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Hawthorne Manor — Golden Tee 2016

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Here is the official preview of the new 2016 Newbury, England 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!

GT Par on this course is either -28 or -29 (depending on if #5 is drivable).

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2016 Golden Tee course Hawthorne Manor! 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 will also be discussed.



Hawthorne Manor — Hole #1: Par 4

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #2: Par 3

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Here’s a 9-wood ace from the back box.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #3: Par 4

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From the middle box you shouldn’t have any issues clearing the walls…this medium-teed 3-wood had plenty of loft to spin into a back pin.  And this high-teed 5-wood went right at it to find a back pin.

However, there is the option to curve around the left side of the first wall if a medium tee and backspin suits you — check out this great 4-wood ace!

From the back box, a well-hit high-teed 3-wood can clear the wall, but you may have to play it out right to start with.  This one caught a friendly bounce off the top of the wall by the green and found the cup!  Towards the front of the box with a tailwind, this 4-wood cleared straight at it and backspun into the hole.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #4: Par 5

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The most common, and usually best, spot to be off the tee is over the water and over the sand trap on the right, landing in the rough just to the right of the middle sand trap.  You can always reach the green easily from here.  After a long drive, here’s a hole-out from there.

If you can’t reach that spot, or if the pin placement and wind don’t make that an attractive approach, another good option is to play a straight drive or a C3 drive way out to the rough on the left.  Again, you can always reach the green easily from here, but you’ll have to carry the flower bed on the way in.

The standard route is to lay up in the first fairway and bring it around or over.  Here’s a 4-wood straight into a front pin.  With an offset look, a 4-wood still goes over the trees straight at the green.  Another option is to curve a 3-wood around right-to-left.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #5: Par 4

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This hole is often drivable from the middle box, either straight at it (high-teed driver hit hard will clear the trees) or with a big A1 shot.  Here’s a high-teed A1 drive blasted into a back pin!

With a back pin, just lay up in the fairway for your approach.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #6: Par 4

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You have options left or right depending on your setup and wind here, so you’ll likely get a lot of practice either way.

From the back box, here’s a 4-wood with backspin around the left side.  And here’s a well-placed driver with backspin around the right side.

From the front box, here’s a creative driver off the wall to find the green!

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #7: Par 5

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Just put your drive out straight ahead to the front edge of the sandy area that juts out right from the fairway…this is the opening that allows a pretty easy approach into the green.  Here is an example 4-wood hole-out.

If you don’t hit far enough off the tee, you may have to cut a driver around into the green, like this great hole-out!

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #8: Par 3

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Obviously you can’t be long, so aim to settle in the front/middle part of the green for your putt.  Use a tee to help control your distance.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #9: Par 4

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From the right box, you’ll need to curve it around into the green, hoping either to carry with loft or keep it low and skip up onto the green…check out this low-lofted skip that finds the hole!  And this driver carried to the green and found the cup.  This 3-wood was a tad short but caught a nice bounce forward into the cup!  Finally, this low-teed driver played off the back wall and bounced back into the hole!

With a wind blowing left and a left pin, you may be able to slide right and cut a wood around the right side of the tree instead…check out this high-teed 5-wood ace!

From the left box, this high-loft driver was perfect to a left pin.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #10: Par 5

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This hole is easy from the front box — just blast your drive left or right over the wall into the rough…whichever gives you the best angle of approach to the green.  Just don’t be long on your approach, because if you trickle over, it’ll cost you an additional stroke to get back on.

From the back box with a side or tailwind, you can still blast a high tee over the wall as long as you are a decent hitter.

It gets tricky from the back box with a headwind, where you likely cannot clear the wall.  Instead, play straight ahead in the fairway towards the far end of the fairway before the wall.  Believe it or not, you can hit a driver from here over the gate and carry the green, or worst case, the concrete before the green.  This is your best approach to try to land an eagle with the toughest setup.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #11: Par 3

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Short par 3s often leave you in between clubs, so use a tee and move around with a high/low tee to find your best approach.  There’s always something you can put close…just err towards the center of the green to avoid water and a bogey.

Here’s a GW hole-out to a right-center pin.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #12: Par 4

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Just lay up towards the end of the first fairway for your approach…here’s a nice 5-wood dunk!

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #13: Par 5

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You’re hoping for the middle box here where you can easily blast into the second fairway for a straight approach.

This hole is challenging from the back box when you cannot carry the second fairway.  One option is to settle a drive to the lower left part of the first fairway.  You could have a fairly straight or slightly-curving shot into the green from here.  A 3-wood has enough elevation; a driver might not always clear the hill if you try to curve it over, so muscle up if you can.

Finally, some players are curving their tee shots around right in the rough down by the water.  This works best with a left-blowing wind, where you may have a fairly straight shot into the green with the wind helping blow it over.  This is a challenging tee shot, though, and you won’t always end up with a way to land the green, since you cannot curve the ball out of the rough.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #14: Par 3

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #15: Par 4

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It’s usually not more than a small curve into this green from wherever you are…use a tee to give yourself an easier time.

From the left box, you may only need minimal cut to get around/over the tree to the green…this 3-wood coasts into a back cup.  And this 5-wood cuts around into a back-right pin.

From the front box, you’ll play through the gap on the right instead…this 6-wood cut into the wind nicely with bite for an ace.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #16: Par 5

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Know your clubs off the tee here — do what you can to get in the left or right fairway (usually left) the appropriate distance to give yourself loft over the wall into the green.  A driver won’t clear on the approach, so if you’re too far back, you’d have to cut a driver through the gap and hope to hold the green.  A firmly-hit 3-wood straight at the pin will clear the wall (but a poor or curved hit may not), and of course so will any higher lofted club if your drive is longer.

With a front tee box, play fairly straight over the wall with a high-teed wood to the left fairway…you’ll be good for your approach.

With a back box and a decent wind, a high-teed 4-wood is plenty elevation to get over the left wall.  But with a tough wind, consider rotating right once and playing a high-teed driver or 3W around and through the gap in the walls to the left fairway.  Focus on sticking the fairway, because if you miss, you can’t reach in two.

With a long drive, this 7-wood cut nicely into a left pin.  This approach shot was likely in-between clubs, so a small cut with a 3-wood was a smart move to find the gap into a back pin.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #17: Par 3

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You’ll get some nasty looks here with some very challenging pin placements on an unfairly-shaped green surrounded by concrete and water…not a good recipe for birdie.  Even if you do play safe towards the middle, your putt might not have a line to the hole…this is a great hole to test your distance control and shot-shaping skills.

From the back box, this 5-iron backspins into a right pin.  This 2-iron is also a nice play to a right pin.

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Hawthorne Manor — Hole #18: Par 4

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The center box is usually the most challenging here since you have to be so precise to miss the tower and stick the green.  The wind and pin placement should determine which side you shoot around.  It’s ideal to play around the opposite side of the pin so you can backspin towards it upon landing the green.

However, a hard-blowing wind to one side or the other should entice you to play with that wind instead of trying to cut into it with so narrow room for error.  You’ll have a longer putt upon sticking the green, but it’s still an eagle putt!

From the center box with a tailwind, this 5-wood was lucky to bounce into a back cup.  This 4-wood was a nice play around the left side to a right pin. This 4-wood goes around the right to a left pin.  Here’s a bigger cut around the right for an ace.  And here’s an incredible 5-wood shot into a front pin!  This 3-wood with bite went around the right side and found a center pin.

From the left and right boxes, this hole is much more manageable.  From the left box, this 5-wood finds a back pin.

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Volcano Palms — Golden Tee 2016

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Here is the official preview of the new 2016 Waikui, Hawaii 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!

GT Par on this course is either -28 or -29 (sometimes #16 is drivable from the front box).

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2016 Golden Tee course Volcano Palms! 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 will also be discussed.



Volcano Palms — Hole #1: Par 4

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Volcano Palms — Hole #2: Par 4

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This is a tricky eagle hole early in the round that will test your skills — you need distance, curve and loft control to carry the sand and stick the green for an eagle putt.

From the front-right box, this 3-wood curved around to a right pin.  And this 5-wood played a bigger cut and trickled into the cup.

From the middle-right box, this 3-wood curved around to a right pin.

From the back box, this 3-wood cut around to a back pin.  And this high-teed 5-wood went straight over the top for the dunk!

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Volcano Palms — Hole #3: Par 3

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Volcano Palms — Hole #4: Par 5

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From the middle or front box, you can clear the sand ahead to make the fat part of the second fairway for a straight approach.

From the back box, a good layup spot is short and left to give you a line into the green…check out this example 3-wood hole-out.  Here’s another with the driver.

You can also play ahead in the fairway and curve something like a 7-wood around the trees into the green for your approach.

Finally, you can high-tee a driver aiming for the beachy sand short of the hill to the right.  By landing here, you can have a straight approach into the green, especially with a 7-wood.  The risk here is that short is water, and if you’re a bit too long, you’re nestled up against the hill and won’t be able to get there.

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Volcano Palms — Hole #5: Par 4

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This is usually a tough front-9 eagle where you have to curve a shot around trees and stick the green…not only is there water on the left and back, but the deep bunkers all around will also suck up errant tee shots.  It’s always safest to go around the right side so you stay over dry land…you don’t want to flirt too much with that water.

From the back box, this high-teed 5-wood floats over to a left pin.

From the middle box, this high-teed 4-wood finds a back pin.

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Volcano Palms — Hole #6: Par 3

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Volcano Palms — Hole #7: Par 5

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From the left box, the enticing approach is the fairway peninsula straight ahead between the lava.  However, distance control with backspin is a must…the downward slope will project many a shot forward into the burn.

From the right box, the fairway shortcut area seems like a nice spot, but you’ll still have an awfully difficult approach even if you land it, since you’ll still shooting through/around trees to the green.  This is not usually a good option.

The best situation from the right box is still the shortcut area in the middle of the lava, but those pesky trees make it tough to hit.  One option is a low-teed driver with backspin.  There is a gap on the way there with tree leaves left-center, upper-right, and lower-right.  It has the right trajectory to get between the leaves on the right side of this gap, so as long as you avoid the left-center leaves, you should be okay.

Another option from here is a high-teed 5-wood, which will go over the trees…obviously it’s tougher to stick the downward-sloping landing area, but this can work too.

If you’re a big hitter and have a great wind towards the hole, you can turn right and play a huge C3-drive to the main fairway, hugging the left side, to get you close enough to get there in two.  Here’s a driver hole-out.

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Volcano Palms — Hole #8: Par 4

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This is a very difficult eagle — you’ll have an offset awkward look, sometimes around the trees, into a horribly-shaped green…always go for it, because you can salvage birdie if you miss…just don’t go long in the water!  It’s usually anywhere between a 3-wood with backspin to a 5-wood, and a high tee is an option with a head wind.

From the back-left box, here’s a one-hop 3-wood to a front pin.

From the back-right box, this 5W finds a center pin.

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Volcano Palms — Hole #9: Par 3

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From the middle box, here’s a 7-wood ace.

From the back-right box, here’s a 6-wood dunk.

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Volcano Palms — Hole #10: Par 5

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It’s usually best to hit as far out as you can, favoring the left side since the fairway slopes right.  Elevation shouldn’t be an issue with your club on the approach unless you are too far right and have to deal with something like a 4-iron.

Shots seem to carry long into the green here, so you’ll learn to ease up on your approach…avoid any spin with a headwind.

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