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Pelican Grove — Golden Tee 2014

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

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

Players love the design of this course as it offers many different types of shots and a few rare eagle opportunities on some par 4s that don’t otherwise seem drivable.

Most pros use the Hawks on this course, because you will need the low-teed 2-hybrid on 3 or 4 holes.  The loft of that 300 driver also offers the option to sometimes drive holes 2 and 6.  The Buzzsaws can also be good to use the low-teed 1-iron for some shots.  There isn’t much need for any high-lofted woods, so I’d recommend either of these two sets for this course.  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.



Pelican Grove — Hole #1: Par 4

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This hole is probably never drivable, but there’s potential to get a shorter chip shot by cutting a big drive over to the left fairway past the sand to leave a straight-in chip.

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

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Pelican Grove — Hole #2: Par 4

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If you are playing the Hawks, you can actually cut a high-teed driver through this forest, hope to miss bark and catch leaves — if so, you’ll find the green!  Just rotate once left of alignment with the green and play a full A to 1.5 smooth high-teed driver…practice a few times to get it right.  It certainly helps if the wind is pushing towards the green as well.  The low-loft driver may instead catch too many leaves on this type of attempt.

Other options include a low-teed driver with roll or a 1-iron trying to cut through as well.  If you happen to have the set with the 0-hybrid, you can try that too…this high-teed 0-bird amazingly found the hole!

From the back left of the box, this high-teed driver found a front pin!

If you don’t want to mess with the trees, just poke it straight ahead — here’s a hole-out from the fairway.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #3: Par 4

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From the front-right box, this 4-wood was perfectly cut into a front-left pin.  And this 2-hybrid was a straight shot into a right pin.

From the back-left box, this shot is often a low-teed driver where you try to split the trees and keep it on the green.  Here’s a great one with bite that hopped up and found a right pin.  This medium-teed driver cut around and missed the trees on the right on its way to a back-left pin.  And this driver skirted the edge and caught a right pin!

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Pelican Grove — Hole #4: Par 3

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Here’s an ace to a left pin.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #5: Par 5

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Most of the time, the best drive is to lay out even with the second sand trap to the left of the fairway.  This gives you an opening in the trees for your approach — here’s a nice 3-wood curved around and in from there.  This 2-bird was also curved around nicely.  From farther out, this driver curved around nicely.  Finally, this 5-wood took a much bigger curve around and in the hole.

And this 1-iron took aim right at it and got under the trees on its way to the cup.

Another lay up spot is to the left of the fairway short of the sand — here’s a 5-wood over the top from there that found the hole.  If you have lofted clubs, the 7-wood also clears the trees.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #6: Par 4

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With the Hawks driver, you can sometimes cut a drive around these trees and get close to, if not on, this green!  The high-teed A1 drive should get over the top corner of the trees to allow a shot at this.  Here’s an ace with the Streaks.  Here’s another one that found the cup for an ace!  And here’s another ace, curving just to the left of that last tree.  Note — the Streaks, played by many pros here, have more elevation and may clear the trees where the Razors or other popular balls may not.

Another option is to take a chance just cutting right through the trees, which is possible with some luck — this drive found its way through the trees and a couple bunkers on its way to the green!

If you don’t want to mess with these trees either, poke it out straight ahead again — here’s a hole-out from the fairway.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #7: Par 4

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From the left box, you can punch a low-teed 1-iron or 2-hybrid under the leaves and through the gaps in the trees.  Here’s an example with the 1-iron that found the green.    This 2-bird took a couple hops right into the hole!  And this 2-bird also went under to a right pin.  A low-teed driver can also work — this one caught a friendly leaf at the end and settled in the cup.  Same with a 0-hybrid if you have that set — here’s a great shot underneath!

Or, if you have a 9-wood in the back and a decent wind, there’s an opportunity to cut over the top instead!  Finally, a more risky play — this iron played a hard cut but missed all the trees in finding the hole!

From the right box, you can also execute the low-teed shot through the trees, or you can try to carry a shot around the right side of the trees and cut it into the green instead.  Here’s a 4-wood around the side acing a tough right pin!  Or, you can move back in the box and play a high-teed 5-wood right over the top too!

If it doesn’t look like anything is there for you, then play out right to the fairway — here’s a hole-out from there.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #8: Par 3

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Here’s an example ace to a back pin followed by another one to a front pin.  The trees can come into play if you are reckless with your tee shot, so always play inside out to pins on the either side of the green — here’s a nice ace to a right pin.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #9: Par 5

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This short par 5 is drivable, perhaps a couple ways, in some cases!  Here’s a big C3 cutter around the right side that caught a late water skip and held the green.  Here’s another one.  This high-teed driver took a bigger angle and caught a boost from a branch to shoot it up on the green!  With a tailwind, you can also shoot a straight high-teed driver through the trees.  And here it is — the super albatross!

Most of the time, though, you’ll be curving around in the first fairway towards the water, because the approach can still be open — here’s a hole-out from there.   And this one found the rough but left an open approach.  This wasn’t left far enough but a great curve shot found the cup!

Another option off the tee is to rotate left a couple times and play a high-teed driver straight over the gap in the trees to the second fairway.  And in other cases, you can also aim straight ahead and play a C3 driver to skip the water and end up in the second fairway for an open approach shot for eagle.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #10: Par 4

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The safest option if you want to try to drive this green is to cut over the top — check out this high-teed 5-wood that hit the stick!  Here’s another one that found the hole.  The angle of cut may depend on the wind and distance required, as you can see from those 2 examples.

Another option, and perhaps the best approach especially with a poor wind, is to low-tee a driver and try to cut through the trees — check out how this one got it done!  It’s usually a full cut to A and then an easy out between 1 and 2.

If you’re not in the mood to risk hitting trees or dumping it in the water, just lay up ahead to the left of the sand for a fairly straight-in approach shot — here’s one worked into a front-right pin.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #11: Par 4

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There are some setups where you can drive this green, or at least the sand for a chip.  This big A1 driver hopped the sand and almost found the hole!  But this huge A1 drive got the hops it needed to bury in a back pin!

Otherwise, you can usually cut around the left side of the trees straight ahead, putting you at the end of the fairway with a nice easy shot into the green.  Here’s a hole-out from there.

If you play the right fairway instead, make sure you don’t hit it too far out where the trees would impede the approach.  This tee shot left the ball far enough back for a straight-in approach from over there.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #12: Par 3

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Here’s an ace from the back-center box.

From the front-right box, this 9-wood got under and found a right cup.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #13: Par 5

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Lay up along the left side of the fairway to give yourself the best approach at this green — here’s an example hole-out.  This 3-wood cut through the trees to fight the wind into a left pin!

Check out this driver dunk that missed the branches on the approach!

And then there’s this unbelievable shot off the tree by the green…incredible!

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Pelican Grove — Hole #14: Par 4

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From the front box, you may be able to carry a big C3 high-teed driver around and onto the green — this one came pretty close!  This one did carry through the sand and roll up onto the green for an eagle putt!

Just lay up along the left side of the fairway in the middle somewhere — here’s a 5-wood hole-out from there.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #15: Par 4

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From the left box, you can either punch a low-teed 1-iron or 2-hybrid through the tree gaps right at the green (more risky), or you can take the shot around the left side and curve it back into the green (less risky) — here’s a great 2-hybrid ace to a back pin.  With an out wind, this low-teed 2-hybrid actually skipped the water straight at it!

This 5-wood took a loftier approach to ace a front pin.  And this was a wonderfully-played 4-wood swerve around the trees as well.  Here’s one more example with the low-teed 3-wood.

If you slide right, you may be able to take a 5-wood up around the right side still, accounting for a knock-down as it reaches the last tree by the green — check out this ace!  Or if you have a 7-wood, you can high-tee one and hope to get it up and over as well, especially to a left pin!

I don’t know how this 5-wood got under/through the trees, but it also got a sweet kick off the flag and then back into the hole — crazy!

And this 2-iron attempted to go around the right side but ran into the trees…and then into the cup.  Amazing.

From the right box, this high 4-wood floated over the top and settled in the hole.  This 5-wood used the leaves to slow it down and suck back in the hole.  This high-teed 5-wood easily cleared the first set of trees in finding the cup.  This medium-teed 5-wood cut over the middle gap of those trees and settled in the hole.  This low-teed driver missed all the trees right at it and backspun in the cup!  And I don’t know how this shot missed everything, but it made for a great ace.

Going low around the right is also an option — check out this amazing low-teed driver spun around the right for an ace!

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Pelican Grove — Hole #16: Par 3

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This hole can get tricky with a headwind because of the up-10 green, and there’s a little stream in front that you need to avoid by over-backspinning anything.

Here’s a 5-wood ace from the back box.  Here’s a nice 9-wood with bite to a front pin.

Sometimes you need to play lower-lofted clubs into the green — just make sure you clear the stream and stick the green.  This 3-hybrid found the hole.  And this 2-hybrid dunked it!

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Pelican Grove — Hole #17: Par 5

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Always look out left, because if you can use a great wind/tee to blast a drive out that way, you could have an open approach shot into this green.  Here’s a hole-out from there.  Here’s another one with the 3-wood.  This one didn’t get out far enough but there was a gap in the trees for a 3-wood to shoot quite nicely!

Most of the time, though, you’ll want to lay up straight ahead towards the sand, trying to leave yourself with a 4-wood or 5-wood shot into the green.  Firmly-hit 5-woods can clear the trees on the approach if you are on the right side of the fairway.  This one was about an inch from hopping over but backed into the hole!  Check out this physics-defying bounce back off the back wood!

Or you can curve around the left of the trees into the green if the wind is blowing right and you are more on the left side of that fairway — here’s a 3-wood that hooked around the left to a back-center pin.  And this 4-wood played a giant curve but worked out perfectly!  Here’s a sick 1-iron skip off the water to a right pin…incredible.

If you do have high-lofted clubs, you can play a bit further down the fairway — here’s a 9-wood over the top.

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Pelican Grove — Hole #18: Par 4

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The low-teed 1-iron is money here, but the low-teed 2-hybrid with the Hawks should be able to get it done for you as well.  From the right-box, this 2-hybrid actually one-hopped over the water, onto the green, and into the hole — and it’s not bad to play it this way either.  Here’s another one with a small hop up.  This one used roll to take a hop over and run into a back pin!  This low-teed 2-hybrid got through the gap to the green and settled back in the cup.

Low-teed drivers can work here too if you can control the distance.  Check out this one with a little cut through the trees!  And this driver with roll is one of the most violent aces you will ever see!  Finally, check out this amazing bounce off the tree behind the green!!

The left tee box provides an opening to go pretty straight at the green — here’s a nice shot with a driver.  This driver was short but caught a great hop up onto the green and in the hole!

If you don’t have a low-lofted club to get under the trees, just lay out to the left for your approach — here’s a hole-out from there.

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