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Shady Acres — Golden Tee 2014

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

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

This should be the most difficult course in 2014 due to some tight lies and difficult shot-shaping requirements.

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, so I’d recommend the Hawks as well.  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.



Shady Acres — Hole #1: Par 4

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Lay up short of the sand and bring it in — here’s an example hole-out.

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Shady Acres — Hole #2: Par 4

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Most times the best drive is cut over to the right behind the sand, opening up the approach which is guarded on the left by trees.  You may very well still have to cut around the trees on this approach into the green — don’t let this happen!  However, lower-lofted clubs can cut through and maybe clip a leaf — this one found the cup.

With a right-pin, this approach was wide open for this authoritative dunk!

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Shady Acres — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s an example ace to a front pin.

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Shady Acres — Hole #4: Par 5

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Most of the time you’ll lay up in the fairway in front of the sand traps on the right…this leaves an opening approach for eagle.  Here’s a driver hole-out from there.  Here’s another one with the 3-wood.

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Shady Acres — Hole #5: Par 4

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Club down or hit softer here, because it carries quite a bit with the slight downhill elevation change.  Here’s a 3-wood ace.  This 3-wood got a little pin action with a front pin.  This driver was off the mark but got an amazing deflection out of the bunker into the hole!

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Shady Acres — Hole #6: Par 4

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Gauge the wind and play the fairway that makes the most sense.

Here’s a hole-out from the right fairway.

Here’s a 9-wood hole-out from the left fairway.

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Shady Acres — Hole #7: Par 5

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This is a really tough eagle that forces you to pull off a couple great shots to find the green.  Off the tee, very rarely you can find a setup from the back box with a big tailwind where you can play an A1 out to the left and cut out to the second fairway.  That shortcut shot that could net you a short approach — here’s a hole-out from that spot!

But normally, you can cut the corner with a C3-type shot, making sure still to find the fairway.  Try to be short as well so that you end up holding the left side of that fairway, giving you more room for your approach shot.  Where you lay up depends on your clubs.  It’s usually a driver approach from back by the sand, or if you have 2-hybrid or a low-iron, you can cut more off the corner to get closer to the green for your desired approach distance.

For the approach, you can take aim straight at the green and play a B1-type shot to swerve around the trees into this green — here’s a great hole-out with the 3-wood.

Or, you can rotate left once and play more of an A2-type shot to create more angle into the green — this also brings the trees more into play.  A driver stays low enough to get under them though — check out this awesome shot.  A well-played 2-hybrid works great too!

There are some small gaps in the trees guarding the green that may allow an overcut approach still to trickle down on the carpet.  Here’s another one with the 2-hybrid.

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Shady Acres — Hole #8: Par 3

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Here’s a 7-wood backspun into a front pin.

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Shady Acres — Hole #9: Par 4

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You usually loft a shot around the trees and hope to hold the green here.  This 3-wood had enough to catch the rough and a nice hop to a back pin.  This 4-wood was another nice play to a back-right pin.

A driver is another good option, where you land left and depend on backspin to bring it onto the green.  This driver landed in the sand and backspun out to find the cup!  A low-teed driver can also be an option to stick the green.  This one landed short and hopped up and in.

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Shady Acres — Hole #10: Par 4

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Most of the time, the left fairway is fine — just be careful with a right wind because it slopes towards the water.  From the end of that fairway, here’s an example hole-out.

The end of the right fairway gives you another option at an open approach — here’s a 5-wood hole-out from there.

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Shady Acres — Hole #11: Par 4

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Off the tee, play a small curve to the left in front of the water to give yourself a more open approach shot at the green.  Here’s a hole-out from there.

If you do play straight ahead, you’ll have to play a small curve into the green — here’s an example hole-out.

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Shady Acres — Hole #12: Par 5

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It’s tough to get a drive out far enough to have a decent approach here, making it a tough par 5 to eagle.  Here’s a 5-wood needing just a small curve for a hole-out.  This 2-hybrid played a bigger cut and backspun into the cup.  And this 3-wood holed out to a really tough pin location!

This drive got too close to the trees, but a driver rammed through them and luckily found the cup!

This drive was able to carry far down the fairway and left this open approach hole-out.

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Shady Acres — Hole #13: Par 3

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It’s nice when you can use a 5-wood to loft a shot onto this green — here’s an example ace to a left pin.

Here’s a 7-wood ace to a back-right pin.  And here’s another great 9-wood ace.

With lower-lofted clubs, this hole can be difficult.  It’s often between a 2-hybrid and 3-hybrid if you play Hawks, and there’s quite a gap difference there while needing to carry and stick this green.  This 3-hybrid with bite worked well with a tailwind.  This 2-hybrid with backspin also found the cup.

Don’t try this at home, but this appears to be a 1-iron swerved with a front-hill assist — amazing!  Here’s another one curved the other way hopped up to a back pin!

Check out this amazing deflection off the back bunker!

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Shady Acres — Hole #14: Par 4

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Play a cut shot around to the right with your driver here to open up the approach shot.  Here’s a hole-out from the right fairway.  Even if you end up in the middle of the sand, you’ll have an open approach shot — this one found the cup.

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Shady Acres — Hole #15: Par 4

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Here’s a 3-wood with bite to a right pin.  And here’s a driver ace.

This driver was sure to get wet, but it hung on and got a crazy hop into the hole!

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Shady Acres — Hole #16: Par 5

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A good option many times off the tee here is to rotate right and look for a little grassy outlet jutting from the right out into the water.  You can play a small cut into this area to give yourself an open approach shot with a wood.

Curving an A1 shot off the tee often still leaves you with a very difficult approach where you’ll have to curve a C3 iron into the green.  This one got it done to a right pin.

If you try to drive straight ahead, you may very well have this happen (right tree) or also here (left tree).  You can actually hit out of here sometimes as a playable lie for the time being and still potentially save your eagle!  Other times, though, it’s unplayable, so I don’t think this is something you want to plan for.

If you drop down somewhere in the area and have an opening, that gives you an approach at the green.  With the wind blowing left to help out, this approach found the cup.  This one from the rough also got it done.

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Shady Acres — Hole #17: Par 3

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Here’s a great ace to a back-left pin.  Here’s an 8-iron ace to a front-right pin.

This 9-iron got a crazy bounce into the hole off the front-right hill!

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Shady Acres — Hole #18: Par 4

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From the front box, this 9-wood was perfectly-played into a back-left pin.

From the back box, this 5-wood also found the hole.  And here’s a great 3-wood.  With a lot more angle, check out this impressive 5-wood dunk!  And this one is fun because it aced for a -41 in the all-drivable par-4 daily contest!

Finally, this 2-hybrid landed at the end of the fairway and skipped right over onto the green, amazingly settling into the bottom of the cup!

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