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Desert Valley — Golden Tee 2015

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Here is a description of this new course for Golden Tee 2015:
“Vegas, baby. With Sin City cathedrals looming in the distance—serving as an unfamiliar trackball backdrop—it’s time to test your luck (and skill) in Las Vegas. The fairways are lush and full of life, although the desert elements are evident early and often, reminding you of the terrain when you stray off course. The big gamble on Desert Valley Resort will come on the par-3s. Do you put all your chips to the center of the table or play it safe?”

Here is the official preview of the new 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada 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 Desert Valley! 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.  However, some players prefer the Howitzers as an alternate club set because of the value of the high-loft driver on some shots, and the Streaks are seen as an alternate ball option.

Here are some additional screenshots.



Desert Valley — Hole #1: Par 4

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A little curve around to the right and some fun-looking dice traps start off your round.  This hole is actually drivable in some setups — check out this huge high-teed A1 driver that found its way through the trees and into the hole!  Here’s another incredible ace to start off the round.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #2: Par 4

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A drivable par 4 where you just need the right touch to stick the elevated green…but don’t miss!  The offset will challenge your accuracy off the tee.  Here’s a nice 3-wood ace.  And from the back-left of the box, here’s a driver ace.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #3: Par 3

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Elevated sand on the left, and suited traps on the right.  Here’s an ace to a front pin.

VIDEO DEMO

 



Desert Valley — Hole #4: Par 5

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From the back box, the play is to lay up at the short-right corner of the fairway.  Ideally, you have enough distance to hit a 3-wood over the trees for an eagle putt.  Here’s another dunk to a right pin.  Or, if you have the Howitzer driver, it can help elevate over the top as well…check out this dunk!

Other times, you’ll have to cut a driver around the left of the trees.  This driver cut too early but missed all the trees and ended up in the hole!  This driver went around the trees and backspun into the cup.  And using the water skip assist, here’s another taking a more extreme angle.

From the front box, you can also blast a drive way down the right side of the fairway to give you a straight driver into the green.  You may still have to play a small cut around the trees anyway — check out this great driver to a back-right pin.  If you are too far away, you can play an A1 cut shot to add distance and perhaps hope to skip the water if needed.

Finally, check out the lucky charms in the desert out to the right!
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Desert Valley — Hole #5: Par 4

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A drivable par 4 whose complexity depends on the tee box — you’ll either get to hit over the trees or have to curve slightly around them to the green.

From the left box with a left pin, this 5-wood took straight aim and got a nice little kick off the sand hill into the hole.  This 3-wood didn’t quite have enough curve around the right side but caught a great bounce off the sandy hill to spin back in the hole!  And this 3-wood played a more extreme right-to-left cut into a left pin.

This high-teed 5-wood played a little left-to-right cut into a right pin.  And this low-teed driver avoided the trees around the left to find a back pin!

From the right box, this driver cut into the green and deflected nicely into the cup.  This driver took a more direct route under those trees and backspun into a center pin.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #6: Par 3

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Oh, the options here.  You may be in between wedges, so high or low-teeing one of them is an option.  Here’s a Gap Wedge dunk to a left pin.  Here’s an easy sand wedge backspun into a center pin.

The pros prefer to play a low-lofted chip for a better chance of an ace here.  Check out this 6-wood chip to a center pin.  Here’s an iron chip to a right-center pin.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #7: Par 5

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Just hit your drive down the left side of the fairway about level with the start of the rocky hill on the left to leave yourself a driver or 3-wood straight shot into the green.  Check out this driver dunk!  And here’s a 3-wood dunk to a left pin.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #8: Par 4

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Again, some small curve required from the back box and an ability to stick this elevated island green to avoid getting wet!  It’s usually anywhere from a 3-wood (with a headwind) to a 5-wood (with a tailwind).

This 4-wood took aim at the left side of the green and played a small cut around the left to find the hole.  Here’s another example with the 3-wood.

There is a path around the right side that can be considered if it looks more welcoming — here’s a high-teed 5-wood with a small cut that finds the cup!

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #9: Par 4

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Potentially drivable par 4 given a great helping wind and a high-teed A1 drive (Grabbers) from the right tee box…just watch out for the water on the right, and don’t clip any trees on your way!  Here’s another one with the Streaks, which carry a bit farther.  Finally, here’s a shot that did find the hole for the ace!!

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #10: Par 5

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Interesting setup where you’ll have to stick one of the three landing pods to give you a shot at the green in 2.  The farthest back pod gives you the best approach shot, where you can play a small curve around the hill for your approach — here’s a nice driver hole-out.    With a left pin, you could even have a straight shot at it — here’s another driver that settled into a back pin.

From the middle pod, you’ll have a couple options — there’s an opening to shoot through the trees, or you can still curve around the left side like this 3-wood did to a left pin.

From the front, there is an opening over the hill around either side of the trees — here’s a 3-wood around the left side that finds the hole.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #11: Par 4

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Just put it out at the end of the fairway to bring in your approach — nothing fancy here.  Anywhere in the middle of the end of the fairway should allow you up to a 3-wood approach with no loft issues — here’s an example 3-wood hole-out.

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #12: Par 3

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Here’s a 2-iron ace to a back pin.

This 5-wood settled into a front pin, which is near the most dangerous location — you’ll sometimes see the pin at the very bottom stem of the club, but this awesome 6-wood handled it! VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #13: Par 5

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Some setups allow you to blast over the neck to the second fairway; take advantage of this when given!

Otherwise, you may have to get partially out in the neck of fairway to have a chance to get there in two (at least with a 3-w0od, which you’ll definitely prefer over a driver approach).  A ridiculously-shaped green awaits with water to catch an errant approach.  You may need some good backspin here to hold if you need to bring a driver in, and you may have to leave yourself a long putt or short chip just to avoid getting wet trying to attack a tough pin placement.

This drive did hang on the fringe in the neck to allow a 3-wood approach for the dunk!  Here’s another 3-wood from the neck that spun back into a tough left pin.

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Desert Valley — Hole #14: Par 4

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The back box offers several options.  Often times a 3W or 5W can line up with the green while you play a B1-type shot out left through the tree gap and over the hill.  Here’s a high-teed 4W with a nice line to the hole.  And here’s an ace with the high-loft (Howitzer) driver using a high tee.

A high-teed 3W can also get over the hill straight ahead if you find the gap in the trees — check out this amazing dunk!  Here’s another through a tree gap that finds the hole.

You can also play around the right side — this driver was screaming hot but the hole sucked it in!  This one had much more control to a left pin.  And this driver was an incredible play, backspinning off the sand to the green and the cup!

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Desert Valley — Hole #15: Par 3

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From the front box, here’s a 6-wood dunk to a right pin!

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Desert Valley — Hole #16: Par 5

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Using a high tee if needed, get your drive to the part of the fairway that juts out right.  This creates an angle to have a straight shot into the green.  If you come up short and left, you’ll have a difficult curved driver shot around the hill, so long and right off the tee gives you the best chance.  Some setups make it very difficult to reach this area, so consider an A1-type shot with roll off the tee to get it out right without having to hit over water.

Here’s a straight 3-wood hole-out to a front-center pin.  Here’s a driver with some nice curve into a left pin.

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Desert Valley — Hole #17: Par 4

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Some looks from the front/left side of the box offer you a straight shot at the green, because a 6-wood or high-teed 5-wood has enough loft to get over that first tree.  From the left-center of the box, this high-teed 5-wood took straight aim over the top to a right pin and found the hole!  And this high-teed 6-wood went right over even more trees.

Other times, you’ll have to play a slight curve and hope to settle on the island green for a putt.  This 5-wood found a back-left pin, and this low-teed 6W played a small curve and backspun into a front-right pin.

Finally, this 5-wood was much too long but got an incredible deflection up off the back wall to find the cup!

VIDEO DEMO



Desert Valley — Hole #18: Par 3

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If the pin is in the middle/back, it’s often a soft 9-iron with no spin — here’s an example ace.  With a strong head wind, this 9-iron played it perfectly to a right pin.  So did this 9-iron to a front pin.

Especially if the wind is in your face with a back-center pin placement, you may consider clubbing up and chipping a low-lofted shot into the green instead.  Here’s a great 3-wood chip that finds the hole!

VIDEO DEMO