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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


Dusty Bend — Hole #1: Par 4

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Lay up towards the end of the first fairway and bring it in for birdie.  Here’s an example 9-wood hole-out.  Don’t take this one for granted — you’ll need to nail your distance with sand short and long.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #2: Par 4

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From the back box, there’s no need to cut the corner much here — you don’t want to bring anything but fairway into play!  Poke it out right in a fat part of the fairway and hit a long wood into the green.  Here’s a nice driver hole-out.

From the front box, you can curve one around a bit to shorten your approach shot.  Here’s a short hole-out after a long drive around the corner.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #3: Par 3

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Don’t forget about the fence guarding the front of the green here — you absolutely cannot be short!  Make sure you have plenty of carry and use bite or backspin to hold the green.  Here’s a 9-wood hole-out from the middle box, and here is a nice use of bite from the back box.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #4: Par 4

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Elevation is almost never an issue here if you hit your shot hard with the highest lofted club that you think can get there.  It can be anywhere from a 3-wood to a driver.  It carries well too, as the green is downhill from the tee box.  Long is water — you cannot be there, so miss short if anything (the road is okay).

Here is a driver hole-out off the road!  A hard-hit driver can carry the green to the right side, too.  And this driver off the roof is amazing to watch.

Here’s a perfect 3-wood to a front pin.  Here’s a nice 3-wood also taking advantage of the road.

This 4-wood clips the dust but bounces down and in!  And this shorter club (7-wood?) takes a couple of nice bounces on its way down to the cup!

And if you hit Paul Bunyan, you may hear him yell “HEYYYY”!

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Dusty Bend — Hole #5: Par 4

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Just aim for the end of the first fairway — you’ll have plenty of club to get there in two, and you won’t bring any danger into play.  Here’s a nice 5-wood hole-out to a front pin.  A 7 or 9-wood will be used often as well.  Make sure you carry the green, and better long than short with water in front!

This one is just funny.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #6: Par 5

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Distance off the tee shouldn’t be an issue here — anywhere right of the sand is fine for your approach.  You actually don’t want to hit too far off the tee and bring some of the brush into play just past the fairway, so lay back a bit from the end of that first fairway.  Here’s how you bring it in with a 5-wood after a long drive.  This 5-wood was in a bit of trouble after the drive but used the roof (twice) to find the cup!

If you do get too close to the brush, consider hooking something like a 4-wood around the side like this nicely-done shot!

Even if you only get your drive out level with the sand, you can still bring a driver over the top!  This 3-wood went off the roof, off the dusty hill, and in!  Don’t miss too far up on the hill though or else you’ll just get stuck on the dirt instead and have to chip down.

I love the Psycho house up on the left — if you hit it for fun, you’ll hear the theme song!  And listen for the shower running while you’re putting on the green!  Also, don’t end up on the stairs on your approach shot — it’s unplayable!  Here’s a shot into the motel where you hear some music and the shower running too.  And here’s more fun hitting into the house — hear Norman say “Mother” with some more fun music!

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Dusty Bend — Hole #7: Par 3

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This one can be a bit tricky, so always play it safe.  The green basically has a front and back section, so play your tee shot to the middle of whatever section contains the pin.  Bite may be a good option here to get the ball to stick when it lands.  It’s often a 7-wood or 9-wood, and bite can come in handy here!

Wow — check out this wild shot that ended up right by the hole!  Here’s another 9-wood shot that deflected off the silo and ended up in the hole!  Here’s another amazing ace off the base of the silo.  This tiny little hop avoided disaster and resulted in an ace!

How about going around the right side?  If the pin is all the way to the right, you might think about it — it’s difficult, but this amazing shot is possible!

And if you happen to get pinned against the wood, try this amazing chip shot that seems to defy physics!  Here’s another wild up-and-down bank shot that finds the hole!

VIDEO DEMO



Dusty Bend — Hole #8: Par 4

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This hole is tough to eagle, and an errant tee shot can turn your round in the wrong direction.  Everything slopes towards the water in the front right of the green, so you need to aim well left to avoid the water and a devastating re-tee.  Stay dry, and accept that birdie is a fine score here!

Here’s a great 3-wood hole-out to a front pin.  Here’s an incredible driver dunk to a tough right-front pin!  And this driver used the road in front to bounce up on the green into the cup.  Here’s another that bounced all the way up to a back right pin!  And this 3-wood was very aggressive to a back right pin but was played perfectly!

You can also play an A1-type shot into the green if it’s playing really long, but that adds some risk as you’ll have to be quite accurate — no problem for Mr. Haas with a nice birdie save here.

You’ll likely never be behind the diner, but the alien ship is there.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #9: Par 5

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Don’t hit your drive in the blacktop — it’s all out of bounds!  Instead, you’ll have to hit your drive straight out in the fairway, avoiding the sand.  Don’t get it too close to the fence either or your approach won’t clear it!  So the middle of the fairway, quite a ways down, is pretty close to where you need to be.  Hit a hard driver towards the green.  You’ll have to get UNDER the drive-in screen but OVER the fence to avoid bouncing back to OB-land — very tough!  Here’s an example hole-out.  With time you’ll learn how hard to hit your shot so it flies through this gap and gives you a shot at eagle.  Here’s another one off the top of the fence!  And here’s another unbelievable deflection.

Another option is to drive to the very end of the fairway and curve around a 3-wood.  Be careful — you may have to get very lucky with this shot!  Here’s a driver with the perfect angle that bounces through the sand into the cup.  This is another example to a back left pin.

And this shot curved around AND through — what a shot.

VIDEO DEMO



Dusty Bend — Hole #10: Par 4

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You CAN go left around the house to cut some distance off your approach shot, but it’s usually not worth the risk unless you’re sure it’s an easy shot.  Sometimes it is if your tee box puts you in line with that gap, so take advantage of it if it’s there.  Here’s a hole-out from the front fairway.

There’s nothing wrong with laying up in the first fairway to the right and bringing in a longer wood shot for your approach!  Just be careful of the hill by the green because it’s all dust, so you can’t afford to touch it unless it’s on the downslope.  Here’s a hole-out from the right side.  Here’s another hole-out to a tough back-left pin.

Another option is to just play a big C3 around the corner, possibly ending up in the dust.  You can still get there pretty easily if you cut it way around.  Take a look at the pin position in this setup, where it made sense and led to a nice hole-out!

You’ll never be out this far, but the combine cranks up if you hit it.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #11: Par 3

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Here is a shorter par 3 that may test your skills curving a short iron into the wind.  There’s a lot of green to the right, and that’s the safe place to be.  Sometimes you’ll get a really favorable setup, so if you do, try to take advantage — here is a hole-out to a back left pin.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #12: Par 4

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This hole is fun — you’ll have all kinds of different shots here depending on your tee box and the wind.  The green is deceptively huge, so it’s important to get your shot close to the pin for a manageable putt.

From the back left box, here is a high-teed 5-wood from the back left box.  Also, here’s a medium-teed 5-wood around the left side from there!

From the back right box, a high-teed 5-wood can clear everything, especially with a small curve around the top left of the tower.  Here’s a high-teed 7-wood to a front pin.  And this incredible 3-wood went right through the windmill, got cut down by the tree, and found the pin!

From the front right box, here’s a high-teed 7-wood to a back pin.  Here’s a high-teed 9-wood to a front pin.  And check out how this medium teed 4-wood into the wind cleared the windmill and ended up right in the cup!

VIDEO DEMO



Dusty Bend — Hole #13: Par 5

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The safest play is something like a high-teed 4-wood to the left side of the left fairway.  This fairway slopes right, so don’t be careless and let one trickle into the water!  At the same time, there’s a semi-hidden building behind what you’re hitting over.  Sometimes it’s directly in your line.  If you play a high-teed 5-wood, you should go right over it — otherwise you may need a very small right-to-left cut to go around this (to be safe, it’s best to play a small cut anyway and just avoid this back building).  Once you do get to the fairway, you should have a good approach shot to the green from there.  Here’s a nice 5-wood hole-out after a long drive.  Here’s a long driver hole-out after a shorter drive.  Even if you carry into the sand, you can still get there with a nice shot!

It is possible to get there from the right side too, but it sometimes requires a precise, and long, C3 drive to get out far enough.  With a tailwind, a high tee can carry a drive far out there too for a decent approach shot.  Here’s a hole-out from there.  Stick with the left side if you can, but know that the right side is an option too.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #14: Par 4

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You will be aiming over the barn to get to the second fairway here.  A high-teed 3-wood clears the barn easily.  If the wind is in your face, high tee a driver and take it just right of the tree between the barn and the house to land safely in the fairway ahead.  Even if you come up a bit short in the dust, you’re still fine if you have a clear shot.  I also like this hole-out from the stop sign.  Check out the action on this approach shot!

If you don’t want to use a tee or aren’t comfortable going over the top, it’s still a decent option going left to the end of that fairway.  At worst, you’ll have a manageable driver from there.  Here’s another driver that played the hill on the left beautifully!

VIDEO DEMO



Dusty Bend — Hole #15: Par 5

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Two options here off the tee — in the demo, he goes over the top of the right tower with a high-teed 3-wood.  I haven’t confirmed this still works, but if it does, there you go!

Another option is to rotate right once or twice and play a big, high-teed C3 driver over the building into the fairway.  If you have a tailwind, then a medium-teed 3-wood also works and saves you a tee.  Here’s a hole-out from the second fairway after a long drive.

Finally, if you can play to the very end of the first fairway, a driver may have enough distance to get you there in two, but you might need a tailwind to be sure!  Here’s an impressive hole-out from there.  And if a straight shot won’t make it, you can try to get lucky with an A1-type shot instead!

Yes, there is a strip of grass running sideways past the building on the right, but you can’t get there in two from here unless you have a really strong tailwind.

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Dusty Bend — Hole #16: Par 4

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Normally you’ll just hit your drive out to the right over the water and into the fairway.  Here’s a hole-out from the right side of the fairway after a nice drive.  If you go too far, you could find yourself in between clubs, so you may want to use backspin and lay back just over the water for an easier approach.

If you have a 9-wood, you can also lay back left off the tee.  Here’s a 9-wood hole-out over the dinosaur after laying back.  And it’s hard to believe, but this 5-iron got over the dinosaur’s body too, so keep that in mind!  If you hit the dinosaur — he will groan!

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Dusty Bend — Hole #17: Par 3

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There are two greens here — one has you coming straight into the downslope, and one has you hitting into the green sloped hard to the left.  From the front, you’ve got water long (can’t be there), and dirt and road short (the better place to miss).  Also be careful not to miss on the wrong part of the green, or you’ll need two putts around anyway.  Here’s a hole-out to a tough back right pin.  Here’s another nice hole-out to a back left pin.

From the side, you may have to cut into the slope to hold the green, possibly using the hill too.  Again, just avoid the water on the left and take par at worst.  A 9-wood can actually clear the silo in front — here’s a great hole-out to a front pin!  And here’s a hole-out to a tough front left pin using bite.  This 5-wood cut into the slope with bite and settled in the cup.  Here’s another perfect shot with bite to a back right pin.  And this 5-wood was far enough back to clear the silo easily.

And here’s just an incredible deflection on one of the crazier hole-outs you’ll see!

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Dusty Bend — Hole #18: Par 4

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A clever change from the beta version is the addition of a sign over the two buildings on your way to the green.  Now you have to think about elevation control.  Usually, you can take a 3-wood through the gap over the building and under the sign — a driver will not clear the building if you are too close!  Here’s another 3-wood through the gap on the left.  And this driver was far enough back to get over the building through the gap in the middle!

Try to go around the sign if you can to avoid any kind of elevation questions.  Then just remember to stay dry — don’t be short in the water!  Try to give yourself a putt, no matter how long it may be.  Here’s a great 3-wood around the left side.  Now check out this amazing 3-wood around the side with a kiss off the umbrella!  Not quite as entertaining, but watch this one back up off the concrete!  And here’s a precise high-teed 3-wood landing on the concrete and bouncing down and in.  This one took a couple hops, one over the tanning hottie!  But be careful not to overshoot — check out where this one lands!

Here’s an awesome 3-wood around the right side.  This 5-wood was also perfect — much less risk going around this way since you can use the grass to bounce left to the green!

Check out this amazing low-teed driver right through the middle that almost went in!  And this driver grazed the roof, shot down and hopped over the pool, and in — amazing!!

There’s not always a great shot at this green, so you may be laying up to the right at times.  If you do, get far enough down past the building so you have an open approach shot — here’s a fairway hole-out with a 5-wood.

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