2’s. I played the D2s at the beginning of 2009, so I went back to those after playing the Diva and Distance on the first 2 rounds. I really like the regular D2’s more than the 2 new balls.

As far as the courses…

I’m pretty sure I’ll use the OB’s on 4 courses and the BB set on Bella Toscana.

They were fun courses, but over all I don’t think they were very difficult. My first cycle I played on a machine where the trackball was terrible IMO.

I shot -21, -15(stroke limit on 18), -20, -21, -16. I really was having issues with the ball, and the set ups really weren’t that difficult.

The 2nd time around on a different machine I shot -25, -21, -24, -25, -20. I’m not going to go into detail, but if I had to rank the courses for me personally, they’d be: Bella, Tahiti, Monument, China, Southern.

I didn’t really get a good feel in terms of difficulty which ones are tougher than the other. The only thing I remember thinking was that by January, everyone will have the courses down.

Overall, they are neat courses, but I think it brings a lot of players into the mix. Not really what the “Bangers” wanted to hear I’m sure. They are for sure pretty and nicely designed. I really didn’t enjoy the design a hole — it was hard to recognize. Hills #15 is way better, IMO.

The 9 holers are 9 holes from the same course.

Another quick review:

The canyon course is the most fun course they’ve had in a few years. It’s kinda like putt-putt. There’s hoops you have to hit it through to make eagle on 3 or 4 holes, and the final few holes can send a good round right into the can. It is a great match play course.

Bella has some fun holes, and it’s kind of like Black Hills. The high loft clubs come in handy on a few holes, so for those of you who switch clubs, this might be the one to do it on.

The other 3 courses have 14 boring holes and 4 good holes (on average). We quickly figured out some of the “tricks”, which turned “difficult holes” into simple holes.

Overall, I just think our expectations for new courses has gotten to the point that anything we get is initially “boring”. There’s only so much you can do without turning it into putt-putt golf.

And, the shot visualizer screws you up because you constantly get tricked into hitting it short. The rain definitely decreases the backspin and roll. Backspin shots in the rain are almost like throwing darts – the ball ends up about where it lands.

I love the Diva (new 2010 ball). It’s got a beautiful lavenderish logo on the ball.  As soon as I read the description, they had me. It says, “Maximum power with minimal effort”. I hit everything 350 without hitting the trackball hard. But I think it maxes out slightly quicker than a regular D2. But I don’t care. I’m a Diva!

Another quick note:

One nice thing they have changed is in regards to the hit list feature. They have adjusted the volume of Jim and Peter such that if you have the hit list on and the volume turned up, they are barely audible and very much in the background instead of BLARING over the music…..

One more review here:

Overall, I really liked the courses- there did not seem to be too many tricky shortcuts, though I’m sure I missed a couple.

I like the new club sets, and used the new BB set across the board (it’s basically the same as the old BB except, you lose the 4 iron and gain a 4 wood) I really didn’t see a huge advantage with the other clubs, but of course, I am not a banger, so your mileage may vary.

I think the consensus will be that Monument will be the most favorite course. There’s a par 4 with a rock/bounce shot over/under a couple of stone arches. There’s also a weird hole where I was able pop-it up/bounce/skip with an A1 5-Wood and get in from there, though it looks like you need to play some kind of gap shot further down the hole.

The courses are VERY forgiving- especially Monument. There’s a couple of holes that when you go for them, you would get wet in older versions. Here, you are either in the ‘dust’ or ‘mud’, like Savannah and you still have an easy birdie. That’s also true on some of the other courses as well. In fact, I really don’t remember a blow-up 17th hole.

The 18th on Monument is really cool. It’s an unreachable par 5 and you have to place your tee shot exactly right to get a look into the green- which is protected by 100 foot tall stone walls with water on one side. Other cool effects include the ‘shimmering’ effect that you see on real desert golf courses. I.E., the rocks/mountains in the distance are shimmering due to the heat off of the desert…very cool effect.

Southern Hills was also good. I think newbies will like it, because on some of the earlier holes your only approach shot is to turn left once and hit an A-1 mid iron with backspin. I played the course three times and all three times it set-up for this type of shot, and with good results, so I think it may have been intentional to help people understand you need that shot in your bag.

The courses will be very competitive- i.e., not a single course is like Black Hills, where you can shoot -15 and someone else on the same set-up shoots -29. I don’t see that happening here. Also, there’s not that many 2 stroke ‘swing’ holes as noted above.

The distance indicator did not effect me at all. It was ‘more’ accurate with wind and rain, but it still does NOTHING for elevation changes.

The transition music is corny and specific to the course. The commentary was new, but nothing really caught my attention. I played around with the quick-shot lock but didn’t use it.

NO ROLLOVERS!!! Oh yeah, I forgot- I didn’t have a single roll over putt. I was able to bang them home down 7 or less. I love that. I’ve lost countless money games over a stupid 7 foot, down 10, right 5 that lips out and goes wet. I don’t think that will happen any longer.

There’s a new graphic effect on the course- the shadows of the clouds cross over the green/fairway in the speed and direction of the wind. Very cool.

There’s all kind of new options when you start that I think will make things even more confusing. However, prize play was enabled and I took 7 first places!!! Of course, that’s because I am now 4-5 courses ahead of everyone else, lol! (Probably the first and last time that will ever happen! )

After one cycle, I was averaging -20 to -21, with a top score of -23. I then experimented a bit and combined with some beers, my scores started to slide.

More from the same source:

The “Tropical Falls LIVE” has the design a hole (I think they call it Tahiti Cove). I think it is hole #7. On both the looks I had, you couldn’t see the sign- it wasn’t close enough to the tee. Also, you would be really hard pressed to recognize it- it’s hard to see the ‘2010’ in the design.

Some of the other courses have gimicky designs as well. For example, the Italian Course has a stupid looking ‘Pepperoni Pizza’ garden with a slice missing. It makes the otherwise beautiful course look cheap.

Also, I had another night of no-rollovers. 8 Down putts slammed home go in.

Finally, the club/ball combinations seem to make sense. Got the right kind of backspin on all clubs (not just irons). In the rain, it lands SUPER soft, with almost no backspin- it’s like throwing darts. I played with the New BB (6 Woods, Driver, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9), and the First set of balls on the left (high trajectory, more backspin).

I think there were, maybe, a couple of holes where it would have helped to have something different (like a 1 iron). On all the others, the driver was able to clear things the right way, and there didn’t seem to be any ‘intentional’ tree/leaf shots (like on Sunny Wood), where the right strategy is to club up and overhit with the intention of hitting the trees.

Editor’s note — rollovers are not eliminated, as I have heard of a couple guys still seeing rollover putts.  I guess at least we can hope these instances will be decreased!

Here’s another review that just came in:

I played Old Birds w/Freaks for all rounds, and didn’t bother with GT Par etc… played each course 1x and a nine-holer also.

The graphics are awesome, the clouds moving are cool– very stunning on the LCD pedestal — didn’t have the sound on so can’t comment on background sounds or new commentary — graphics detail gets and A+ in my book, but so do the 2009 courses.

You don’t realize how much the rain really kills the ball until you actually play, no matter how much you read here IMO.

I was really underwhelmed overall, unfortunately.

Southern was my favorite, for no particular reason.

I liked Monument Valley a lot, except for the weird and IMO cheesy bunker designs. With such a great natural design and idea, I thought the bunkers and sharp edges of the tee-boxes took away from the design a lot, but still fun to play.

Seemed like we had the back tee boxes on most looks, but overall I didn’t think the courses were any more difficult.

These seemed more forgiving for sure where you can screw up a par 5 in a lot of cases and still end up with birdie.

We had a few rollovers.

A lot of my shots seemed to come up short, but that could be a lack-of-skill issue; I don’t ever use the indicator for more than checking to make sure I have the proper club.

The design-a-hole was so-so, and like others said, I hardly noticed the sign until I turned right at the last second before my shot.

Had one unplayable lie on Monument with a ball rolling down rock and just stopping (hole 9 I think).

I’m sorta anxious to have them where I play, but don’t feel like I’m missing out until then.

Black Hills is still the best course design ever IMO.

Overall?? C-plus or B-minus I suppose .

When 2009 came out it was a solid B-plus or A-minus in my book.



Southern Oaks — Hole #1: Par 4

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Some guys are driving this hole with a tailwind using a low-loft driver and the red D2 distance balls!



Southern Oaks — Hole #2: Par 5

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As long and as far left in the fairway as you can be — that should always be your mentality off the tee.  This usually leaves something like a 3-wood cut into the green.

There’s also a mini-shortcut through the trees after a pretty standard long drive.  After pounding your drive out there as best you can, you’ll usually still have to hit an A1 around the trees for your approach.  First, take a look at the trees in line with the green — there’s a gap that allows you to work a 5-wood, or even a 3-wood, through the middle instead.  Here’s one with the 5-wood, and here’s proof that a 3-wood even works!



Southern Oaks — Hole #3: Par 3

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HOLE-OUT FROM THE BACK BOX
HOLE-OUT FROM THE SECOND-CLOSEST BOX
HOLE-OUT FROM THE SECOND-FURTHEST BOX



Southern Oaks — Hole #4: Par 4

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From the far right box, you’ll have to hook it around the trees with backspin, possibly needing a water skip for the correct distance to hold the green.  A 5-wood A2-type shot with backspin can work too if you’re good at cutting back distance.  Or, you can use the hill as a backstop, as was the case with this 300-yard 3-wood holeout! If you’re really jammed back there, you may be 350 yards out, and it’s a tough driver shot from there because your ball can clip the trees as it’s curving around.  Here’s a nice driver skipped off the water, intercepted by the hole!  Either way, it’s a really tough shot from here, and you may want to lay up sometimes and hole-out from the fairway instead, like this!

The tee box on the left is only available in casual play.



Southern Oaks — Hole #5: Par 4

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Just lay up long next to the water to bring in your approach shot — make sure you’re far enough out there to have a straight shot in, and the farther left you are, the less club you’ll need.  Make sure you carry the green on the fly, because there are some weird bounces if you hit the fringe.  Here’s an example hole-out.



Southern Oaks — Hole #6: Par 3

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This is a really tough par 3 that requires a very precise tee shot to have a birdie putt.  You’ll often be working the ball right-to-left to hold the green.  From the front box, hit 3-wood or a 5-wood, like this.

From the middle box, hit 3-wood or driver.  Here’s a hole-out with the driver.

From the back box, you’ll need a driver, or sometimes a 3-wood.  Here’s a nice hole-out with the 3-wood.



Southern Oaks — Hole #7: Par 4

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Here you’ll almost always be hitting a straight-180 shot, usually with backspin (unless there’s a strong headwind), aimed at the rough between the green and the hill to the right of it.  Use as much loft as you can while still giving you the distance you need.  A 5-wood has the perfect loft, a 4-wood still works and clears the trees, but a 3-wood can sometimes clip the trees on the way down if you don’t aim right far enough.  Still, you should have a short eagle chip at worst.  Here’s a hole-out from the BACK box with a 5-wood pounded almost straight over the tree, where the slope pulls the ball down towards the hole!  Also, here’s a 3-wood from the right side of the back box that’s also pretty much straight over the last tree on the right!  Here’s another huge 3-wood that dives through the last bit of leaves before making its way into the hole!

You can also hit a c2-type shot with backspin, but with the downhill shot towards the green sloping towards the water, you want to take off a bit of distance.  If you’re a bit short, you still can get help with a hop over the hill.  Here’s an awesome low-loft driver c3 backy shot!  Here’s a driver from the front box that catches just a bit of the trees, enough to guide it into the cup!  And here’s a fantastic 5-wood from the middle box that backspins into the hole.



Southern Oaks — Hole #8: Par 5

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From the back box, lay up in the fairway as long and left as you can.  From here, you can bring an A1-type approach shot into the green, usually with no backspin, as shown here.  It’s better to be left than long, because even if you don’t tee off long, you could still have a pretty straight B2 driver into the green from the left edge of the fairway.  If the pin is on the right side or the wind is blowing left, then backspin may be the smart move — here’s a driver hole-out with backspin. Finally, there’s a spot that allows you a pretty straight approach shot if the pin is on the left — check out this nice poke through a little tree gap at the end of the fairway!

Remember to leave your approach shot left, if anything, because the hill can still help the ball come back to the green.  If you miss right, you’re in the sand and have probably lost your eagle opportunity!



Southern Oaks — Hole #9: Par 4

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Don’t just blindly blast a drive as far as you can here — the better play is to hit something like a 5-wood off the tee, close to the water.  This gives you another lofted 5-wood to work with on the approach, where you can float it over the trees instead of having to curve it around them  — here’s an example. A 7-wood also comes in handy for a flop shot over the top.

If you do play a long C3 off the tee, you want to clear as many of the trees blocking your approach as possible.  You’ll have anywhere from a straight shot to an A1-type shot on your approach, depending on how well-off your tee shot leaves you.  Here’s a hole-out from 170 yards, but the pin saved it from the water!



Southern Oaks — Hole #10: Par 4

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There’s no big advantage here to carry the water around the corner off the tee, so just lay back for an approach shot that’s not much more difficult.  Here’s a holeout from the middle fairway, well behind the winding river.  The green is pretty long, so if the pin is in the back, lay off the backspin and let the ball roll back towards the pin.



Southern Oaks — Hole #11: Par 4

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The best play off the tee is to aim out left, giving you a clean look into the green with a 5-wood or 3-wood.  Here’s a 3-wood knocked down perfectly by the tree guarding the green, and here’s another one that lands cleanly and finds the hole.  If you do stay to the right, a 5-wood can still work but is much riskier — here’s a very aggressive 5-wood over all of them!  There’s also a left tee box (only available in casual play) that can make this hole driveable with a favorable wind.

Or, you know, disregard the drive, curve it around the corner at light speed, bank it off the tree and ram it home.

I haven’t seen an example, but some pros are driving this hole under optimal conditions.  It appears that a huge A1 off the tee can curl all the way over the water, around the trees, and onto the green!



Southern Oaks — Hole #12: Par 3

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This shot can be a little intimidating with some cross wind, but don’t panic.  In the case of a cross-wind, play a very small cut shot into the wind to keep your ball straight through the gap.  If you don’t play cut shots very often, be careful to only pull very slightly to the left or right of straight back, with the same concept going forward.  It’s better to be on the green but far from the pin than to clip a leaf with an errant tee shot!

EXAMPLE HOLE-OUT
A 5-WOOD GONE WONDERFULLY WRONG!



Southern Oaks — Hole #13: Par 5

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This one is tough to reach in 2.  The fairway sand is strategically-placed to envelop a tee shot that’s too aggressive, and then you’d have to lay up.  Similarly, if you’re not aggressive enough and leave your tee shot too far to the left, you can’t make it in 2 either.  However, a 9-wood can offer an advantage on the approach if you do leave your tee shot left of the sand, as it can cut up and over the trees on the approach.  A combination of skill and some luck might be necessary to leave an approach for eagle.  Be careful on the approach shot here with the green sloping towards the water!

Here’s a straight hole-out from an outstanding tee shot, well past the sand in the fairway.  And here’s another great hole-out applying some cut and backspin.  Here’s an incredible 5-wood from the left side of the fairway!  Finally, check out this amazing, aggressive driver shot that really pays off!

There’s also a closer tee box (only available during casual play) allowing you to clear the sand in the fairway for a short 2nd approach shot — here’s a hole-out from there.



Southern Oaks — Hole #14: Par 4

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You’ll almost always be hitting over the trees, pretty straight at the green.  However, club selection is very important!  A 5-wood can usually clear the trees no problem, a 4-wood clears all but the highest spots of tree, and a 3-wood needs to be over the gap in the middle or around the upper sides of the trees.  Backspin or not depends almost entirely on the wind.

From the front of the front tee box, an option is to poke a 3/4-strength driver under the gap in the 2 trees into the green.  This can also be done with a 1-iron, as evidenced by this great shot!  Another option is to take your shot around with a C3 backspin to hold the green.  If you’re on the right and so is the pin, you can take a 5-wood right over the corner!

From the back of the front tee box, a 5-wood clears the gap over the 2 trees as shown here. You can also cut a 5-wood around the side of the tree, as we see here. Also check out this 5-wood and how it runs down the flagstick — amazing! Finally, you can really curve it around with a 3-wood, like this great shot!

From the back tees, a C3 3-wood with backspin works, but so does a pretty straight 3-wood over the corner!  Or, you could still try to poke a driver under the gap in the 2 trees, like this!! Finally, if you have the distance, a 5-wood can still be hit over the left side of the trees.



Southern Oaks — Hole #15: Par 5

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Get your drive past the sand down the fairway to leave yourself with a tough A1-type approach into the green.  As with many holes in Golden Tee 2010, don’t leave yourself on the wrong side of the green where you don’t have a clear putt at the hole!  Here’s a great cut-shot after a long drive.  And here’s a drive that was long enough to allow an open look at the pin, followed by a nice bounce with the low-lofter!  Also be careful not to go long in the water on your approach, because it is a ways downhill — you may want to take one less club.  On the other hand, if you’re even a yard short, your approach will not hop up onto the green, which must be carried!

A 7-wood makes this hole a bit easier, as you can lay back and go right over the top, like this!