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Cape Haven — Golden Tee 2013

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2013: “Tucked away in Nag’s Head, North Carolina, Cape Haven is home to the largest sand dunes on the east coast and one of the most unique golfing experiences in the entire country. While the plentiful dunes can impact your round if you happen to miss the fairway, the choppy Atlantic seas can also come into play on errant drives and approaches. Bring your sandals and your sand wedge; you’re going to need them.”

Here is the official preview of the Nag’s Head, North Carolina course, and this article breaks down the course even further.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2013 Golden Tee course Cape Haven! 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 Hawks and Ballistas are also used by some.



GT Par Breakdown for Cape Haven

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


Cape Haven — Hole #1: Par 4

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With a favorable wind, this opening hole can certainly be drivable from the front box.  Here’s a high-teed driver right at it that found a front pin!  A big A1 high-teed driver can work too — here I am driving the green on my opening round here.  Of course, you don’t want to find yourself up against the edge in that pot bunker, so the straight route is the safer play — maybe you can make a chip if you are just shy of the green.

Just lay up from the back box — here’s an example hole-out.

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Cape Haven — Hole #2: Par 4

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Here’s an example hole-out.

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Cape Haven — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s a nice little dunk from the middle box followed by a backspun ace from the right box.

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Cape Haven — Hole #4: Par 5

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Here’s a 5-wood hole-out from the end of the bunker-ridden fairway.  This driver also found the cup from the center of all the traps.

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Cape Haven — Hole #5: Par 4

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Here’s a nice 4-wood ace from the back center box.

This 3-wood found the hole from the front-right box.

And this driver was intercepted by the hole from the back-right box.

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Cape Haven — Hole #6: Par 4

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Here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Cape Haven — Hole #7: Par 5

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You may have to carry 340 or more to reach the green if you play out to the left fairway.  It can be done sometimes, but you also don’t want to get wet trying, and you’ll have to put extra emphasis on your drive to be as far right as possible.  It’s worth consideration sometimes if the wind is blowing towards the green.

Most of the time, you’ll be playing to the narrow fairway out right.  Missing left is wet, but if you miss slightly right, you may still catch some sand at the bottom.  And from here, you can still get to the sand to the right of the green on your approach, allowing you to save birdie!

Here’s a great 7-wood around the left of the lighthouse from the narrow fairway.  This driver made it around the left from the very back of that fairway.  And here’s a 5-wood dunk around the right side.  Finally, this shot actually deflects off the left side but still finds its way to the cup!  And this one rammed into the right side but also got a very generous deflection to find the hole.

If you happen to get wet, there are occasions where you can still reach the green from the drop zone.  It’ll take a good wind and a precise shot — here’s a nice example.

There’s a teebox possibly only available in casual play up to the left a ways, and from here, you can fly your drive to the second far fairway.  Here’s a hole-out from there.

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Cape Haven — Hole #8: Par 3

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Here’s an ace from the middle box.

From the back center box, this one rolled around the hill and found the cup!

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Cape Haven — Hole #9: Par 4

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Here’s a nice 3-wood from the back right box that carried the green and found the cup.  And this driver curved around the left to suck back into the hole!

This driver from the back-center box caught a nice little hop towards the cup.

Here’s a 5-wood from the middle box that caught some nice bounces and trickled back to the hole.  And this big curving 4-wood was also an impressive play.

VIDEO DEMO



Cape Haven — Hole #10: Par 4

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Nothing wrong with laying up straight ahead, just leave yourself a bit of clearance from the sand mound on the approach.  Here’s an example hole-out.

If you get a good setup and really crave a big drive (or if you get the much closer tee box), you can reach the second part of the fairway for a shorter approach — here’s a hole-out from there.

VIDEO DEMO



Cape Haven — Hole #11: Par 4

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Here’s a nice one-hop hole-out from the end of the first fairway.

Here’s a hole-out from the second fairway after a long drive.

VIDEO DEMO



Cape Haven — Hole #12: Par 5

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If you play out left, you need to lay back a ways from the sand mound, otherwise you may not have enough loft to clear it towards the green.  At the same time, you can’t be so far back that a driver won’t even get there in two.  This driver had just enough to clear it from where it was positioned.  And this driver got a nice bounce coming in from the left fairway.

The sand mound isn’t quite as bad from the right side but is worse to the left edge of that fairway.  Still, it shouldn’t come into play as long as you leave a bit of room from the end.  Here’s an example hole-out from the end of the right fairway.

VIDEO DEMO



Cape Haven — Hole #13: Par 3

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This par 3 can be really tough, especially with a bad wind and/or if you have the back box.  Sometimes it’s best to work a very small-cut driver against the wind/slope to hold the green.  Here’s an awesome 3-wood dunk from the back box.

Here’s a one-hopper from the front-right box.  This 7-wood found the cup from the middle box.

Finally, this errant tee shot got an incredible deflection out of the pot bunker, directly into the cup!

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Cape Haven — Hole #14: Par 4

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Club down and hit it hard!  You need as much loft as possible into this elevated green guarded by a hill and pot bunkers.  Short is bad, and long is wet, so you need to nail the distance.  If in doubt, aim for the grassy hill in between the bunkers and hope to hop over onto the green.

Here’s a great 3-wood ace from the left center box.

This 3-wood got a nice hop from the front right box.

From the back-right box, this driver hopped off the hill and settled down into the hole.

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Cape Haven — Hole #15: Par 4

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This hole can be drivable from the front boxes with a high tee and a nice wind.  Here’s an amazing shot from the front-right box that hopped the bunker and almost found the hole!  This one came within an inch of dropping.  With an out-wind, you can also go straight at it with the high tee — this one almost found the hole too!  It does come with a bit of risk, as you could find yourself up against the ledge of the pot bunker and needing to chip out backwards.

From the front-left box, this big C3 driver did find the hole!  And from the front-right box, this huge 424-yard A1 driver also found the cup!

Otherwise lay up to give you the best shot in given the wind.  Here’s a hole-out from the left side of the fairway.  This one dropped in from the center of the fairway.

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Cape Haven — Hole #16: Par 5

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With a tailwind, blast a long drive down the fairway, where you should have enough to get there in two.  Hit it straight or curve it and try to get past the bridge a ways.  The overhanging bridge can be in play if you hit it too hard, so you’ll want the ball on the ground by the time it gets there.  Here’s a perfect 3-wood hole-out after a long drive through the fairway, past the bridge.  This one could only get to the overhang, but check out this amazing curve shot around there!

With a headwind, you may consider laying up on the pier — it’s in play!  This 3-wood was hit a bit too hard but caught a nice bounce back into the middle.  If you can manage to land your ball there with enough clearance to get over the rails, then a potential eagle is your reward.  Check out this 3-wood hole-out from the pier!  Here’s another with the driver that had plenty of clearance.  This one, however, was close to the rail but found a way through it!

With side winds, it may depend on the tee box.  If you can’t get out past the bridge in the fairway, you may try laying up on the pier instead to reach in two.  This 5-wood into a side wind was played perfectly up there.  This 3-wood incredibly ended up on the handrail!  And here’s some bad luck — this drive found a tiny hole in the deck and dropped in the water.

Now to some good luck — after trying to lay back up on the pier after an errant drive, you won’t believe where this ball landed!

There’s another box way up to the right you may only get in casual play — here’s a hole-out after a drive from that box.

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Cape Haven — Hole #17: Par 3

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Here’s a nice little ace from the left-center box.  Here’s another ace from the left box.

This one got a great deflection from the right-center box.

And check out this amazing putt that got a hop off the hill and trickled all the way down and in!

VIDEO DEMO



Cape Haven — Hole #18: Par 4

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Here’s a nice 4-wood with backspin from the far right box.  In contrast, here’s a great 7-wood from there as well.

This 5-wood rolled in nicely from the center box.

Here’s an amazing 3-wood dunk from the left box!

Check out this ferocious 3-wood dunk from the back box!

VIDEO DEMO