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Timber Bay — Golden Tee 2011

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2011: “The Pacific Ocean is the backdrop for this amazing course set near the coastal cliffs of Cape Arago Oregon. The pines are thick and plentiful and the ocean views will have players coming back to this course over and over.”

Here is the official preview of the Cape Arago, Oregon course.  Also check out this intro article to Timber Bay 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 Timber Bay!  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 Timber Bay

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Timber Bay 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 4 2 2 -5 -4
4 3 2 2 -6 -5
5 5 3 3 -8 -7
6 4 2 2 -10 -9
7 5 3 3 -12 -11
8 3 2 2 -13 -12
9 5 3 3 -15 -14
10 4 2 3 -17 -15
11 4 2 2 -19 -17
12 3 2 2 -20 -18
13 5 3 3 -22 -20
14 4 2 3 -24 -21
15 4 2 3 -26 -22
16 3 2 2 -27 -23
17 5 3 3 -29 -25
18 4 2 2 -31 -27


Timber Bay — Hole #1: Par 4

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tb_1 Handicap: 18th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.97 / -1.00

Eagle+ 2%
Birdie 93%
Par 5%
Bogey
Double+

EXAMPLE HOLE-OUT



Timber Bay — Hole #2: Par 4

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

Eagle+
Birdie 91%
Par 9%
Bogey
Double+

There are situations where this hole can be drivable, especially with the Air-Os, so don’t automatically lay up!

Here’s an example hole-out.



Timber Bay — Hole #3: Par 4

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Handicap: 12th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -1.43 / -2.00 


Eagle+ 60%
Birdie 24%
Par 15%
Bogey 1%
Double+

This hole is not as intimidating as it might look. Loft isn’t usually an issue — in fact, most of the time you should NOT use a high tee so that you can apply backspin effectively. It may take some practice to nail the distance. A medium-teed 3-wood will carry the green if you hit it hard, but a 5-wood can come up short if you baby it! Usually, a medium teed 5-wood is plenty to get there if hit hard, and sometimes you can high-tee the 5-wood for insurance. It’s also possible to be long if you really crush it, and then you’re looking at par as well.

Here’s an example dunk hole-out. Here’s another great hole-out, and here’s a third one with a tough pin.



Timber Bay — Hole #4: Par 3

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Handicap: 16th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.82 / -1.00

Eagle+
Birdie 84%
Par 14%
Bogey 4%
Double+

HOLE-OUT FROM RIGHT BOX
HOLE-OUT FROM MIDDLE BOX
HOLE-OUT FROM THE LEFT BOX



Timber Bay — Hole #5: Par 5

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Handicap: 11th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -1.33 / -2.00 


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

What a cool hole this one is. You can go any of three ways off the tee, and you can reach the green in two from any of them if you place your drive well enough!

Most often, you’ll be going to the right, because that shot is always there — here’s a great tee shot to the right, setting up a nice approach. Here’s a hole-out from there.

This is not your typical approach from the right by any means, but it sure worked out this time!

If your drive is a bit off, don’t give up — you can still go around the left if needed!  Here’s another great shot taking advantage of a right-blowing wind.

If you have a good tee box and wind, you can take the middle fairway down — here’s an example tee shot, although you’d ideally be back a bit farther to create a better angle on the approach.

It’s rare, but sometimes you can drive the upper left fairway too — your reward is the easiest of all the approach shots. Here’s a high-teed driver from the front box with a small tailwind. Here’s a hole-out from the upper-left.



Timber Bay — Hole #6: Par 4

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Handicap: 10th hardest hole
Category: Moderate
Average Score: -1.32 / -2.00


Eagle+ 52%
Birdie 31%
Par 15%
Bogey 1%
Double+

The left tee box gives the greatest chance at eagle on this hole — you’re just going over the top of the trees. Here’s a great ace with a 5-wood, and here’s another nice one with a 3-wood. And check out this crazy bounce with a driver!

The middle tee is a bit tougher because the green gets narrower, but you’ll still be hitting over the top through a nice gap — here’s a hole-out from the middle tee.

The right tee box is where it gets challenging, because the gap is very small. Here’s one example hole-out. You can also consider a low-teed driver here too, which can help keep the ball low and cut off distance — watch this one quick skip to a near hole-out!  And here’s a high-teed 2-hybrid that also got the job done.



Timber Bay — Hole #7: Par 5

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Handicap: 8th hardest hole
Category: Risk/Reward
Average Score: -1.08 / -2.00 


Eagle+ 32%
Birdie 47%
Par 19%
Bogey 1%
Double+

For your tee shot, you can usually hit a high-teed 3-wood over the trees down to the landing area. Sometimes you’ll have to work it around the trees, but sometimes you can use a more lofted club to get down there too! It’s better to be short than long off the tee to the layup spot — short shots can bounce off the log and down to safety, where you can still work an approach shot around the side, but long shots eliminate your eagle chance. Here’s a hole-out from there. Here’s another great hole-out having to curve it around!

Feeling strong? With a good setup, you can even muscle up and carry your drive all the way across! Here’s one to the sand and here’s one all the way to the fairway!



Timber Bay — Hole #8: Par 3

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Handicap: 13th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.78 / -1.00

Eagle+
Birdie 84%
Par 10%
Bogey 6%
Double+

This hole has two greens, but neither is very challenging. One green has a bit of slope but is pretty big — here’s a hole-out there.

The other green has a trickier shape but is flat — here’s a hole-out there. Also, check out this bounce off the rock!



Timber Bay — Hole #9: Par 5

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Handicap: 14th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -1.56 / -2.00

Eagle+ 66%
Birdie 36%
Par 4%
Bogey
Double+

The best option, if it’s there, is to blast it down the left side. There’s sand in the fairway to the left, but you don’t necessarily have to be to the right of it — you can still reach in two if you’re to the left of that sand. Here’s an example hole-out, and here’s another great bender from the left.

The next best thing to do here is to just tee it high and blast a long, straight drive over the trees and way out into the sand on the right. From here, you should have plenty of club to get there, like with this hole-out. This approach shot is easier if you have high-lofted clubs!

Finally, there’s a little outlet to the right that offers a clear approach shot if you can stick the drive there, but it’s tough to get the drive exactly where you want it. Here’s a hole-out from the right side.



Timber Bay — Hole #10: Par 4

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Handicap: 16th hardest hole
Category: Easy
Average Score: -0.81 / -1.00

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

If you get the “ladies tee box” up front and left, you can sometimes drive the green — check out this ace!

Otherwise, carry down to the second fairway if you can — here’s a hole-out from the lower fairway.

You can still lay back in the first fairway too — here’s a nice dunk from there. Here’s another fun hole-out off the rock!



Timber Bay — Hole #11: Par 4

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Handicap: 3rd hardest hole
Category: Professional
Average Score: -0.51 / -2.00


Eagle+ 13%
Birdie 46%
Par 28%
Bogey 8%
Double+ 5%

Here begins the toughest 8-hole stretch in Golden Tee 2011. If you’re fortunate to have the left tee box, then most of the time you can hit a 5-wood or a 3-wood over the trees.

If you get stuck to the right, then things get difficult. You’ll probably have to work a 3-wood through the gap like this great shot from the back box. Here’s an awesome 5-wood through there too! Here’s another 5-wood with fantastic pin action! Finally, check out this jacked up 9-wood!

From the middle box, a well-placed low-iron can sometimes do the trick — check out this 2-iron that stayed below the trees! I can’t recommend trying this shot, but a driver knocked down by leaves and a fortunate deflection gives an amazing hole-out!  Here’s one that’s definitely cleaner, though!

Eagle is very tough here; par or worse is far more likely. Be smart and save a stroke while you can!



Timber Bay — Hole #12: Par 3

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Handicap: 2nd hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.25 / -1.00 


Eagle+
Birdie 39%
Par 49%
Bogey 10%
Double+ 2%

The challenge here lies in the slope of the green, because it’s hard to sustain a cut shot into that slope when you’re shooting downhill. Be happy just to stick this green for a birdie putt!  This hole plays very tough, so don’t be frustrated with par here — just play smart so you don’t lose another stroke here!

Here’s a hole-out from the back box.
Here’s a hole-out from the middle box.
Here’s a hole-out from the front box.



Timber Bay — Hole #13: Par 5

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Handicap: 9th hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -1.22 / -2.00 


Eagle+ 47%
Birdie 31%
Par 19%
Bogey 3%
Double+

You’ll be cutting around the corner with an A1-type shot, but accuracy is more important than distance here. A left-blowing wind makes this tee shot very difficult, so you may want low loft so you can still cut around and through the wind. You might club down to a 3-wood, or even a 2-hybrid, with backspin to ensure you avoid the trees on your way around and land safely in the fairway. Here’s an example hole-out from a good drive around the corner, and here’s another one from laying back a ways.

If you are going to miss the fairway, though, miss long, because if you still have an open look from the rough, you’re fine! You can’t count on getting a lucky break like this!

If you do fall off the edge, there’s a chance you can still save birdie with a great A1 shot.  Or just hole-out for eagle!

Some guys have experimented with ramping it straight ahead off the hill, but no one’s succeeded in carrying to the green as far as I know — here’s an example attempt that worked out okay, but the risk just isn’t worth the reward.



Timber Bay — Hole #14: Par 4

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Handicap: 4th hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.26 / -1.00 


Eagle+
Birdie 50%
Par 27%
Bogey 22%
Double+ 1%

This is a difficult hole that forces you to make 2 great shots for birdie.  If you can get far enough down the fairway, you take the trees out of play — here’s an example hole-out.

Or, you can try to line yourself up with the gap and go through it, like this! Short of the sand is the place to be, so don’t drive it too far, since the fairway slopes down into that sand to gobble up careless tee shots!

Finally, there’s a shortcut area out to the left that can be considered. If you can stick a good spot there, you’ll also have an open approach shot, like this!

This hole can rarely set up to be drivable with the Air-Os, but you’ll probably need to get there with a 3-wood since the driver doesn’t get high enough from the normal front box.

Also, from the far front box (which you may never get), you can high tee a 3-wood to give yourself a chance to drive the green too! The driver may still clip the trees, so muscle up with the 3W if you get a look. This driver cleared safely! Here’s a high-teed 3W that found the cup!



Timber Bay — Hole #15: Par 4

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Handicap: 5th hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.28 / -1.00 


Eagle+
Birdie 46%
Par 41%
Bogey 11%
Double+ 12%

Check out the wind and tee position, because you may be able to drive this hole! If you’ve got a big tailwind, consider teeing high a driver, which can carry 380 to the green if you hit it well. You may not even need the Air-Os — here’s an incredible ace with Hurtles!

You also need to be very careful when laying up on the second fairway with a tailwind. It slopes way down, and your ball can bounce all the way down into the water, even with backspin. Here’s a hole-out from there, and here’s a hole-out from laying back, which is just fine too!



Timber Bay — Hole #16: Par 3

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Handicap: 6th hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.37 / -1.00 


Eagle+
Birdie 67%
Par 13%
Bogey 12%
Double+ 8%

Man can this green cause some problems! You need to stick the pod containing the flag or else you won’t have a putt, and it’s short enough for wind to wreak some havoc.

Here’s where you can get creative with high or low tees too, which can make those short iron shots more manageable!

Here’s a hole-out from the tee box off to the right.
Here’s a hole-out from a center tee box
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Here’s a crazy bounce to a near hole-out from a left tee box!



Timber Bay — Hole #17: Par 5

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Handicap: 7th hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.76 / -2.00 


Eagle+ 25%
Birdie 48%
Par 13%
Bogey 8%
Double+ 6%

You should almost always drive out to the left here. Consider the wind and pin placement, and put your ball in a position that allows the best approach shot through the gap in the trees. Use as much loft as you can to get over the hill and stop it with backspin! Don’t be long or else you might get one of the worst drop zones in the game, out to the right behind a tree for your approach sloped towards the water.  Here’s a hole-out with a 3-wood. A driver can also work, and here’s another driver — hop, hop, hop!

Driving the ball out to the right rewards you with an easier approach shot, but only if you can hit it far enough to mostly take the trees out of play. Wind should also be a consideration, as you may hit out right with a cross wind. Here’s a great 5-wood over the top from there.



Timber Bay — Hole #18: Par 4

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tb_18 Handicap: 1st hardest hole
Category: Difficult
Average Score: -0.46 / -1.00


Eagle+ 18%
Birdie 35%
Par 25%
Bogey 19%
Double+ 3%

You’ll be using a wider array of shots on this hole than on any other! You also have a bigger shot at bogey here than on any other potential eagle hole, making this a great finishing hole.

From the front box, you’ll have a pretty open look or may just be asked to hit a small cut shot — here’s a 2-iron hole-out from there. But also check out this unbelievable bounce shot — it doesn’t get much crazier!  Here’s a successful bank shot — incredible.

From the middle box, your options start to expand. Here’s a 3-wood around the corner, and you can also start to consider poking a driver or 3-wood over the hill through the gap in the trees! For fun, check out this wild bank shot with a driver!

Your options really blow up from the back box since you can go around, over, or through, so you’ll have to find what works best for you. Here are some things you can try:

A 3-hybrid around the corner with a strong helping wind
A driver deflected off the hill
A driver straight through the trees

A low-teed driver with a little curve through the trees
A low-teed 3-wood through the trees
A driver using the tree as a backstop!
A high-teed 7-wood over all the trees