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Highland Links — Golden Tee 2014

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Here is the official preview of the new 2014 Scotland course, and this article breaks down the course even further.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2014 Golden Tee course Highland Links! 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!

At first this course looks like Bonnie Moor, suggesting low-score potential, but the rough is absolutely brutal here.  Do all you can to stay away from it, as it severely limits your distance on approach shots and ruins your touch on short chip shots.  If you can do that, you can certainly score low here.

Most pros use the Hawks on this course to allow control with the lower-lofted hybrids on longer approach shots.  There isn’t much need for any high-lofted woods, but they can help you out on a couple shots, so some pros play the Flares here insteaed.  I’d still recommend the Hawks.  Many pros like the Streak balls for their distance, but I like the Razors this year to give you backspin and roll as well as distance and a soft landing on the green.



Highland Links — Hole #1: Par 4

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From the middle box, here’s a huge C3 driver that carried onto the green!

Here’s a giant A1 that hopped the last bunker and also made it on!

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Highland Links — Hole #2: Par 4

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From the middle box, this hole can be drivable — this high-teed driver came up just a few feet short of the cup!  But this high-teed driver did find a right pin with distance to spare!  Here’s another with the Hawks.

Otherwise, just lay up in the fairway and avoid the sand and rough — here’s an example hole-out.

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Highland Links — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s an example ace to a back pin.

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Highland Links — Hole #4: Par 5

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On this short par 5, you don’t even have to worry about driving past the sand trap in the fairway.  If you lay up short, you’ll have plenty of distance and elevation to carry over on the approach — here’s an example 4-wood hole-out.  Here’s another 3-wood with bite that sucked right into the hole.

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Highland Links — Hole #5: Par 4

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If you’re feeling aggressive, this hole can be drivable, but you could also end up in a nasty spot in the pot bunker by the green.  From the back-right box, here’s one that hopped the one in front and rammed into the cup!  Here’s another one that rammed in — amazing!  It’s typically an A1 high-teed driver with roll, but not all the way out to 1…you’ll have the distance in the right setup, it’s just getting the right angle coming in!  This one was overcut a bit, but check out the deflection off the bunker wall!!

With an out wind, this straight high-teed driver carried the bunker right at it!

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Highland Links — Hole #6: Par 4

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Here’s a 3-wood ace from the right box.

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Highland Links — Hole #7: Par 3

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Here’s an ace from the front-right box.

Here’s a nice bounce off the hill with a 6-iron from the middle box.

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Highland Links — Hole #8: Par 5

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This short par 5 only asks that you stay out of the sand for a chance at eagle.  In some cases you can blast a drive past all the sand for a short approach — here’s a short DE hole-out.

There’s some open fairway in the second-left fairway in the middle of all the sand.  From there, here’s a 5-wood with some friendly roll that found the hole.

There’s a little less fairway to stick out to the right, but that’s an option too — here’s a hole-out from there.

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Highland Links — Hole #9: Par 4

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You’ll usually want to fly over the rock mountain in the middle of the fairway, but you’ll have to make sure you have enough loft.  From the back box, this medium-teed 3-wood played a small cut left-to-right to ensure it cleared, and then it found the cup.  This medium-teed 3-wood cut over the left peak and backspun into the cup.  Here’s a great high-teed 3-wood cut to a back-right pin!

This driver did NOT have enough loft, but it deflected off the rock mountain and somehow into the hole!  Here’s another entertaining driver shot that barely cleared through the center!

Here’s a ridiculous driver around the left side with no tee — just a sick ace.

And here’s another one around the RIGHT side with no tee…another sick ace!

From the middle box, this high-teed 5-wood found a front-left pin.

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Highland Links — Hole #10: Par 4

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With a great wind here, you can get close to the green if not on it — check out how this tee shot from the BACK box carried 426 yards into the hole!  But this one was even longer — 430 yards straight at it, to top the longest hole-out record books!  From the front box, this big C3 driver lipped out of the cup!  But here’s one from the front that found the hole!

An A1 also works if it favors the wind — check out this 424-yard ace!  But here’s the king of them all — a 448-yard ace from back box to back of the green…just amazing!

If you end up a bit short, you may be able to putt still — this putt hopped the rough and found the cup!  And here’s another.

Otherwise, there’s not much reason to risk sand and rough by the second fairway, so just lay up at the end of the first fairway here for your approach — here’s an example hole-out.

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Highland Links — Hole #11: Par 3

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From the far right box, here’s an ace to a back pin.

Here’s a nice ace from the middle box.

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Highland Links — Hole #12: Par 4

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Here’s a 5-wood ace from the front-left box.  And this 3-hybrid also got some crazy bounce and spin to find the hole.

From the back-left box, this 3-wood found a center pin.  And this 3-wood got an amazing bounce back out of the bunker to find the cup!

From the front-right box, check out this amazing double-deflection out of the bunker here that was almost an insane ace!

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Highland Links — Hole #13: Par 5

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Muscle up however you can to carry the second fairway so that you can reach this green in two — sometimes it’s a high-teed driver straight ahead, and other times you’ll rotate right and play a C3 driver to get out there, trying to avoid the sand and rough.  Here’s an example hole-out.

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Highland Links — Hole #14: Par 4

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With a big wind here, you may be able to shatter your long drive record by playing a high-teed C3 shot — this one almost made the green!  This one did carry the green and almost found the hole — huge!

And while the Turbo A1 is still in existence, here’s a 500-yard drive that hops onto the green by the cup!

Nothing wrong with laying back in the first fairway — here’s an example hole-out.

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Highland Links — Hole #15: Par 4

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You can play to either fairway here depending on the wind and what gives you the best approach shot.

The left fairway is the safest since you can blast away with no sand trouble.  Here’s a 9-wood dunk!  This shot caught the front rough but shot forward into the cup!

From the right fairway, this approach found a front-right pin.

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Highland Links — Hole #16: Par 3

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This hole can be brutal with a headwind or a tough pin placement.  Rock is long, meaning you’ll bounce back short.

From the center box, this 6-iron played a small cut into a headwind and sucked back into a front pin.  This 8-iron floated over to a left pin.  And this 9-iron banked off the back wall into a back pin.  Here’s another 9-iron that bounced off the wall twice and trickled back into a front pin.

Here’s an ace from the front-right box.  Here’s another to a right pin.  And check out this amazing 4-hybrid to counteract a headwind, wow.

Coming in sideways seems to help counteract the nasty up-12 slope — here’s another example curving into a right pin.

Here’s a nice shot from the back-right box that used a little bank off the back.  This one is amazing — off the top of the back rock, right into the cup!

This tee shot fell off down to the right, but check out the incredible save!

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Highland Links — Hole #17: Par 5

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In some cases you can blast a huge drive all the way past the sand to leave a short approach shot — here’s a great DE hole-out with roll through the rough.

This drive settled in the fairway just past the water and found the cup from there.

This drive laid up back in the neck before water, and here’s a hole-out from there.

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Highland Links — Hole #18: Par 4

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Here’s a 3-wood that settled into a back pin.  And this 5-wood used the hill nicely to bounce into a front pin.

This 3-wood played a left-to-right curve to settle into a back pin!

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