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Previewing Golden Tee 2013

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It’s every Golden Tee lover’s favorite time of year — the preview and ultimate release of another year of Golden Tee courses and features! As usual, we can expect the upgrade to happen towards the end of September — but select locations already have GT 2013 in pilot mode.  This site is your source for demo videos and tips on all the new courses!

I’ve got pictures of each hole for reference — keep checking back for tips, tricks, and YouTube shots for each of the hole posts as we learn how to navigate our way around the 2013 courses.  Here are some shots of the 5 new courses, and some additional screen shots too.

New courses always take center stage, but what else is new with Golden Tee 2013?  Graphics are always important, and players constantly crave a more realistic and lifelike look to all features of the course.  Improved technology has allowed IT to make significant strides in graphics upgrades this year — read more about it here!

There is also a new camera angle called “CupCam”.  This should provide a more exciting view of your approach shots, especially those that are tracking close to the hole — read more about it here.

The theme music was changed, which is kinda fun — check it out here.

As usual, there is new equipment to choose from this year.  You’ll find three new options for your virtual golf ball — read about the balls here and consider giving them a try.  And there are two new sets of virtual clubs — read about the clubs here and give them a try as well to see if they offer any consistent advantages on this year’s courses!  I will certainly gather feedback from the player community on the new clubs and balls and offer up advice on whether or not these new options can help your game — we’ll see if they are intriguing or exciting enough to replace the very popular Hurtle balls and the Flare and Hawk clubs.

And new clothing is fun too, as I always enjoy winning new apparel when a new season starts!



Sequoia Grove — Golden Tee 2013

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2013: “A truly one-of-a-kind setting, Calaveras, California houses the largest trees on the planet in one compact area. These Sequoias, which can get upwards of 20 feet in diameter at their base, seemingly blend in with the clouds. These gigantic obstacles are scattered throughout Sequoia Grove, and will push your virtual golfing creativity to its max. Be prepared to go under, around and even through them if you want to score low!”

Here is the official preview of the Calaveras, California course, and this article breaks down the course even further.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2013 Golden Tee course Sequoia Grove! 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!

The Hawks and Hurtles remain the most popular combo on this course, and I recommend that equipment for the time being.  However, the Flares are a very close second, so if you’re comfortable with that set, you can consider using it across the board.  The Ballistas are also used by some.



GT Par Breakdown for Sequoia Grove

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Sequoia Grove 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  5  3  3  -7  -7
6  3  2  2  -8  -8
7  4  2  2  -10  -10
8  5  3  3  -12  -12
9  4  2  2  -14  -14
10  4  2  3  -16  -15
11  3  2  2  -17  -16
12  5  3  3  -19  -18
13  4  2  2  -21  -20
14  4  3
 3  -22  -21
15  3  2  2  -23  -22
16  4  2  2  -25  -24
17  5  2  3  -28  -26
18  4  2  2  -30  -28


Sequoia Grove — Hole #1: Par 4

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Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #2: Par 4

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This hole can be drivable from the front-right box — check out this ace with a big high-teed driver!

From other boxes, just lay up straight ahead.  Here’s a nice dunk after laying up back in the fairway.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s an ace from the left box followed by a nice kick from the right box.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #4: Par 4

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Here’s a great 3-wood from the front box cut through the left gap in the trees.  That box also sets up well for a straight shot through the gap.

The second box may well the the trickiest.  The gap straight at the green closes up significantly, although it’s still there if you want it — here’s a 5-wood finding the hole.

Otherwise you may curve a shot through the next gap over to the left, trying to catch the front-left portion of the green and hold for a putt.  It’s a bit safer off the tee, but there’s more of a chance of having to chip your next shot from off the green.

This 3-wood from the second-farthest box went through the closer gap and found the hole.

From the back box, this one gets long.  If you don’t hit a driver hard enough, you may not have enough height for that first gap.  With a headwind here, this high-teed driver settled nicely and found the hole!

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #5: Par 5

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This tricky par 5 forces you to plan ahead, because you have a couple options for your approach shot.  One common approach is to lay up towards the left edge of the fairway before the trees.  Here’s a 9-wood curved through the left gap that got a nice bounce into the hole.  This 7-wood also got it done nicely.

Another option is to blast a drive out into the rough to the right…if you can get far enough, you’ll have a straight-in approach to the green.  This drive was also placed nicely to take the water out of play, since the approach travels over the rough towards this pin instead.  The sand can also work.  Here’s an impressive recovery from the sand on the right!  Just be sure to clear the water, and realize that backspin won’t be as effective, so front pins can be tough to stick close.

It’s riskier, but you can try to play the fairway down in front of the sand, which rewards you with the easiest approach — here’s a hole-out from there.

Also, you could lay up to the right edge of the fairway just short of the sand, which sets up for a curve shot around the right side into the green.  This approach did not go as planned, but check out the incredible deflection.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #6: Par 3

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Here is an example ace from the middle-right box.

Here’s a short little dunk from the front box.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #7: Par 4

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From the middle-right box, there’s room to work a shot just inside the last tree — here’s an outstanding 5-wood ace from that setup.  And here’s a 4-wood that used the rough to land and find a pin on the right edge.  Finally, this 2-hybrid used a skip with backspin to find the cup!

You should also be able to work a shot through there from the front or back box.  This 5-wood was perfectly-played from the back box to a right pin.  This low-teed 3-wood skipped the water and found the hole — an amazing shot!

From the middle-left box, look up — there should be a small gap you can shoot through towards the green.  This high-teed 5-wood got through there.  If things go bad, you still might be well entertained — turn up the sound on this one.

This gap can also apply to other boxes where the curve around shot is very difficult — here’s a high-teed 5-wood floated on and in from the back box.

Nothing wrong with laying up on a tough setup, though — here’s an example hole-out from the fairway.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #8: Par 5

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Here’s the first YouTube of 2013 from AK at IT — a bender through the giant sequoias into the green!

Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #9: Par 4

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Three shot options here depending on the wind and pin placement.  You can either go around the left, around the right, or straight through depending on your setup.

This 5-wood curved around the left side from the front box.  And this one went right through the gap and got a nice kick back off the tree!  This driver was perfectly short, bouncing up and finding the hole.

Here’s a 3-wood around the left side from the middle-left box.

This 3-wood from the back box curved around the right side and found the hole.  With a left pin, this driver was a safe play around the left side since it can bounce through the rough if needed instead of having to clear water.  This driver also got around the left at a center pin by playing a small bounce off the back tree!

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #10: Par 4

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From the middle box, if you have a decent wind, you can play a high-teed 3-wood through the gap, like this amazing ace!

From the back-right box and with a great wind, you also have a chance, especially with a long driver — here I am just barely missing the hole!

Often times you’ll opt to lay up in the fairway — here is an example hole-out to this elevated green.

If you don’t have high-lofted woods in your bag, you can also lay up to the more elevated fairway to the right, which gives you a more manageable wood into the green.  Just hit it far enough to get past the tree, but not too far that you fall of the ledge, which slopes down at the end!

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #11: Par 3

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Here’s an ace from the second-closest box.

Here’s a great 9-wood hole-out from the second farthest box followed by another one from the back box.

Finally, check out this incredible pinball action — THREE bounces back and forth off the trees and shot into the hole!

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #12: Par 5

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Most of the time you’ll be shooting to a spot in the fairway that leaves you an opening through a gap in the trees towards the green.    Draw a line from the green through the gap in the forest to a point in the fairway to know where to shoot.  Here’s a nice 4-wood hole-out through that gap.  This 3-wood played the gentle rough above the hole to trickle back down and in.

This drive came up a bit but a nicely-played 3-wood curve through there found the hole.  And this shot required a lot of curve to get through and back to a right pin.

If you get a great box or wind, you can blast it all the way down the fairway.  This shot curved around and in from there.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #13: Par 4

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Most of the time, you’ll be trying to hit a low-lofted shot through the hole in the bottom of the tree.  However, it’s very easy to miss high and ram right into it.  The trick is to try to land your ball well short of the green, because you’ll get a lot of bounces downhill through there.  Just pretend the green is about 20 yards closer.  If there’s a back pin, consider adding roll to get the extra distance you need.

There are several options when shooting under, dependent on the tee box.  From the back box, here’s a smoothly-hit low-teed driver that bounced along into a front pin.

From the second farthest box, here’s an example of how you can play it short and let the slope and bounces do the rest — a 7-wood that came up short just continued to bounce…all the way into the cup!

From the second closest box, this low-teed 3-wood found the hole.  This low-teed driver barely made it under and took some big hops into a back pin.  The 7-wood shot can work here too if you land it short!

If the wind is blowing left, I strongly advise putting a little left-to-right cut on your shot to prevent it from hopping all the way left into the water after it gets through.  Here’s an example by one of the best.  Here’s another professional effort.

There is also a small gap to the left of the tree that makes a drive around it possible with a wind blowing right, but it’s a bit risky — this high-teed 3-wood found the hole!  This medium-teed 3-wood also got through and kissed the pin before sucking back in again — nice.

Finally, if you are Damage Inc., you can bring a shot around the right side — just unbelievable.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #14: Par 4

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If you’ve got a big wind blowing towards the green, you can high tee this one and try to drive it!  This shot came pretty close to the green and gave a nice eagle chip.

Otherwise you’ll want to get out to the left edge of the fairway (while staying dry, of course).  This drive was well-placed and enabled a straight-in shot for a hole-out.

Many times you will need to curve in your approach.  Here’s another instance where you cannot pull back too far left of center or you will ram into the tree instead — take it way out to 1 to curve it around.  Here’s a nice hole-out.

And here’s another nice way to play it, especially if the wind is blowing left like it was here — rotate right once and play the B1 shot that way.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #15: Par 3

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This 7-wood from the second-closest box went right through the gap and found a right pin.

From the back box, this 3-wood went around the left side of the trees and sucked back into the hole.  This 9-wood also floated around the left side with a right-blowing wind and found the cup.

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #16: Par 4

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Here is an awesome 3-wood ace from the left-center box.  This high-teed 5-wood found the cup from there as well.

This 3-wood came around the left side with a great B1 shot and found the hole.  This one came around with more angle for the dunk!  And this low-teed driver skip was a great play to a pin on the right.

From the front left box, this high-teed 4-wood was curved around the left side perfectly.  And check out this amazing low-teed 2-hybrid with a skip and a hop off the hill!

From the back box you’ll likely want to float a shot into the green with something like a high-teed 3-wood.  This driver was coming in way too hot, but the hole got in the way!  Or, you can low tee it and try to play the skip — here’s another one that was a bit hot but found the hole off the skip.

Another option is to come around the left side — here’s a beautiful driver skip shot that found the cup.  This one also took a huge hop for an amazing ace!

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #17: Par 5

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Incredible risk here if you want a double-eagle chance.  It’s very easy to stroke-limit if you get stuck in amongst those trees, and then your round is gone.  This driver got through the tiny gap and found the hole for an ace!  This 4-wood found the hole, but on the second try for eagle instead.  And this shot got a couple fantastic deflections off the trees for another ace!

Another risky yet sometimes profitable option is to play a big curve around the left side, where there are some gaps to sneak through.  This one settled just off the green!  This one rattled around and kicked back on as well.  And this one very nearly found the cup!

This drive got long enough out to the left to leave a fairly straight approach shot, cutting back right slightly into the hole.  Here’s another one played very nicely back into the green.  Remember not to pull back too much left of center on this shot — if you do, you’ll slam into the tree instead of going around it.  It’s more about the push forward towards 1 here to get it out instead, and keep your pull back fairly close to B.  This one actually grazed the tree, but due to the wind, it blew back on…and found the cup!

If you shoot around the side, there’s also a small gap you can shoot through instead of trying to go completely around the trees and cut back in — this one made it through and found the hole.  Just try to line your drive up with the sand trap to the left of the fairway to give yourself a shot through here.

Finally, check out this amazing pinball recovery from a drive that looked lost in the trees!

VIDEO DEMO



Sequoia Grove — Hole #18: Par 4

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Here is a fantastic low-teed driver cut through the gap and into the hole.  This one came in pretty hot after a big hop and an out-wind but still found the hole!

If the wind is blowing hard left, you may need to rotate another click left and play more of an A2-type shot instead of the normal A1 cut shot.  The wind didn’t look too bad here, but here’s an example of that shot.

If you can control your distance and also if you potentially have a tailwind where it’d be tough to stop even a low-teed driver, you can low-tee a 3-wood through the gap as well.  Just don’t hit it too hard because you need to keep it low!  If the wind is blowing out, you can land a bit short and let it bounce while the wind carries it down.  This 5-wood with a medium tee also got the job done!

The 2-hybrid can also be a very useful club for this shot — here’s a great one.

Finally, I’ll bet you didn’t know there’s a small gap up high right through the trees as well.  It’s too risky for most of us to try, but check out how this one bounced through and found the hole — amazing!

Also, this driver was severely undercut, but it somehow found its way around the left side of the gap and into the hole!

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Golden Tee 2013

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2013: “Situated directly under the sweltering sun, Jackrabbit Junction is an 18-hole trek well off the beaten path. Unlike most desert courses, this Gila Bend, Arizona creation is not jam-packed with sand, but instead spreads across the dry, sun-drenched earth that stopped growing grass long ago. Miss the green or stray from the fairway, and you’ll likely have to deal with the many cacti situated throughout. Be careful on that follow-through!”

Here is the official preview of the Gila Bend, Arizona course, and this article breaks down the course even further.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2013 Golden Tee course Jackrabbit Junction! 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!

The Flares and Hurtles remain the most popular combo on this course, and I recommend that equipment for the time being.  The Ballistas are also used by some.



GT Par Breakdown for Jackrabbit Junction

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The following grid breaks down the best and worst you should be able to shoot on Jackrabbit Junction 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  5  3  3  -5  -5
5  4  2  2  -7  -7
6  4  3  3  -8  -8
7  3  2  2  -9  -9
8  4  2  2  -11  -11
9  5  3  3  -13  -13
10  4  2  2  -15  -15
11  3  2  2  -16  -16
12  5  2  3  -19  -18
13  4  2  2  -21  -20
14  4  3  3  -22  -21
15  3  2  2  -23  -22
16  4  3  3  -24  -23
17  4  2  3  -26  -24
18  5  3  3  -28  -26


Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #1: Par 4

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Never drivable, and with a narrow fairway, all you can do is put it out there and bring it in for birdie.  Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #2: Par 4

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Again, not much to do here but get it out to the bend in the fairway for your approach.  Don’t hang it out right or a little cactus might spoil your round early!  Here’s an example hole-out.

This hole can be drivable from the front boxes, some of which may only be available in casual play.  Here’s a driver ace right at it from the front box.

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #3: Par 3

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Many different tee boxes here, but you’ll just be plopping your tee shot onto the green for a birdie putt.  Normally no danger in being a bit long, as you can bounce back off the hill.  So just worry about carrying the green, and don’t get crazy with backspin.

Here’s an ace from one of the middle boxes, followed by a dunk from the back box.

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #4: Par 5

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If you can use a high tee and blast your drive out to the second fairway, it’s certainly best — here’s a wide-open 7-wood hole-out from there.  Even from the back box, a high-teed drive can many times carry over.  Staying to the left is a plus too, since a cactus guards the right side after you land.  If you barely clear, you may have to curve your approach shot around it.

Otherwise, you need to finesse a drive towards the end of the first fairway, leaving yourself room to hit through the cactus gap towards the green.  The less accurate your drive, the tougher your approach shot will be.  This drive ended up in a great spot for a 3-wood hole-out.  This driver shot came with some risk but was lined up perfectly to split the cacti and find the hole.

Finally, there’s another layup spot in this fairway before it juts left — this drive found it and had a nice 3-wood into the hole.

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #5: Par 4

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This shot is easiest from the left-center box — normally a high tee right at the green, even though a high tee wouldn’t always be needed.  Here’s a high-teed 5-wood ace from there.

The same shot works from the right-center box where a high tee is most often needed.  Or you can work a shot around the left side of the cacti — here’s a great 3-wood that backspun into the hole.  This type of shot can be advantageous with a tailwind and a front pin, where you wouldn’t be able to stick a high-teed shot close.

From the back-left box, you can still clear the mess with a high-teed 3-wood — this one found the hole from there.  With some setups, you’ll need to hit a driver to have the required distance, and it doesn’t have the height (even with a high tee) to go right at it.  So, you’ll have to curve it in — this shot is challenging and makes for a tough eagle.  Here’s a driver that was coming in hot but caught the cup!

From the back-right box, the same rules apply.  This high-teed 3-wood went straight at it over the top of everything.  This tough pin called for backspin instead — great shot.  But again, sometimes you’ll have to execute the difficult driver curve shot around for a chance at an eagle putt.  As a rule of thumb, try to miss left if you miss at all — it’s easier to chip back for an eagle from there than if you’re short in the drop-off area.

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #6: Par 4

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The only danger here would be an unforced error by placing your drive between fairways.  Don’t do it — just lay up towards the end of the first fairway.  Here’s a 5-wood hole-out from there.

There are some setups where you can clearly drive the second fairway, so that’s fine too — here’s a hole-out from there.

VIDEO DEMO



Jackrabbit Junction — Hole #7: Par 3

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This hole plays uphill, so you’ll usually need to play a little extra distance to stay pin-high.  But above all else here, keep your ball on the same tier as the pin!  It can be tempting to be aggressive, but you’ll likely cost yourself a stroke if you have to putt up or down a tier.  This putt up a tier was luckily able to recover!

Here’s a short ace to the top tier, followed by one to the middle tier.  And this one had some crazy english on it to keep hopping back towards the hole.

This ace to the bottom tier used the upward slope to back right in.

And check out this amazing putt down TWO tiers to the hole!  Nevermind how he got up there to begin with, just be glad there’s a video of the putt :).

VIDEO DEMO