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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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Tundra Peak — Hole #18: Par 4

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The most common, and usually safest, shot is a high-teed 5-wood.  Since it slopes way back towards you and the green is frozen, it should settle, although you’ll almost always have a fun downhill putt to finish out!  This one caught a nice deflection to bounce up and in, while this one was just played very nicely.  Medium-teed 5-woods also work sometimes.  Here’s a nice one that flirted with disaster!

Sometimes it’s a high-teed 4-wood (into a headwind) or even a high-teed 7-wood with a closer tee box and big tailwind.  If you’re really far back, you can get lucky sometimes if you come up a bit short.  As long as you are on target, the ball may roll up the ice slope short of the green and still settle on the green anyway!

Speaking of that, and if you are really far back with a tough headwind, an accurate driver can actually get it done — check out this amazing shot that rolled all the way up the ice and in!  Here’s another amazing hole-out to a back pin.  And check out this deflection off the right wall!

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