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Elkhorn Ridge — Golden Tee 2016

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Here is the official preview of the new 2016 Mt. Robson, Canada 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 #1 is drivable).

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2016 Golden Tee course Elkhorn Ridge! 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.



Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #1: Par 4

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Even from the back box, this hole can be driven with a big A1 drive and a nice wind…check out this ace to start the round!  Sometimes it’s best to play the hill to the right, and other times you’ll want to try to carry the green on the fly by rotating left another click.

This is the most popular hole to try the Turbo A1 Drive in an attempt to steal an early stroke from your friends.  With that, here’s a 459-yard ace to start the round, the longest known YouTube ace!

Even if you can’t get there, it can be nice to be down by the sand for an eagle chip onto this flat green.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #2: Par 4

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Not usually that challenging, but you can’t flirt too much with the water…an offset look will make you have to work a little bit for your eagle putt.  From the back box, here’s a nice driver with a slight cut into a right pin.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s a 7-iron dunk from the front box.

From the right box, this 7-wood had just enough to bounce into a front pin.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #4: Par 5

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With a good setup, or almost always from the front box, you can blast it long and straight to have a straight shot into the green from the main fairway.

Another alternative, especially from the back box, is turn left and loft a shorter shot (high-teed 4W works well) over the mountain onto the shortcut fairway patch for a long, but straight, approach — here’s an example driver hole-out from there.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #5: Par 4

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The offset look and the elevation change provide the challenge here, so make sure you err to the center of the green to give yourself an eagle putt.  Remember that backspin, when shooting downhill, causes more spin than on flat elevation, so be careful when applying it…especially with a headwind.

From the front box, this 5-wood floated down and backspun into a front pin.

From the back box, here’s another 5-wood backspin floater.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #6: Par 3

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Only real danger here is the water on the right side, so don’t get too aggressive when the pin is to the right!  A bogey is not what you want on your card this early.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #7: Par 5

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While you can sometimes get there from the main left fairway, it requires a precise drive long and hugging the right side to allow a long drive into the green.

Most of the time, you’ll need to work your drive around the trees to the shortcut area towards the green.  Don’t be short in the first half because it slopes backwards into the water!  Make sure to take your shot way out left or right, because the tree will gobble it up if you don’t.  Whether you go around right or left depends fully on the wind and your tee box…do what feels most comfortable.  The final caution is the snow…if you get stuck there, your eagle hopes are gone.

From the front edge, this 3-wood finds a back pin.  And from the center, here’s a driver to a front pin.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #8: Par 4

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From the back-middle box, this high-teed 7-wood cut around and over for the ace.  This high-teed 6-iron didn’t have enough to clear cleanly but still bounced forward, down and into the cup!  And this medium-teed 9-wood also didn’t clear cleanly but got the perfect bounces into the hole.

From the left box, it’s nice to have a 9-wood in the bag that you can tee high and take straight over the top especially with a headwind.  However, this high-teed 7-iron cleared the top and found the hole!  This high-teed 8-iron also cleared and had enough distance to reach the cup.  This high-teed 6-iron didn’t have enough to clear cleanly but got some nice bounces down into the cup!

Otherwise, you can cut a shot around the mountain with backspin to hold the green.  It’s uphill, so you’ll usually need to either club up or high-tee to carry the green.

From the right box, you’ll have the easiest time with your approach…this 7-wood went straight at a right pin for the ace.  However, with a left pin, you still may want to cut around your approach…check out this great 8-wood cut into a left pin!

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #9: Par 3

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #10: Par 5

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Many times you can blast out to the fatter part of the second fairway for a straight-in shot in two…this is the best place to be if you can carry your drive over the water.

With a tough setup, you can also lay up back in the left part of the first fairway and still have a pretty straight shot into the green around the mountain.

If you don’t get your drive out far enough left, you’ll have to curve a shot around the mountain into the green — this 3-wood got it done!

If you like the setup towards the left island fairway, or if you can’t clear the water to the left part of the fairway, it offers a fine approach as well — here’s a nice 4-wood hole-out from there.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #11: Par 4

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From the front-left box, here’s a video of a driver with roll that found a ramp to jump up onto the green!  This is rare, but as long as you aren’t concerned about the loft of your approach, you may as well give it a try!

Even though your approach is uphill, loft isn’t usually a problem…the only issue can be finding yourself in between clubs.  So think ahead a little bit about where you think you want to be, but the fairway anywhere should be fine.

You can even lay back at the top of the first fairway if you’d rather bring in a wood without having to shoot uphill.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #12: Par 3

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #13: Par 5

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Most common layup spot is the elevated landing area in the center…this can be had with a high tee with a headwind or normal tee with backspin given a tailwind.  You’ll have a wood into the hole from there… here’s a driver hole-out.

Another less popular layup spot is to the right of this one and farther away.  You can’t get there from every box, and it may be tougher to stick, but it’s an option that won’t result in water if you miss.

It’s possible, especially with the wind blowing towards the hole, to drop your drive straight ahead in the main fairway and play a big C3 shot into the green as well.

Using the Turbo A1, here’s a huge drive out to the right fairway for an easy approach!

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #14: Par 4

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Pin placement, like in the back right, can make this approach tough.  Put your drive in a spot where you can stick a small landing area if needed; otherwise, most anywhere is fine.

After laying back with the drive, this 5-wood hopped nicely into a back-right cup.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #15: Par 4

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In general, it’s best to play as much loft as you can to clear trees and snow on your way into the green.  From the back-right box, you’ll need at least the loft of a 3-wood, and usually more, to curve around the left into this green.  You can also curve around right if that provides a better look.

From the middle box, here’s a high-teed 5-wood over the top of everything into a right pin!  And this high-teed 4-wood cut into the wind over the top for the dunk.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #16: Par 5

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With all conditions, you should be able to blast down the main fairway far enough to have an approach shot into this green in two.

It shouldn’t be necessary, but if you are so inclined, there is a shortcut spot straight ahead at the hole.  This spot is a more popular option with a straight head/tail wind to give you an easier approach than what you might have from the fairway.  It’s at least a 7-wood in terms of loft to get there.  Here’s a nice 7-wood dunk from there!

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #17: Par 3

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This really tough par 3 may force you to get creative with tees and shot-shaping to give yourself a decent birdie putt.  The wind seems to affect your shot more than usual.  From the back box, this 7-wood gets a ridiculous deflection to find the cup.

From the middle-left box, this low-teed 6-wood curves nicely into a back pin.  This 5-iron was a great shot into a left pin.

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Elkhorn Ridge — Hole #18: Par 4

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From the back-right box, you could have a fairly straight shot or some curve depending on the pin placement and wind, and the elevation change makes it challenging.  Of course, long is okay and can give you a comeback chip with a chance for eagle.  This high-teed driver settled into a right pin.  Here’s another one with a straight opening finding a back-left pin.

From the back-left box, it’s tough to control your accuracy due to the distance and wind, so try to err long if you’re not sure.  This high-teed driver cut hard around to find a back pin, but the -33 was the most impressive part of the shot!

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