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Winding Pines — Golden Tee 2016

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Here is the official preview of the new 2016 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 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 can range from -28 to -30 on this course depending on if you count #15 as an eagle hole (I wouldn’t)…the other hole that’s sometimes drivable is #4.

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



Winding Pines — Hole #1: Par 4

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You can lay up straight ahead towards the sand or blast it farther left of the sand in the extended fairway — whatever gives you a better angle on the approach.

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Winding Pines — Hole #2: Par 4

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This is a tough eagle when the pin is tucked to the right.  You’ll often play something like a 3-4-wood around the left side with backspin to ensure you stay over land and hope to spin it back in for a putt.  If you have solid distance control, you can also float a wood around or over the right side into a pin here.

Back-center is a great pin location where you can float a wood right over the top.  From the back-right box, this high-teed 5-wood dunked to a center pin.

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Winding Pines — Hole #3: Par 3

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Winding Pines — Hole #4: Par 4

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This hole is sometimes drivable, especially from the front box, although it can be hard to stick.  It can be done with an A1, B2 or C3.  Here’s a nice drive straight at it that held the green for an eagle putt.

If you think you can at least reach the sand, that’s worth doing as well, assuming you have a lob wedge in the bag.  You’ll still have a chance at an eagle chip from there.

Most times from the back box, just lay up straight ahead — here’s a 7-iron dunk!

VIDEO DEMO



Winding Pines — Hole #5: Par 5

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With most setups you can blast a high-teed drive straight ahead over the building for a straight approach shot.

Sometimes it’s a tough look and you may consider laying up…if you land short-right of the building just over the sand, you’ll also have a mostly straight shot with a wood into the green.

Another good option with a tough look off the tee is to play a big A1 out to the far right edge of the fairway.  From here, you can curve a wood around the trees back into the green.

VIDEO DEMO



Winding Pines — Hole #6: Par 3

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Winding Pines — Hole #7: Par 4

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From the back-right box, this low-teed driver stayed under the trees and found the cup.  This 4-wood curved nicely through for another ace.

From the left box, this high-teed 6-wood was a nice play over the top to a right pin.  And this 5-wood went straight through for the dunk!

Another option from the left box with a left pin and a right wind is to play a wood around the left side of the trees and curve it back right into the green.

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Winding Pines — Hole #8: Par 5

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From the left box, you can always ram a drive far out in the fairway semi-close to the stream to give yourself a good approach into the green.

From the right box, your tee shot may depend on the wind.  It’s still usually best if you can get your drive out to the left fairway for an easier approach.

Many times from this box you’ll need to rotate right and play to the layup island.  Find the wood that works best for you here — I really like a high-teed 4-wood when I have to play out here.  You’ll then have a 3W or driver into the green, potentially needing to avoid some trees on the approach.

Also know that the fringe slopes off the green on this hole, so if you find yourself there, you’ll want to chip rather than putt.

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Winding Pines — Hole #9: Par 3

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Winding Pines — Hole #10: Par 4

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From the back left box, this is a very tough eagle.  You’ll need to turn right and play a fairly big right-to-left cut into the green.  This is most consistently available with a low-teed driver, but it requires a level of precision difficult to replicate.  Here is the best recommended approach — play a bit straighter with a low-teed driver, using a smaller and lower cut to bounce into the green — check out this great ace.  From another click right, here’s an incredible low-teed driver that finds the hole!  The most common mistake is clipping the leaves by not having enough “3” or too much “C”.

Other ways to reach the hole, especially with a front pin on this box — you can hope to catch the top of the hill between the sand and the green to drop down onto the green…here’s a great example with a 3-wood that trickled down into the hole!  Here’s another nice one with a 4-wood.  Finally, check out this driver punched through a gap in the trees that bounces off the wall to the cup!  Even if you stick on top of the hill, you could have a putt down to the green!

From the front box, you can high-tee a driver and punch it through any gap in the trees — here’s an example that finds the green.  With a front pin, you can use a medium-teed driver with backspin to stick the front of the green after it clears the leaves.  Another good option is a 0-hybrid cut through the trees to find the green for an ace.

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Winding Pines — Hole #11: Par 5

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Several options here, some good and some bad.

Perhaps the best option is to cut through the trees into the area straight ahead towards the green, landing in the rough for hopefully an open shot at the green…as long as you clear through the trees there is open rough area in front of it before the water.  This option is there unless you have a strong headwind and bad tee box.  Here’s a hole-out from there.  Here’s another one from a bit farther up.

Next, you can cut something like a 3-4-wood around the left to the other fairway shortcut spot, which leaves a much straighter approach into the green.

Also, you can land the shortcut fairway spot straight ahead, but it always leaves a challenging approach shot because of the tricky curve around and through the sets of trees.

Finally, you can sometimes carry the main fairway out right to bring a long approach around for eagle.  Here’s a driver through the gap to a back pin.

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Winding Pines — Hole #12: Par 3

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From the front box, here’s a SW ace to a back pin.  And here’s a lob wedge to a front pin.

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Winding Pines — Hole #13: Par 4

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The left tee box right behind the trees is always the most difficult here, and your approach depends on the wind and pin…you can go either left or right depending on what works best.

From the middle box, here’s a medium-teed driver to a back pin.  And here’s a low-teed driver to a right pin.  Just remember to have enough loft to carry the green but not so much loft to clip any leaves on your way in!

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Winding Pines — Hole #14: Par 5

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Believe it or not, you can always carry around to the second fairway…but from the back-left box, you’ll likely play a high-teed A1 driver after rotating left once that bounces off the bridge to the fairway.  With a left-blowing wind, a low-teed driver can help cut the wind and get to the bridge for the desired hops.  With all other winds, a high-teed driver is the way to go.

From the back-right box, a better option is sometimes a C3 drive around the right side to the fairway.

After a long drive, here’s a hole-out from the middle of the fairway.  But from the rough just over the water, here’s a driver through the trees into the cup.

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Winding Pines — Hole #15: Par 4

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Popular advice for amateurs is not to try to go for the green on this one.  There’s a tiny gap on the left you can go over, but there’s also a gap over the bench and under the trees with a 0-hybrid that takes a lot of practice.

If you do try the high side, a right-blowing wind is best, and a high-teed 5-wood or 6-wood will likely be the club.  Here is an amazing high-teed 5-wood that bounces around the tree by the green and settles in the cup!

The consistently-available shot here is the low-teed 0-hybrid.  Line up so you are one-click left of the green (some prefer two-clicks left).  Use a tee and put your golfer in a position by the bench but far enough to get over the bench and close enough to get under the trees (this is where practice comes in).  Your ideal shot goes around the left edge of the trees with a firm A1-type shot and backspins through the trees by the green, up over the hill, and settles for a putt.  Here is a great 0-hybrid punched through the left side to find a back pin!  Here’s another amazing 0-bird backspun to a front pin.

Also, you may find a chance with an outwind by ramming a driver through the trees, which can land by the green for a chip.

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Winding Pines — Hole #16: Par 3

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From the front box, this hole can get trickier with a headwind because of the uphill slope and your need to loft a club into the green…you may have to get creative with low tees and some curve.  Here’s a 9-iron hole-out to a back-center pin.

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Winding Pines — Hole #17: Par 5

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With the better looks, you can clear all the sand to the fairway opening out to the left.

With tougher looks, you have to land in the narrow fairway somewhere close to the sand so that you have a chance to reach in two.  Check out this impressive driver hole-out to a right pin.

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Winding Pines — Hole #18: Par 4

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This is a great finishing hole with all kinds of options, high and low.  You’ll need to read the situation to know what’s best to use with the various setups.

With a left pin, you can go over the top with a headwind, or even around left with a right wind.  Other times it’s a low-teed shot from right to left with backspin to hold the green for a putt.

Same thing in reverse for a right pin.

Back center pins are the easiest, as you just need to stick the center of the green for a chance…this can be straight through with a low shot or over the top with a high shot, but there’s more green to work with.  From the center box, this 0-hybrid punched through and one-hopped into the hole!

From the front-left box, this high-teed 7-wood cleared the trees and bounced up nicely for an ace!

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