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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


Auburn Glen — Hole #1: Par 4

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With a really good look from the front-right box, you can get pretty close to this green for a short chip shot (some have even driven it) with a huge high-teed A1 driver with roll.  Don’t get too carried away on the first hole, though!

Here’s an example hole-out after laying back off the tee.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #2: Par 4

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A high-teed driver straight at it can get there most of the time — here’s a long ace!  This one also went right over the yellow tree on the left and trickled all the way down and in, but you may also clip a leaf here if you mishit it, so stay right of this tree if possible.  Also keep an eye out for the alien ship here if you do go for it — this one actually landed on it!  And this is not for the weak — an incredible high-teed 3-wood going over 400 yards!

This driver came at it from left to right and still cleared the yellow tree, so it can be done this way too!

Be careful if the wind is blowing right — it could push your ball into the water if you aren’t far enough left on the hill.  You will get over the green tree on your way there, but make sure you stay to the right of the yellow tree!

Sometimes you’re on the back box with a headwind and can’t get there, so lay out to the right.  Here’s a hole-out after laying up to the front right fairway.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #3: Par 3

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A 9-wood isn’t necessary here, but it sure can help.  Here’s a 9-wood hole-out playing the wind and loft nicely to a pin tucked up against the hill.

Loft is no issue to the right — here’s a 5-iron hole-out to a right pin.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #4: Par 4

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The best shot here may be a C2ish driver with backspin.  You can skip if off the water (not preferred, but doable) and/or ram into the hill short of the green (preferred), rolling up and on.   Cutting into the hill kills the velocity — here’s a great hole-out using that approach!  Here’s another low-teed driver into the hill acing a tough front-right pin! This one skips the water and shoots up to a back pin — awesome shot.

A high-teed 3-wood can cut over the right edge of the tree here, so you don’t necessarily have to completely go around it if you choose a high tee.  This high-teed 3-wood needed just a small cut to carry the green and roll in.

Here’s another approach — a high-teed 4W over this gap in the trees!  If this option is there, it may be your safest route since you’re not going over water!

Make sure you use enough club here!  It’s very easy to come up short in the water and have to re-tee.  Play at least one club longer than you think you need until you get the hang of the distance.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #5: Par 5

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First, check if you can blast your drive down straight ahead to the second fairway.  If so, you can end up with a fairly straight approach shot — here’s a 3-wood hole-out from the bottom fairway.

Otherwise, you just need to nail the correct layup spot for a shortcut to the right through the trees — it will take a little practice to learn closely enough where it is.  Aim for the left edge of the fairway straight left of the end of the bunker on the right — this should get you close enough to poke your approach shot through there!  Here’s a 7-wood hole-out from that spot.  At the very end of the fairway was a good spot for this 5-wood to a right pin, with a little bank!

Another spot that works is a shorter drive to the front of the sand.  From here, a 5-wood gets over the hill and under the trees as well!  Give this spot a try too.

If you miss your tee shot and can’t cut through the gap, just go out to the next fairway and preserve your birdie.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #6: Par 4

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If you’re playing the Flares, you can lay back before the fairway gets too narrow — here’s a great 9-wood hole-out to a back left pin, and here’s a dunk to a right pin.

If you want to take the skill and decision making out of this shot, just blast it straight as far as you can.  Here’s a hole-out from in front of the far sand.  Even if you roll into the sand, you’ll have a short straight shot to this green!

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Auburn Glen — Hole #7: Par 4

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Over or under, that’s the question!  The safest shot is usually a low-teed driver straight at the green under the bridge.  You don’t have to hit it as hard as you think either — you should have plenty of loft and distance to carry the water, and you want the ball to stop before skidding back into the sand.  So, it’s usually just a thumb shot once you get your line.

If you’re playing Buzzsaws or have a low-loft driver, you may not need a tee — check out this great shot underneath.

Over the top can work but is riskier because you may clip some leaves.  From the back of the box, here is a perfect high-teed 5-wood.  This one hits everything but somehow makes it over…and in!  This one catches the gap in the trees and comes over clean, finding the cup.  Finally, a high-teed 7-wood can go clean over too — this one caught the right bounces into the hole!

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Auburn Glen — Hole #8: Par 3

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Sometimes higher-lofted clubs can help you float shots in here, especially when the pin is tucked to the right.  Here’s a great 9-wood to a left pin.

Here’s a low-lofter to a center pin.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #9: Par 5

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Most of the time, you should be aiming at the fairway straight ahead, especially with a tailwind!  Take a high tee and see if you can get past, or at least stay left, of the sand traps there.  Here’s a hole-out from the fairway after a long drive straight ahead.  It’s not as far as you think from here — even a shot laid up short of the sand straight ahead leaves only 300 yards to the green – here’s a driver hole-out from there.  Here’s another incredible driver shot.  And, a shot in the far sand still gives you a wood into the green.  Even if you end up left behind the tree, you still have a chance to curve one around into the green.

The shortcut area to the left provides a great approach shot, but only if you can stick the far left edge of it — a very difficult task.  A high-teed 5-wood will go over the trees if you can hit it far enough, and a high-teed 3-wood can go through the trees and still end up in the fairway.  Otherwise you can cut a C3-type shot around the corner to get as far left as you can.  Watch out for the church pillar behind the trees too — there are lots of obstacles over there.  As long as you end up off the dirt, you should have an approach shot through the gap.  Here’s a perfect 5-wood hole-out after nailing this spot, and here’s one with a 3-wood.  Even from the rough in front of the fairway, this 5-wood still had the angle for a hole-out!

Also check out this example driver around the left side of the church to set up a great approach shot!

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Auburn Glen — Hole #10: Par 4

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Nothing fancy off the tee here, just poke it out right and bring in your approach.  Here is a dunk from the fairway!  Here’s another nice hole-out to a back pin.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #11: Par 4

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Here’s a tricky hole that will test your skill.  The tee shot to the right is difficult to stick due to the narrow fairway, but you’ll be rewarded with a straight approach shot for an easy birdie if you pull it off — here’s a hole-out from there.  If you end up in the sand over there, you may still be able to punch one under — check this one out!

If you do play down the left side, you’ve still got 3 options.  If you have a 7-wood in the back, you can stay to the left to give you a shot over the trees.  Here’s a 7-wood over the top and in!

You can also play the gap — here’s a perfectly-placed tee shot that allowed for a nice hole-out!

Going all the way to the end of the fairway, here’s a hole-out around the left side.  If you do play around the left, you can also keep your approach shot left and use the hill as a backstop to bounce back onto the green.

Try a couple of these options out to see what works best for you.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #12: Par 5

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It’s all about the tee shot here.  Either use a high tee to try to carry the sand to the second part of the fairway, or play a driver cut shot with roll and try to thread the needle past the sand.  You’re good from past the sand.  Here’s a 5-wood using the hill as a backstop, and this driver hole-out does the same.  If you don’t think you can make it, then just try to get lucky and find some of that rare green space down there as far as you can while avoiding that sand!  Here’s a 3-wood hole-out from between the traps.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #13: Par 3

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There are a couple of tee boxes here — one shot is longer into the upslope, and one is from the right where the green slopes left.  It’s usually up to the tee, wind and pin to decide whether high or low lofted clubs are better here for the shot into the upslope, but you’ll always be hitting a short iron from the right.

This is a nice 7-wood with bite from the one hitting at an uphill green, and here’s another one to a left pin.  Here’s another beautiful shot using all the green.  Low lofted clubs work great here too — here’s an example hole-out.

From the right, here’s a wonderfully played ace to a front-right pin.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #14: Par 4

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The safest shot for you here is to high-tee a 4 or 5-wood over the top of the barn at the same angle as it runs.  If you miss this shot too far right, the tree guarding the green will halt your progress.  Likely you will clip some leaves but have enough momentum to carry forward and bounce down towards the green — here’s a great high-teed 5-wood hole-out!  And here’s one with a high-teed 4-wood that worked out great.  The best conditions for this shot are when it’s in the 265-275 range with a right to left wind from the right side of the tee box (otherwise a driver through the bridge is your best shot).

The more difficult option is to cut a driver (low-teed to be extra safe, but probably not necessary) with a C2.5-type shot straight through the covered bridge.  It will then deflect off the hill in the back and settle down on the green — here’s an incredible hole-out using this path!  This one grazed the wall but deflected on, off the back hill, and down and in!  If you somehow miss the barn completely to the right, you may still get incredibly lucky!  This shot is very difficult to pull off, and if you don’t come clean through the bridge, bad things will happen and you may post a big score — unless, of course, this happens.  Or this one clean through, ha! EDIT – Mouth may be doing this on purpose, which is just incredible…here’s another one that almost went in.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #15: Par 4

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If you don’t have a 7-wood or 9-wood, make sure you lay back towards the top of the fairway to the left to use your 5-wood on the approach.  Actually, you can be a bit of the way down the slope for a 5-wood — here’s an example hole-out.  Here’s a 9-wood hole-out from towards the bottom of the fairway.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #16: Par 5

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If the wind is NOT blowing left and/or straight out, you’ll try to curve the ball around the mountain to the right and land on the green patch that surrounds it.   The farther around you go, the better approach shot you’ll have, because a driver can be very tough especially with a left pin.  Here’s a great hole-out to a front pin.  Here’s a tough driver hole-out from there that got a crazy bounce out of the sand!  Here’s another well-played sand deflection from there.

For extra distance, you can try an A1-type shot into this green too, but of course it’s riskier.  This was an amazing recovery for eagle.

If the wind is pushing your tee shot towards this water off the tee, you may want to just hit out left and play the easier birdie route.  If you try the above curve shot off the tee and miss, you’ll be dropped there and have a shot at birdie, but it will be long and difficult.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #17: Par 3

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This hole also has two tee boxes — one from the left and one straight on.  Here is where you really need Hawks or a set with low-lofted irons.  With a 7-wood or 9-wood, you may have an awful time trying to keep your round intact.

From the left, here’s a perfectly-played ace.  Here’s another great hole-out to a front-right pin.  Here’s an incredible dunk to a challenging back-right pin!  Check out this perfect cut shot into the gap with a center pin — wow.  Here’s another excellent shot with a 9-wood.  And why not another professional example!  Finally, this one used the hill as a landing area, plopping down into the hole!

From straight on, here’s a tough-luck rollover after a nice shot.

If you find the pin on the other side of your putt, with sand in between, keep in mind this option!  Here’s another incredible bank-putt for birdie.

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Auburn Glen — Hole #18: Par 4

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In the minds of many, Auburn lets you off the hook with a very doable finishing hole.  You’ll have a pretty straight shot through the gap to this green.  Above all else, aim for the fat part of the green closest to the pin and give yourself a putt.  You’ll need to nail your distance, but you’ve got a good shot to end your round well!  Here is a nice driver hole-out.  Here’s a great 5-wood to a right pin.

You can also use the tree on the right to kill the ball with a pin on the right — check out this 3-wood tree dunk!  This is incredible ball control with a 3-wood too.

This 5-wood takes an unbelievable bounce and some improbable backspin to the hole — wow.

Another option is a low-teed skip shot with the driver, but it’s not for the faint of heart — check out this amazing shot.

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