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Alpine Run — Golden Tee 2011

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2011: “Set in the shadow of the Swiss Alps with the Matterhorn looming in the distance, Alpine Run features majestic mountain lakes, stunning waterfalls, towering trees and smushy snow. Breath taking elevation changes will make this course one that Golden Tee fans will never forget.”

Here is the official preview of the Zermatt, Switzerland course.  Also check out this intro article to Alpine Run on the Golden Tee site, and here’s more info and pictures from the Golden Tee blog!

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2011 Golden Tee course Alpine Run!  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!

For most players, you should be using the Hawks and Hurtles on this course.  Some players may prefer to use the Flares instead if you are comfortable with the lofted woods.



Statistical Breakdown for Alpine Run

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Alpine Run — Hole #1: Par 4

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Handicap: 18th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.94 / -1.00


Eagle+
Birdie 94%
Par 6%
Bogey
Double+

EXAMPLE HOLE-OUT



Alpine Run — Hole #2: Par 4

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Handicap: 16th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -1.76 / -2.00


Eagle+ 76%
Birdie 24%
Par
Bogey
Double+

This hole is quite a ways downhill, so you might want to club down one. Short in the snow is not good, but you don’t want to be chipping from behind the green either! The right side of the green is narrow and offers a challenge when the pin is in that area.

EXAMPLE HOLE-OUT



Alpine Run — Hole #3: Par 3

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Handicap: 17th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.88 / -1.00 


Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 88%
Par 9%
Bogey 2%
Double+

Be careful trying to run your approach along the left side — it’s not flat, and you’ll get a pretty big deflection off to the right! It’s best to carry the green and use backspin rather than lobbing it onto the front.

EXAMPLE HOLE-OUT

Check out this ace off the top of the stick!!



Alpine Run — Hole #4: Par 4

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Handicap: 8th hardest hole
Category: Risk/Reward
Average Score: -0.91 / -2.00


Eagle+ 30%
Birdie 46%
Par 12%
Bogey 8%
Double+ 4%

Here you’ll most likely have to tee high a driver and hit it hard so it has enough loft to reach the green on the fly. If you’re short, you can get plugged in the snow by the bank or even trickle down into the stream, leading to a disappointing par! So, hit it hard, and leave yourself birdie at worst — don’t let this be an early round killer!

If you get a favorable setup, tee up a 3-wood (or even a 4-wood) and use the extra loft. Here’s a high-teed, high-loft driver that found the cup.

There are other situations where you don’t have to use a high tee — check out this 3-wood that worked perfectly! Here’s another aggressive 3-wood with a medium tee at a tough pin!

If you know you can’t get there, then just lay out left. You don’t want to be plugged in the snow against the bank of the green, so this is a safer play. Club up one on your uphill approach, but you don’t have to kill it.



Alpine Run — Hole #5: Par 5

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Handicap: 14th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -1.61 / -2.00


Eagle+ 68%
Birdie 26%
Par 5%
Bogey 1%
Double+

Hitting to the fairway should always be fine — just cut the corner over the top with a high-teed driver. Here’s a perfect drive — this is usually all you need to do. And then here’s a hole-out from there.

There’s also a layup area that offers a bit of a shortcut — here’s a hole-out from there!

Finally, check out this example drive around the right side! This one looks like it found a gap to hit into the green in two from there.

Check out this crazy bounce off the mountain!



Alpine Run — Hole #6: Par 4

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Handicap: 13th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.76 / -1.00


Eagle+
Birdie 81%
Par 14%
Bogey 5%
Double+

Just blast a long drive out right far enough to give you a look at the green. Don’t get too cute with a C3 drive, because the snow is NOT the place to be for your approach.  The hazard shouldn’t come into play on the approach from the fairway.  Here’s an example hole-out, and here’s another one from a bit closer.

If you do have concerns about being able to drive it far enough out to the right, you can still lay back short and left in this spot for a reasonable approach!

Finally, there’s a shortcut area by the water towards the hole, but it hardly seems necessary. If you do want to give that a shot, here’s an example of how to get there!



Alpine Run — Hole #7: Par 4

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Handicap: 5th hardest hole
Category: Professional
Average Score: -0.55 / -2.00


Eagle+ 12%
Birdie 52%
Par 25%
Bogey 7%
Double+ 4%

On this hole, take a look straight at the green. If you’re at 330 yards or less and don’t have a head wind, you can get there with a high-tee 5-wood or 3-wood. Take aim to the left (most common) or right of the tree on the hill on the far left and let it rip — here’s an example hole-out!

You can also play the A1 shot around the hill, but it’s tough to stick the green this route. Here’s a great tee shot that stuck it. Here’s another beautiful ace.

Keep in mind that this is the toughest eagle on the course, and you are more likely to screw up what should be an easy birdie than landing the green for an eagle putt.  Alpine has the toughest front 9 in GT2011, so make sure you get your birdie — you can make up that stroke later if needed!



Alpine Run — Hole #8: Par 3

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Handicap: 2nd hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.19 / -1.00 


Eagle+ 2%
Birdie 54%
Par 13%
Bogey 26%
Double+ 5%


This par 3 causes the most bogeys on the course. You’ve got water on the left and mountain on the right that can deflect your shot right into that water. You’ll likely have to work a bit of left-to-right cut and hope to stick the middle of the green. Just make sure you do find the green and give yourself a putt — the safest shot is often aiming for the back of the green with backspin.  Here’s an example hole-out.

Check out this great kick off the mountain!  Here’s an even-better bounce back off the rock!



Alpine Run — Hole #9: Par 5

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Handicap: 7th hardest hole
Category: Risk/Reward
Average Score: -0.89 / -2.00 


 

Eagle+ 21%
Birdie 55%
Par 19%
Bogey 5%
Double+ 1%

The suggested shot off the tee is much better shown than described. The distance marker in the picture is lined up with a boulder, and you want to get the ball out behind and left of that boulder, where there are several open areas into which your ball will most likely settle. Line up with this spot or just right of it, tee it high, and hit a C3 driver that should carry past this rock into that valley area. Here’s a perfect drive, here’s another, and here’s another drive that ended up just fine. Here’s the approach shot from that second drive as well. Here’s another open approach shot.

There are other areas around this spot that can end up giving you a clean approach too, but they are riskier — here’s a hole-out from the snow. Keep in mind too that there’s OB if you’re too far left in the snow! Here’s another example drive that ended up working out, but it’s not ideal.

There’s a strip of grass on the backside of the pond straight ahead — this is always an option to get there in two as well. Here’s a hole-out from there. However, it’s a bit tricky with the slope and can be hard to stick, and most players have better success with the first option once you figure out where you need to be.  Here’s an AMAZING hole-out from the bottom of the hill after going too far off the tee!

Check out this sick eagle hole-out from the drop zone!

Eagle % is rather low here, because the shots off the tee often don’t end up where intended! With that in mind, it’s not a bad play to go around the long way to make sure you get your birdie here.



Alpine Run — Hole #10: Par 4

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Handicap: 15th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.83 / -1.00


Eagle+ 2%
Birdie 80%
Par 17%
Bogey 1%
Double+

You don’t necessarily have to carry the second fairway to get there in two, but you’ll be able to without much hassle most of the time. Tee it high and get there if you can — here’s a hole-out from there.



Alpine Run — Hole #11: Par 4

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Handicap: 9th hardest hole
Category: Risk/Reward
Average Score: -1.00 / -2.00


Eagle+ 37%
Birdie 32%
Par 27%
Bogey 1%
Double+ 2%

Over the top is probably the more accurate option, but you still have to nail the distance to avoid danger. You can use a high-teed 4-wood or a high-teed 5-wood.

Another option is cutting the corner with a 3-wood, or you can even use a 2-iron from a closer tee. This may require a more skillful shot since there’s water short and long!

Since the drop is favorable, it’s proving to be worth the reward to take a shot at this one always. Give it a little extra off the tee to account for the elevation and unforgiving drop-off to the water if you’re short!



Alpine Run — Hole #12: Par 5

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Handicap: 12th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -1.44 / -2.00


Eagle+ 47%
Birdie 50%
Par 2%
Bogey 1%
Double+

The wind will determine which way to go here, because you can potentially reach the green from the right or from the left. There’s also a couple of shortcut patches of grass in the middle to consider — here’s a nice approach shot from the one on the left, and here’s a hole-out from there. If the wind is really in your face, it can be difficult to reach this green in two from either side, so make sure you put full effort into getting distance off the tee — consider teeing it high if that will help you.

The approach will be into a tiny green with a change in elevation, so it’s certainly challenging.

It’s normally easiest to get a longer drive and a better approach shot if you go to the left — here’s a hole-out from there.

Here’s a hole-out from the right.



Alpine Run — Hole #13: Par 4

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Handicap: 11th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -0.67 / -1.00


Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 76%
Par 12%
Bogey 10%
Double+ 1%

This hole provides you with an opportunity to lay up wherever you like, so give yourself an approach shot with a comfortable club.

The hole is quirky and can cause some problems if you have a long downhill putt to a front pin, since the Up 7 green doesn’t seem to stop approach shots without backspin from rolling to the back of the green. Missed putts downhill roll into the water and cause some bogeys here, so consider backspin to keep it close!



Alpine Run — Hole #14: Par 3

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Handicap: 10th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -0.52 / -1.00


Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 57%
Par 35%
Bogey 7%
Double+

Here’s another difficult par 3 where the green slopes into the abyss below. Don’t worry as much about the pin as just sticking the middle of the green to give yourself a putt, which is easier said than done if the wind is blowing right!

Here’s an example hole-out running the ball in, and here’s another example hole-out backing it in.



Alpine Run — Hole #15: Par 4

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Handicap: 3rd hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.21 / -1.00


Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 35%
Par 52%
Bogey 7%
Double+ 5%

This is the toughest par 4 on the course — your fate on this hole relies on your tee shot, which makes you curve around the corner to a narrow fairway. Even with a clear look, you’ll still be shooting into a narrow, sloped green, which makes birdie challenging.

Do what you’re most comfortable with, and usually use backspin to hold the fairway. Here’s a 4-wood hole-out from a ways back, and here’s another hole-out from a bit closer after a longer drive that cut the corner.

Even if you end up in the snow, you still may have a chance to get there, assuming you cut the corner enough.  Here’s a great hole-out from the snow!



Alpine Run — Hole #16: Par 5

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Handicap: 6th hardest hole
Category: Risk/Reward
Average Score: -0.88 / -2.00


Eagle+ 21%
Birdie 50%
Par 26%
Bogey 3%
Double+

Here’s another par 5 that can be very difficult to reach in two. If you have a tough head wind, you will have to lay up short of the snow and fairway neck. From here you’ll have to hit a great C3 driver to get there in two. Here’s a great shot from the lower left of the neck.

If you can hit a great drive through the neck into the next fairway, then you’re in good shape for eagle — here’s a hole-out from there! A high tee can provide a great advantage in attempting to carry the snow.

Eagles don’t come often here, so lay back and take your birdie if you don’t think you can clear the snow!



Alpine Run — Hole #17: Par 3

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Handicap: 1st hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.15 / -1.00 


Eagle+
Birdie 43%
Par 35%
Bogey 17%
Double+ 5%

Here is one of the toughest birdies in GT2011, especially if you don’t have a 7/9 wood. While a 5-wood can work out for you, you’re going to love having a 7-wood (or sometimes a 9-wood) in your bag for this hole. You need the loft to carry the hill and backspin to hold the green. If you don’t have a 7-wood and a 5-wood sets up too long, you’ll have to try to finesse a 5-wood to the green, which can be very challenging here.

In some cases, a 4-hybrid will work if you can get it there — this shot worked out just fine!

Because of the nasty slope of this green, anything too far from the pin makes for a very tough eagle putt.

Check out the amazing bounces this 5-wood gets off the hill!  Here’s another one with perfect bounces off the side hill.  This was so far off it hit the tree — and deflected in the hole!

Finally, check out the skill on this shot.  There’s a 15 wind blowing left, but look at the action he puts on it — way out of my league!



Alpine Run — Hole #18: Par 4

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Handicap: 4th hardest hole
Category: Professional
Average Score: -0.53 / -2.00


Eagle+ 28%
Birdie 27%
Par 26%
Bogey 9%
Double+ 9%

Many different clubs will be called upon to stick the green here, so do your best to stay dry. Check out the example hole-outs below. Also, if you end up with a putt being blocked by the water due to the design of the green, be very careful with your lag putt (hit it SOFT) — you want to ensure your birdie and not turn it into a big number!

Bail out to the right where there’s sand if you need to — statistically, we find that the risk outweighs the reward of going at the pin. Here’s a quote to help you out — “You feel that sting, big boy, huh? That’s pride f**kin’ with you! You gotta fight through that sh*t!” — Bruce Willis

7-WOOD HOLE-OUT
5-WOOD HOLE-OUT
3-WOOD HOLE-OUT
DRIVER SMASH DUNK!
Check out this awesome bounce!
Amazing hop onto the green and in!
Stupid sick deflection dunk!