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Celtic Shores — Golden Tee 2015

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2015:
“If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sound of Irish music playing in the distance at one of the many pubs nearby. Doolin, Ireland, a place known for its food, drink and surf, also has quite the history when it comes to golf. Don’t let that fool you, however. Celtic Shores not your traditional links course. The pot bunkers are unique from any you’ve climbed in before, and the elevation will have you stopping to enjoy the views. Just wait until you see what it waiting for you on Hole 17.”

Here is the official preview of the new 2015 Doolin, Ireland course, and this article breaks down the course even further.

Here is a playlist with YouTube demo videos of all 18 holes from the beta version!

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2015 Golden Tee course Celtic Shores! 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 most popular club/ball combo on this course, as with all 2015 courses, is Vultures/Grabbers.

Here are some additional screenshots.

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #1: Par 4

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The leadoff hole on Celtic Shores is a dogleg right into a green surrounded by sand in the front and a dropoff cliff in the back.  However, take a look if it may be drivable, because it can be done — check out this huge C3 high-teed driver that finds the green!

Otherwise, take the hazards out of play here — just stick it in the fairway and bring in your approach.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #2: Par 5

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If you don’t mind using a tee, you can high-tee a driver straight ahead to the fairway for a shorter approach into the green.  Here’s a hole-out from there.

Another option is to play the right fairway, where you may need up to a driver for your approach into the green — here’s an example hole-out from there.  This drive cut the corner a bit more for a shorter 5-wood approach.

VIDEO DEMO



Celtic Shores — Hole #3: Par 4

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Float your drive around either side of the old building down into the green (most often around the left side for a better angle), but don’t be long!  Use a high tee if you need the extra distance.  Here’s a nice ace from the back-left of the box.

Here’s a fantastic high-teed driver around the right side into a back left pin!

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #4: Par 3

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Three different tee boxes here offer multiple looks.

Here’s a 4-wood ace from the back center box.  And here’s a 5-wood ace from the right box.

VIDEO DEMO



Celtic Shores — Hole #5: Par 5

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This undulating par 5 offers you a good chance at eagle early in the round.  If you can’t get over the sand to the top of the hill by hitting straight ahead, rotate left or right to play a high-teed A1 or C3 drive for extra distance to get up there.  Here’s an example hole-out.  And here’s another from a fairway spot to the right in front of an adjacent trap.

Another option is to use the layup spot to the left, short of the sand, to bring in a wood from there — here’s a double eagle from that spot.

Here’s another layup spot tough to stick, but it can reward you with a 3-wood approach given a tough setup off the tee.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #6: Par 4

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A medium-teed driver fits perfectly through the hole in the building straight ahead.

If a 3-wood is a better fit, you can also rotate right once and play it over the right side of that building — here’s an ace using that approach.  And so it makes sense that you can curve around the left as well, if that’s a better fit — here’s an ace around the left.

Also, with most setups, a high-teed driver can also get over the right side and curve into the green.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #7: Par 3

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cs7 From the front box, here’s an ace to a front pin.

Here’s a 5-wood dunk from the back box.

VIDEO DEMO



Celtic Shores — Hole #8: Par 5

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Laying up anywhere towards the very end of the fairway should give you a 3-wood approach to the green.  Here’s a hole-out from the right side to a right pin.  With this location, you may have to bounce your 3-wood off the top of the front-guarding hill.  Here’s another 3-wood from the same area to a left pin.

You can also play more to the center of the end of the fairway and usually be close enough to bring in a 3-wood as well…here’s a hole-out to a right pin.

VIDEO DEMO



Celtic Shores — Hole #9: Par 4

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This hole is rarely drivable with the front box and a nice wind — check out this drive that carried up through the sand onto the green!

Most of the time you can just lay up anywhere in the fairway — here’s an example hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Celtic Shores — Hole #10: Par 5

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This par 5 is long and has an elevated green that makes for a challenging eagle.  The fairway caves into a big sand trap right where your drive would normally end up, so you have to find a way to place your drive in a spot that gives you a chance to get there in two.

With a good set up, you can blast a drive (perhaps a high-teed C3) over the sand to the upper part of the fairway — here’s a hole-out from there.

Other times you won’t have the distance to get up there, so consider playing due right of the sand to the fairway there.  Sometimes an A1 driver with backspin is a good option to get there.  You still may need up to a driver to get there in two, and carry is key.  If you do need a driver, consider that you can bounce up and on, if needed!

It’s riskier, but you can also lay up just short of the sand where there is a level spot in the fairway; this spot offers a 3-wood approach as well.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #11: Par 3

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We will see some interesting pin placements on the unique shape of this par 3 green, requiring you to work the ball into the wind and slope in some situations.

Here’s a nice ace from the longer right box.  From the middle box, here’s a great cut into a right pin.  And here’s an ace from the left box to a back pin.  There’s also another tee box to the left and shorter from here, offering four looks at the green.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #12: Par 4

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This par 4 is always drivable but requires you to shoot over a hill guarding the green.  If you trickle down short, there’s sand…that’s okay, because being long is wet.  You can either take a 3-wood (high-teed can be good) over the top, or a driver around the left side to get there.

This driver missed left but caught a friendly bounce back to the green and into the cup!

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #13: Par 4

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Most of the time, the best play is out left to stay level with the green for a manageable approach shot.

You can also play straight ahead if you like your odds with the uphill approach — here’s a 5-wood hole-out.  This 3-wood didn’t have enough loft but got a nice skip and hop to find the hole!

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #14: Par 3

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You will be shooting at any of three different greens off the tee here!

To the farther back-left green, here’s a 3-wood ace.

To the middle rounder green, here’s a 5-wood ace.

You may also shoot to a closer front-right green.

VIDEO DEMO



Celtic Shores — Hole #15: Par 4

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This drivable par 4 should have you thinking right-center of the green to avoid all the danger elsewhere.  It’s usually a 3-wood, sometimes high-teed with a headwind — here’s an example ace.  Here’s a high-teed 5-wood that also finds the hole.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #16: Par 5

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Hole #16 offers a couple options that are decent, and one that is difficult.  First, if you can carry up on top of the hill straight ahead towards the green, you’ll have a shot there in two.  It was windy, but check out this dunk!  This can be a troublesome spot with a strong headwind, and it’s certainly challenging with a strong sidewind too.

Next, you can play long down the fairway past the tower to give you a line to the green in two.  Here’s a long holeout from there.  This one was closer to the right side of the fairway and offered a much closer look for double eagle.

The narrow fairway patch straight ahead is difficult to stick and should be a last resort for a shot at eagle.  Here’s a driver worked into a right pin from there.  And here’s a 3-wood into a back left pin.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #17: Par 3

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Hole #17 is a par 3 way downhill with a severe penalty for missing.  With a front-right pin, being short isn’t bad if you have backspin, because it will bounce down onto the green — here’s an example ace.  And check out the bounces this one got to find the hole!

Wind is always a factor with this downhill shot, and you’ll see some crazy angles into the hole — check out this ace out right and blown back to a front-left pin.  It’s hard not to at least put bite on your shot even when the wind is in your face, but check out the placement of this 5-wood with no spin.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Celtic Shores — Hole #18: Par 4

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You’ll finish your round on Celtic Shores by curving a drive around the mountain to the left into a green tucked behind it.  This 3-wood took straighter aim at the green and took it way out right to get over and around the mountain, backspinning into the cup.  This high-teed 4-wood cut the corner a bit but stayed high enough to come on down and dunk in the cup!  And this driver was a perfect play to a back-left pin.  Finally, check out this amazing and rare driver dunk!

You can also rotate right once and play more of a C2-type shot into the green — here’s a great 3-wood with backspin to a left pin.

This shot is very challenging with a strong wind blowing right.  Perhaps your best option with that setup is a low-teed driver with max cut.  If you use the Hawks, a 2-hybrid is an option as well.

If you want to preserve a good round with a tough setup, just lay out right to bring in your approach for birdie — here’s a hole-out from the fairway.

VIDEO DEMO