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Golden Tee LIVE Course Trivia and Analysis

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Let’s start with some trivia.  There have been 35 courses since the inception of Golden Tee LIVE back in 2005.  How well do you know them?

  1. What are the only two courses to feature six par 3s and six par 5s?
  2. What is the only course to feature six never-drivable par 4s?
  3. Name the six courses where every par 4 has been driven.
  4. Which course can see a six-stroke swing in GT Par depending on the setup?
  5. Which two courses feature only three par 5s?
  6. Which three courses could set up for a GT Par of -32?
  7. Which two courses may only set up for a GT Par of -24?
  8. TRUE or FALSE: Every opening hole has been a par 4.
  9. 30 of the 35 courses feature a par 4 as the 2nd hole. Name the only three courses to feature a par 5 for hole #2:
  10. 30 of the 35 courses feature a par 4 as the 2nd hole. Name the only two courses to feature a par 3 for hole #2:
  11. TRUE or FALSE: There has never been a par 5 as hole #3.
  12. Name the only 3 courses to feature a par 4 as the 3rd hole.
  13. Which year of courses features a par 5 as the 4th hole on all 5 courses?
  14. Heading into the turn, only one course features a par 3 as the 9th hole.  Name it.
  15. Heading back out, only two courses feature par 3s as the 10th hole.  Name them.
  16. Similarly, only two courses feature par 5s as the 10th hole.  Name them.
  17. Which course features three consecutive par 5s?
  18. Which year of courses features a par 5 as the 16th hole on all 5 courses?
  19. Which year of courses features a par 3 as the 17th hole on all 5 courses?
  20. Name the only 2 courses to feature a par 5 as the 18th hole.
  21. Name the only course to feature a par 4 finishing hole that is not always drivable.
  22. There is a year of courses where only two par 4s have never been driven.  Name it.
  23. Which course features three par 5s that have been driven?
  24. Which three courses feature only two always-drivable par 4s?
  25. GT Par never varies on only 4 courses.  Name them.
  26. Name the only 4 courses that feature always-drivable par 5s.

How did you do?  Open the sheet here to see the answers and the statistics behind the following analysis.

The “Hole Pars” tab shows not only the par for the hole, but it also breaks down how often you can expect to be able to drive each hole (you can also hover over the comments in the cells to see a bit more how I break down each classification):
n = never been driven
e = drivable in extremely rare conditions
r = drivable in rare conditions
s = sometimes drivable
a = always drivable

Towards the bottom, you can see the average minimum and maximum GT Par for any given course (reminder: GT Par is the score you are expected to shoot without any fairway hole-outs).  GT Par sets up between -28.7 and -26.7 on average for the LIVE courses, but it’s skewed by easier setups in the original LIVE year.

The next tab is “Hole Par Stats”.  It breaks down how many times each scoring classification applies to each of the 18 holes, and then also in percentage form at the bottom.  What’s fascinating here is finding how many par 5s and long par 4s have actually been driven at one time or another!  I’ve got pictures of each hole on the site, so check them out!

Finally, there is “Stats Summary”.  At the top, you can see how often each of the 18 holes sets up as a par 3, 4, or 5, sorted by the percentage.  Below breaks it down by driving category, also sorted.

Now for fun, let’s predict how a Golden Tee LIVE 2013 course might break down, given the data we know from the past 7 years:

HOLE #1: A long, flat, undrivable par 4.
HOLE #2: A dogleg par 4 that’s only drivable in extremely rare conditions.
HOLE #3: An easy par 3.
HOLE #4: An easy par 5.
HOLE #5: A challenging but always drivable par 4.
HOLE #6: A par 4 that’s only rarely drivable with a great setup.
HOLE #7: Another easy par 3.
HOLE #8: A bit more challenging par 5.
HOLE #9: A par 4 that’s sometimes drivable depending on the setup.
HOLE #10: A tough, never drivable par 4.
HOLE #11: A tough, never drivable par 4.
HOLE #12: A moderate par 3.
HOLE #13: A challenging par 5.
HOLE #14: A very challenging but always drivable par 4.
HOLE #15: A very challenging but always drivable par 4.
HOLE #16: A very challenging par 5.
HOLE #17: A very difficult par 3.
HOLE #18: A very challenging but always drivable par 4.

If you play it clean, you’ll end up between a -26 and -28!



Tundra Peak — Golden Tee 2012

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2012: “Golden Tee at the top of the world. Literally. Mt Everest, Nepal is the home of the frigid gem that is Tundra Peak. Though mostly devoid of vegetation, the rocky cliffs, mountains, snow banks, and glaciers create a true golfing expedition new to the game. This 18-hole climb leads you through a variety of mountainside obstacles that will push your game to the very brink. While the voyage is epic, the closing hole will take your breath away if you haven’t already lost it from the journey up.”

Here is the official preview of the Mt Everest, Nepal course.  Also check out more pictures from the Golden Tee blog!

This is currently being updated with tips, tricks, and information related to the 2012 Golden Tee course Tundra Peak!  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!

Although intimidating, Tundra Peak is voted by many to be the 2nd easiest course in 2012, although some rank it tougher.  I think that just shows how difficult the courses are this year!  With experience, most players should be able to score better here than on most other courses.

Flares and Hurtles are the most common selection on this course, and you’ll probably want them with many of these uphill shots!



GT Par Breakdown for Tundra Peak

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Tundra Peak 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 4 3 3 -9 -8
7 3 2 2 -10 -9
8 5 3 3 -12 -11
9 4 2 2 -14 -13
10 4 3 3 -15 -14
11 4 2 3 -17 -15
12 3 2 2 -18 -16
13 4 3 3 -19 -17
14 5 3 3 -21 -19
15 4 2 2 -23 -21
16 5 3 3 -25 -23
17 3 2 2 -26 -24
18 4 2 2 -28 -26


Auburn Glen — Golden Tee 2012

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2012: “Set deep in the Green Mountains of Granville, Vermont, the peaceful setting of Auburn Glen can lull the unwary golfer. Although traditional on the surface, this American treasure is built around significant ponds, lakes and streams, which will make you think twice about your aggressiveness. And while water is plentiful, the dense trees that surround the fairway as well as the large, impactful bunkers can play a role in determining whether you manage this 18-hole beauty or the course manages you.”

Here is the official preview of the Granville, Vermont course.  Also check out more pictures from the Golden Tee blog!

This post is currently being updated with tips, tricks, and information related to the 2012 Golden Tee course Auburn Glen!  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!

Auburn Glen is voted by many to be the hardest course in 2012, and the second hardest by most others.

The Hawks and Hurtles are the most common selection on this course, although a few players still prefer the Flares here as well — so give them a shot and see what works best for you!



GT Par Breakdown for Auburn Glen

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Auburn Glen 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 5 3 3 -19 -17
13 3 2 2 -20 -18
14 4 2 2 -22 -20
15 4 3 3 -23 -21
16 5 3 3 -25 -23
17 3 2 2 -26 -24
18 4 2 2 -28 -26


Royal Cove — Golden Tee 2012

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2012: “The warm sun and leeward island breeze greet you at Royal Cove; 18-holes of golf positioned in Half Moon Bay, Antigua, a little known paradise to most. Although the baby blue water steals the show, the sandy beaches and perfectly placed mountains create a more rugged tropical scene than we’ve seen in recent years. Ancient relics from a buccaneer past are situated throughout parts of the islands, and you might just find buried treasure if your tee shot happens to go astray.”

Here is the official preview of the Half Moon Bay, Antigua course.  Also check out more pictures from the Golden Tee blog!  And finally, here is a great preview write-up of the course also from the GT blog.

This is currently being updated with tips, tricks, and information related to the 2012 Golden Tee course Royal Cove!  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!

Royal Cove is voted by many to be the hardest course in 2012, and the second hardest by most others.

The Hawks and Hurtles are the most common selection on this course, since you don’t really need a 7-wood or 9-wood and you prefer to stay low under many of the trees with hybrids!  Some players still use the Flares just for consistency across the board — so give them both a shot and see what works best for you!



GT Par Breakdown for Royal Cove

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


Grand Canyon — Golden Tee 2012

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2012: “Take a golfing journey from the top of the north rim all the way down to the bottom of the great chasm. While water is sparse through much of this 18-hole excursion, the streams and waterfalls you encounter will certainly impact your round. Tusayan, Arizona’s breathtaking cliffs, drops, and windy rock walls will make you stop and take in the surrounding scenery. As beautiful as the course is, however, seeing too much of the sights likely means you’ve lost track of the fairway.”

Here is the official preview of the Tusayan, Arizona course.  Also check out more pictures from the Golden Tee blog!  And finally, here is a great preview write-up of the course also from the GT blog.

This post is currently being updated with tips, tricks, and information related to the 2012 Golden Tee course Grand Canyon!  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!

Grand Canyon is voted by many to be the 3rd hardest course in 2012, although some rank it harder and some easier.  It has many eagle opportunities but also many potential blow-up holes and tough setups that can make for a rough round!

Most players use the Flares and Hurtles on this course, although the Hawks can benefit us amateur players more here.  You might save more strokes from the low-lofted hybrids than you’d gain from the one or two times you might need a 7-wood or 9-wood here, so see what works best for you!



GT Par Breakdown for Grand Canyon

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


Dusty Bend — Golden Tee 2012

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2012: “Built along Route 66, Dusty Bend Golf Course seems like a step back in time. You’ll never know what roadside attractions you’ll encounter as you golf along “the mother road” in Sayre, Oklahoma. Trees are scarce, but the farm buildings and tourist traps replace them with a landscape as well as some unexpected landmarks new to the game. Venture off the fairway too far and the dusty dirt will make its presence known. It goes without saying that you’ve never played a course like this.”

Here is the official preview of the Sayre, Oklahoma course.  Also check out more pictures from the Golden Tee blog!  And finally, here is a great preview write-up of the course also from the GT blog.

This post will soon contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2012 Golden Tee course Dusty Bend!  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!

Dusty Bend is clearly the easiest course in 2012, and it’s still a lot of fun to play, which is a great combination!

Flares and Hurtles are the most common selection on this course, and I suggest them too, as you’ll need all the woods to help with various shots here.  However, the course is pretty flat, so from a course management standpoint, the Hawks may still be more comfortable for some players!



GT Par Breakdown for Dusty Bend

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


An Ode to Golden Tee Courses

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Eighty-six courses designed mighty fine,
From 2012 back to 1989.

One was Great, while 2 were Grand,
A King dubbed three Royal with his mighty hand.

Two Eagles soared high with majestic Crests,
While a Falcon and Kiwi flew along as their guests.

A Crawdad approaches, not one you can eat,
A Scorpion and Rattlesnake slither at your feet.

A Buckhorn, A Moose, and a Kangaroo near,
But a Coyote and Grizzly should bring greater fear.

Crimson, Red, and Auburn you’ll find,
These Greens are Painted with color in mind.

One was Black while two were Blue,
Don’t forget we had Indigo too.

 

3 Oaks, 2 Palms, and 2 Pines dominate
While Cedar, Cypress, and Maple await.

There’s Willow, Laurel, and Timber too,
Arbor Day loves this Woodland view.

Yes, Sylvan Woods are a common theme,
Both Rustic and Mystic in their gleam.

 

Water all around can be quite harsh,
Bayous and Swamps kick off this marsh.

The Ocean will see if you have what it takes,
Try dodging the Sea, 3 Creeks, and 3 Lakes!

Dropping Anchor in any of 5 Coves is no safe Haven,
5 Springs and a Falls – your balls need a savin’!

Let’s not forget the 2 courses with Coral,
And 3 Bays will have you and your game in a quarrel.

 

Aspen and Alpine, it’s getting hilly,
Tundra and Glacier, it’s downright chilly.

A Mountain, a Summit, and 2 Peaks ahead,
A Mound and 3 Hills is where you’ll be led.

 

Two Stones, a Wall, and a Side make a Monument,
A Rock and a Sapphire help complete your repent.

Canyons are common; there have been three,
There was also a Gorge as deep as can be.

Oh it can be Tropical or even Tahiti,
Where you’ll find Sunny, Shadow, or Misty.

Hungry for a bite to eat?
Coconut and Cu-Cumber makes a great treat!

Cactus and Saguaro fill the 2 Sands,
The Savannah is Dusty to challenge your hands.

 

A trip to the UK may enter your mind,
Where Balmoral Castle and Waterford shine.

From Bannockburn to the Shire to the Moor,
And two Links courses are never a bore.

If Southern Lands are where you take your gear,
Heather, Bonnie, and Bella will cheer!

 

Some of us will be Suerte enough to have a Vista
Of the Horizon, even Toscana, where your gal first kissed ya.

Meadows Rolling through the Heartland,
A Grove and 2 Acres make the scenery grand.

Five spacious Valleys where the going gets rough,
While a Glen and a Hollow show off their stuff.

Around 3 Bends, 4 Ridges, and Flats,
All could make permanent habitats.

To the Park and its Bridge, including the Trail,
A Farm and 2 Ranches may leave you pale.

So Run Long, preferably not with Sword’s,
3 Pointes may have you Whispering swear words.

 

From Alpine to Woodland and all in-between,
Oh what might we see in 2013?

CLICK HERE to view the complete Golden Tee Course History!



Excitement for Golden Tee 2012!

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Golden Tee 2012 is here!  Check out the 2012 Courses category for more on each course, but this article will focus on what’s new in the upcoming release!

First, we know that we now have a third option for ball spin.  We know how to use backspin and roll, but now we’ve been given a third tool to help us master approach shots into the green, and that’s BITE.  Bite essentially causes your ball to stop and settle once it hits the ground.  This can be incredibly useful on tough, hard-sloping greens where backspin and roll would otherwise not give you a chance to stick it close.  Click here to read more about bite.  Here’s the official article from Golden Tee and their explanation of what to expect.

Next, we know there will be new club sets.  We’ve already seen the “Thor” and “Peregrine” sets featured in the previews, and there are surely more to come.  It will be a while before we know what clubs are featured in these sets and what clubs are best to use for each of the new courses!

The next piece of info dropped is that the penalties for going water or OB off the tee when trying to reach the green, especially on par 4s, will be just like real golf — you’ll be put back on the tee!  It will make you think twice before being aggressive, or it will at least cause you to bail out to a safe spot.  Read more here — this will be interesting but fair!

GTF has paired up with a generous member of the GT community to bring you a demo video of all 90 holes in Golden Tee 2012!  Check out the hole-by-hole posts for each course to see a demo of each hole.  Huge spoiler!

And as if 5 new courses weren’t enough, Golden Tee has announced that all 35 Live courses, going back to the 2006 edition, will be available for you to play every time you start up a new game!  In prior years, the vendor chose which classic courses were available for play, and you only got 5 of them.  Now you get them all!  To many, you’ll get to experience some of the older courses for the first time, which is very exciting!



Tundra Peak — Hole #1: Par 4

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Enjoy one of the few flat holes on this course!  Lay up anywhere and bring it in for birdie.  Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #2: Par 4

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With a great tee box and wind, you can get within chipping distance off the tee here, so keep that in mind for a better chance of a hole-out!  A C3 from the front left of the box is ideal.

You can also ram a medium-teed driver with roll straight ahead and hope to catch a ramp — check out this roll!

Otherwise, lay back with your drive so you have 180-200 yards on your approach shot — this allows you to loft a 7-wood or 9-wood onto the green for your approach.  Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #3: Par 3

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It’s a ways downhill, so compensate a bit extra for the elevation and wind.  Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #4: Par 5

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The safest play is to the layup patch out to the right.  It’s usually a 4-5-wood to get there, almost always high-teed for extra elevation and distance.  There’s some snow short, so you absolutely must carry it there — bank off the ice on the back if you need to.  That should leave you with another 5-wood approach shot — here’s a hole-out from there.

Sometimes that shot is frustrating and you come up short in the snow, costing a stroke.  Another option, if you figure out the shot, is to play out to the snow/ice towards the green.  From where this shot is lined up in the picture, hit an A1 driver (high-teed in this case) — watch it rattle around in the ice.  This one left 112 yards in for an easy eagle!  And here’s a high-teed straight driver that bounced over the mountain to the same spot.  Or, there’s another spot out here between the mountains where you can plop a 9-wood onto the green — check out this example hole-out!  Also look for the Yeti walking around in this area!  Here’s another failed shot that ended up plunking the Yeti — he doesn’t sound too happy!

Another more difficult grassy patch to hit is to the left of the fairway, but if you’re feeling confident and it gives you a better approach shot with the wind, then it’s an option — here’s a tough hole-out from there.  And this 5-wood actually got up over the mountain on the approach!

Finally, you can lay up in the fairway short of the sand.  You’ll still be able to curve an approach shot into the green from here with a 7-wood.  This one found the cup with a 5-wood.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #5: Par 4

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If you’re towards the back middle of the box, a high-teed 3-wood can take aim directly at a center pin and clear the mountain!  Keep this in mind as you line up your shot, because you may not have to curve it around.

Otherwise, you’ll need to be accurate enough to curve your ball around to the green — you’ll often use the icy hill as a downslope to the green.  Here’s a nice high-teed 3-wood cut around the corner, taking advantage of the icy hill!  And here’s a high-teed 4-wood that got a perfect bounce.  A medium-teed 3-wood also gets around the corner as long as you take it out right far enough!  With a really tough setup, here’s a driver around the side that finds the cup.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #6: Par 4

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Just lay back short of the sand for your approach shot — here’s an example hole-out.  Even if you do carry into the sand, you should still be able to loft a shot into the green — here’s a hole-out from the sand on the left.  And here’s a hole-out after a long drive out to the second part of the fairway.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #7: Par 3

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Similar to hole #3 but a different distance.  Again, it’s a ways downhill, so compensate a bit extra for the elevation and wind.  Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #8: Par 5

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You’ll always be aiming out left for the green patch in the mountains.  It’s a bit uphill, so you’ll need a little extra loft and distance — something like a high-teed 3-wood may work well.  If you are a bit short, though, you can often bounce up the ice and onto the patch, so aim for the front center of it!  Here’s a 5-wood hole-out from the shortcut patch to the left.  Loft shouldn’t be an issue on your approach from here — this driver made it up and over, and in.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #9: Par 4

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It’s all about distance control here — you’ll be shooting straight at this green with backspin or bite.  Here’s a great 4-wood dunk to a front pin, and here’s a perfect 3-wood hole-out to a back pin.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #10: Par 4

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It doesn’t matter much which way you choose here, so let the wind decide for you — pick whatever side gives you the easiest approach shot with or against the wind.  A high tee may help your distance to be safe.  Here’s a hole-out from the left fairway, and here’s a hole-out from the right fairway.  With a great tee and wind combination, you actually might be able to get this one close enough to the green for a short chip, so keep that in mind too!

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #11: Par 4

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With a great tee box and strong tailwind, you may be able to high-tee this one to the green!

Otherwise, just lay up a ways short of the icy divide to give yourself a 7-wood or 9-wood loft shot up the hill on your approach.  Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #12: Par 3

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Use your loft and carry over the ice to the green — here’s a nice hole-out.  With a back-right pin, the icy mound can serve as a nice backstop!  You can also use the ice to help bounce forward if you end up short, although this one got lucky!

Don’t have a high-lofted club?  Just run it into the mountain and let gravity and ice do the work!

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #13: Par 4

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The safest play, and only play in my opinion, is to take your shot straight over the mountains ahead to get to the second part of the fairway — use a high tee if it will help you carry far enough.  Here’s an example hole-out.

You can still lay back left for a longer approach shot — here’s a hole-out from there.

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #14: Par 5

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Take a high-teed 3-wood straight over the snow mound on the left, aiming to land in the sliver of fairway heading down.  If you’re on point, you’ll roll on down to safety for your approach.  Here’s a hole-out after a mammoth drive.

If you do head right or try a cut shot that catches the hill, it just might ramp over!

VIDEO DEMO



Tundra Peak — Hole #15: Par 4

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It appears as if you’ll have to try to thread the gap between the two mountains if you want a shot at this green (this 3-wood with backspin was perfect) — and this is the best case with a left pin.

But, in most cases, you can go over it — the problem may lie in getting the ball to stop after you get over.  There are setups where a high-teed 5-wood (or 4-wood) can actually get over the mountain, or at least help cut the corner!  Of course, distance control is still important so you don’t keep flying over the green — this shot is tough!  Recognize that there is more green to the right, so if you can carry over the right side of the mountain, you may get your ball to stop on the right side of the green.  Here’s a medium-teed 5-wood that just barely caught the top of the right mountain but carried forward and in!

This medium-teed 4-wood almost carried the green, but a nice icy deflection shot it into the hole anyway!  And this 3-wood wasn’t clean but bounced around and in.

This 3-wood had no shot of getting over but hit the right spot on the mountain and found its way over…and in!

Even if you have to hit a driver, there’s still hope — check out the incredible deflections on this one!  This rammed into the mountain but somehow shot up and into the gap, and eventually in the hole!  Same thing here — amazing deflections.  Lesson learned — if you can’t carry the mountain but you can get your ball to the gap in there, good things may happen!

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Tundra Peak — Hole #16: Par 5

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The island straight ahead is the common shortcut shot for an eagle chance but can be very tough to stick at times because it’s not completely flat, and backspin isn’t as effective in the frozen tundra.  It’s elevated too, so consider a high tee and/or hit it a bit more firmly.

Here’s a solid tip — if you have an outwind, just thumb a driver into the hill with backspin.  If you’re in the front of the box, tee it low, and if you’re in the back of the box, just thumb it without a tee.  It should plop up onto the patch nicely, taking the wind out of play.

On your approach shot from here, you can ramp up the ice in front of the green if you have to use a driver (this super albatross got the tee box here — don’t count on that), so keep that in mind as an option that could help!  This 3-wood also ramped up the hill to a back right pin.  Here’s a great 3-wood bite shot to a back pin.  And this one played a little cut shot into the icy slope so it bounced up beautifully and in!

Another option is to lay short straight ahead in the fairway and bring in a big A1 around the corner into the green.

Finally, you can hit an A1 driver or 3-wood off the tee to try to stick the narrow strip around the corner.  This one actually carried all the way around and barely up for a great approach shot!

In addition, you can try to ram this shot into the snow as it comes around.  If you play it just right, it will stick, and you can have an easy 9-wood in from there!

If you miss any of these shots, you still get a drop that allows a chance to hit your approach shot on the green and birdie the hole, so don’t be afraid to practice!

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Tundra Peak — Hole #17: Par 3

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Here’s a great hole-out to a tough back-left pin.  And this deflection is amazingly lucky!

Also, there’s a little ice gully to the right that can be fun to rattle around in — check out this amazing shot!  Here’s another shot that got some crazy bounces before finding the cup.  Here’s yet another wild one!  And this one rode the icy edge all the way to the cup!  If you happen to find snow up there, consider putting it back down to the gully — great things may happen!

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