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Grizzly Flats — Golden Tee 2011

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2011: “This links-style course is not completely devoid of trees, but the rolling fairways and deep bunkers will have players thinking more of the Scottish moors than the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.”

Here is the official preview of the Redvale, Colorado course.  Also check out this intro article to Grizzly Flats 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 Grizzly Flats!  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.



GT Par Breakdown for Grizzly Flats

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Grizzly Flats 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 3 -3 -2
3 3 2 2 -4 -3
4 5 3 3 -6 -5
5 4 2 2 -8 -7
6 3 2 2 -9 -8
7 4 2 3 -11 -9
8 5 3 3 -13 -11
9 4 2 2 -15 -13
10 4 3 3 -16 -14
11 5 3 3 -18 -16
12 3 2 2 -19 -17
13 4 2 2 -21 -19
14 4 2 3 -23 -20
15 4 3 3 -24 -21
16 3 2 2 -25 -22
17 5 3 3 -27 -24
18 4 2 2 -29 -26


Grizzly Flats — Hole #1: Par 4

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Handicap: 18th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.96 / -1.00

Eagle+
Birdie 96%
Par 4%
Bogey
Double+

EXAMPLE HOLE-OUT



Grizzly Flats — Hole #2: Par 4

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Handicap: 17th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.92 / -1.00 

Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 90%
Par 7%
Bogey 2%
Double+

In very rare cases, you might have a chance to drive this one!  Check out this shot.

Otherwise, if you get a good tee box, just let it rip! Here’s an example hole-out after a long drive.

If you’re concerned about the sand in the fairway, then don’t chance it! Here’s a 4-wood hole-out after laying back.

Finally, some players prefer to go around the right side. The rough to the right of the water can sometimes provide an easier look at the flag. Apparently there is an out of bounds area if you are too far right, so keep it to the left of the brown stuff, closer to the water, if you choose this option! Here’s a hole-out after taking the drive around the right side to the rough.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #3: Par 3

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Handicap: 11th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -0.71 / -1.00

Eagle+
Birdie 77%
Par 19%
Bogey 3%
Double+ 1%

This early par 3 has a tricky green, so you shouldn’t necessarily aim for the flag. Find a box of green that will ensure you a direct putt at the flag, and make sure you hit that spot! Players seem to be struggling more than expected here.

Here’s an example hole-out.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #4: Par 5

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Handicap: 14th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -1.59 / -2.00

Eagle+ 64%
Birdie 32%
Par 3%
Bogey 1%
Double+

You should be trying to hit it long down the right fairway here most of the time, especially if you aren’t using lofted clubs. A high tee can help add some distance too if you’re unsure. You can usually get far enough to have an open approach shot — here’s a hole-out from the fairway.

The other option is to land your drive just beyond the sand trap straight ahead. From here, you can take a 9-Wood over the top. If you don’t have those clubs, make sure you aim for the left edge of this spot so that you have a better angle around the left side of these trees! Place it in the correct spot and your hybrid or low-iron should get through the gap without much hassle.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #5: Par 4

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

Eagle+ 53%
Birdie 40%
Par 7%
Bogey 1%
Double+

A high tee shouldn’t be necessary here, which is good since it’s a down-sloped green. Distance control seems to be the only thing preventing better scores on this hole. Just carry the sand with backspin, but be careful not to go too far, which is worse than the sand! Here’s a 3-wood hole-out and a 4-wood hole-out. And here’s a driver skipped off the hill over the bunker!

To emphasize the importance of not going long, there’s a strip of mud before the water, and if your ball sticks here, there’s a good chance of stroke limit.  Your wedge doesn’t have the distance to get up, and longer clubs don’t have the loft.  Try a 7-iron to stick near the top of the hill, or, and this sounds crazy, turn around and chip it in the water so that you’re placed up by the green — hey, it’s better than stroke limit!

This one was well on its way there but instead turned into one of the most incredible, lucky hole-outs you’ll ever see!



Grizzly Flats — Hole #6: Par 3

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Handicap: 5th hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.34 / -1.00 

Eagle+
Birdie 59%
Par 21%
Bogey 17%
Double+ 3%

Here’s another tough par 3 early on that forces you to stick a small area of green. Bogey or worse happens often here — it’s best to be long to ensure par, and be very careful using backspin! Here’s a hole-out to a right pin. Check out this great deflection off the back wall! And here’s a hole-out to a left pin.

With a back center pin, you have to get creative. Here’s one great look at it!



Grizzly Flats — Hole #7: Par 4

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Handicap: 16th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.87 / -1.00

Eagle+ 2%
Birdie 83%
Par 15%
Bogey
Double+

Every now and then, this green sets up drivable, especially with the Air-Os!

Here’s a high-teed A1 shot that nearly went in.

If you can carry the second part of the fairway, then go for it — here’s a hole-out from there.

There’s nothing wrong with laying back either, so don’t force it if it’s not there — here’s a hole-out from there.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #8: Par 5

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Handicap: 13th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -1.55 / -2.00

Eagle+ 64%
Birdie 26%
Par 9%
Bogey 1%
Double+

Hit a high-teed driver over the trees to cut the corner of the fairway quite a bit. Make sure you don’t miss left in the trees that protect the left side of the fairway, because your ball can roll down in there and cause trouble! Here’s a hole-out from the fairway.

Another option is to go around the right side to the dirt. This can be a good option if you’re to the front right of the tee box, and it works even better if you have a lofted club for your approach to get over the sand — here’s a nice hole-out with a 9-wood.

You can also reach the fairway going around the right side if you have a right tee box, but make sure you play enough cut so you don’t end up with a tough lie down below.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #9: Par 4

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Handicap: 8th hardest hole
Category: Risk/Reward
Average Score: -1.16 / -2.00

Eagle+ 40%
Birdie 37%
Par 24%
Bogey
Double+

Your position in the tee box is really what controls the type of shot you use here. If you’re off to the left, you could have a pretty straight shot right at the green.

If you’re more towards the right side, you’ve got a couple options. Over the top is probably the easier option, and a high tee is also an option to help. You can also take a 3-Wood around the side, which is a bit trickier.  Here’s an incredible dunk shot right through the trees!

Finally, here’s an unbelievable shot around the left side!

Reward outweighs risk here, so go for it! Being long in the back bunker isn’t awful and should still give you an easy birdie.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #10: Par 4

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Handicap: 10th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -0.64 / -1.00

Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 73%
Par 19%
Bogey 6%
Double+ 2%

Stay safe off the tee — 5-wood / 5-wood can certainly get the job done! This is not the hole to be aggressive off the tee, yet many players are dropping strokes here. Here’s a hole-out from behind the creek.

If you can safely get your drive closer, then that’s certainly fine too — here’s a hole-out after a longer drive.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #11: Par 5

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Handicap: 15th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -1.70 / -2.00

Eagle+ 74%
Birdie 22%
Par 5%
Bogey
Double+

Cut as much corner as you can here, because it may be too long to reach in two if you’re careless with your drive! A high tee comes in very handy here and can help you clear straight over the water in some cases. Even if you can’t clear the water, get it out straight and as close to the water as you can. Also, I often like to line up with the hill on the right and play a C2-type shot with roll to cut distance while safely avoiding the lake.

Here’s a hole-out from behind the water and there are better opportunities to eagle from in front of the water as well.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #12: Par 3

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Handicap: 2nd hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.24 / -1.00

Eagle+
Birdie 54%
Par 26%
Bogey 13%
Double+ 7%

Ah, the “donut hole”. Pin placement determines the difficulty here. This is the 2nd toughest hole on the course, so par is not bad here. There are also some tough drop zones if you do get wet!

Here’s an example hole-out to an easy left pin.

This hole gets tough when the pin is on the right or closer to the hole in the middle, and your accuracy will really be tested if you’re pin hunting! Here’s a hole-out to a tough right pin.

Also, the bridge doesn’t produce a very high hop if you land on it — here’s a shot using that bridge and still getting backspin!

There’s actually some mud between the bridge and the green, ha.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #13: Par 4

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Handicap: 11th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -1.10 / -2.00

Eagle+ 41%
Birdie 42%
Par 11%
Bogey 3%
Double+ 4%

A narrow, awkward green will make this a tough eagle and really test your accuracy. With a favorable pin, you can go right at it.

This hole has already seen many amazing deflections. Here’s a perfect bounce off the back bunker, here’s another amazing deflection there, and here’s an even more amazing double-banker off the side!

Birdie is not a guarantee here as you can see — you can find yourself in some awful lies in the deep bunkers. Don’t compound mistakes if you find trouble here — get it out and recover!



Grizzly Flats — Hole #14: Par 4

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Handicap: 9th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -0.61 / -1.00 

Eagle+
Birdie 64%
Par 33%
Bogey 3%
Double+

Only a select few will ever have a chance to drive the green here, but Mouth teed up a huge A1 and got it there!

For the rest of us, you should always be able to carry the top left fairway, so use a high tee here to be sure if conditions are nasty. Birdie rate is lower than expected here, so take your time and execute.

This hole also forces you to carry the green on your approach, because there’s a ridge short of the green that will reject anything that doesn’t carry! Here’s an example hole-out.

Finally, check out one of the most amazing deflections you’ll ever see in this game!



Grizzly Flats — Hole #15: Par 4

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Handicap: 3rd hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.31 / -1.00 

Eagle+
Birdie 54%
Par 27%
Bogey 15%
Double+ 4%

A narrow winding river can suck up careless drives here. There’s no reason to have to hit a long drive, so just find a spot in this voluptuous fairway where you’ll stay dry, and then make sure you hit enough club to carry the slightly elevated green — scores on this hole are worse than they should be, making it the 3rd hardest hole on the course!

Here’s a hole-out from the right side, and here’s another example hole-out from a ways back.

Check out this shot, bouncing right over the trouble!



Grizzly Flats — Hole #16: Par 3

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Handicap: 1st hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: +0.18 / -1.00

Eagle+ 1%
Birdie 42%
Par 31%
Bogey 12%
Double+ 20%

Here’s one of the toughest holes in 2011 (the 2nd hardest statistically). Average score here is over par, and this is the only hole where double bogey or worse is more common than bogey! This par 3 slopes hard towards the water and has an awkward narrow green that usually forces you to make a great shot with a lofted club that the wind will also give hell!

You can see all kinds of looks here because of the giant tee box and the three areas of green that can contain the flag. Some looks can be forgiving — here’s an example hole-out from a left box and here’s another hole-out to a front pin.

This thing gets nasty quick if the wind is also pushing towards the water. Here’s where you have to execute an A1-type cut shot into the slope. Here’s exactly how to counter that slope, and here’s another fantastic 9-wood cut shot.

It’s ironic, but in some cases, you’d be better off in the water than in the sand. Shots out of the sand to the right are very tough to stop on the green, so you could find yourself an extra stroke behind if your chip shot goes long (or doesn’t get out of the sand at all)! This makes it all the more important to find SOME green here, so take your time and do your best!



Grizzly Flats — Hole #17: Par 5

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Handicap: 6th hardest hole
Category: Professional
Average Score: -0.70 / -2.00 

Eagle+ 16%
Birdie 50%
Par 26%
Bogey 5%
Double+ 3%

A high tee and the Air-O balls would be huge here to help you carry over the strip! Otherwise, it’s going to take a very fortunate tee box and wind to allow you to carry the second fairway.

Unless the wind is in your face, your next option is to lay up just short of the strip. From here, you should be able to get a driver to the green, having 330-340 yards in! Here’s a great 3-wood hole-out from there.  And this is just an unbelievable power shot that most of us can never pull off.

Your next option should be trying to land the strip — here’s one example. Why? Even though it’s near impossible for players like us, if you miss left in the water, you’ll still get a good drop and be shooting into the green for a birdie putt! If you find mud, just punch it out and go after your birdie.  Eagle is pretty rare on this par 5, so you can be happy if you’re moving on with a birdie!

Here’s an example driver hole-out from the strip. Here’s one with a 5-wood and another with a 7-wood.

Here’s a hole-out after a monster drive.



Grizzly Flats — Hole #18: Par 4

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Handicap: 4th hardest hole
Category: Professional
Average Score: -0.66 / -2.00

Eagle+ 10%
Birdie 55%
Par 26%
Bogey 8%
Double+ 1%

This fun finishing hole offers many different potential approaches, so your game plan will usually depend on your tee box. Keep in mind that this is the toughest hole to eagle in GT2011, so don’t feel bad playing safe for birdie in some cases!

If you’re way to the left, you may have a pretty straight shot at the green.

The most common approach is to take a driver or a smaller wood around the left side of the trees onto the green…you can even use the hill as a backstop.  Also, here’s a high-teed 5-wood that cut the corner a bit.  You can also take the high-teed 5-wood straight over the top with a back box and a tailwind.  And check out these crazy bounces! This is also the safest approach strategy with the hill as a backstop and bunker in front.

If you’re towards the middle of the box and especially if you get a favorable line, you can punch a driver right through the trees! You’ll find some very unpredictable looks here though, not knowing exactly how high or low your shot will go. With narrow elevation gaps between leaves and hill, it’s often best to just go around instead of settling for a par attempt if you get wet.

Finally, if you’re tucked away right, there’s still ample room to take a wood around the right side! Here’s a great shot around the right side with a 5-wood!