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Juniper Falls — Golden Tee 2017

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2017 Vik, Iceland course.

Although Iceland is not an assumed golfing hotbed, this is about to change. The village of Vik, located at the southernmost point of the country, houses one of the more ambitious virtual golfing stops over the past 30 years. While ambitious on the surface, the fit is anything but. The roaring waterfalls, free flowing streams and green grass lining the rolling hills paint a picture fit for a postcard. The Atlantic Ocean will be in play on occasion, as will the steamy hot springs that line fairways and greens.”

Here is a 6-hole demo from the Golden Tee Lounge!

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

GT Par can range from -xx to -yy on this course…to be further analyzed!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2017 Golden Tee course Juniper Falls! 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.



Juniper Falls — Hole #1: Par 4

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With a great setup, this hole can set up drivable…even with just a B2.  Here’s a hot ace to start the round!

Here’s an 8-iron hole-out to start the round.



Juniper Falls — Hole #2: Par 4

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It’s rare that you can’t just hit straight over the top with any tee box or pin placement…a high-teed 6-wood or 5-wood gets it done.  You may choose to cut a high-teed 4-wood around the corner or something like that if it suits.

From the right box, this high-teed 5-wood went straight over to a right pin.

From the back-left box, here’s a nice high-teed 5-wood cut around to a front left pin.  And this high-teed 5-wood went straight over to a front-center pin!



Juniper Falls — Hole #3: Par 3

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From the front box, here’s an 8-iron ace to a right pin.

From the middle box, here’s a 7-wood to a back pin.

From the back box, this 5-wood finds a back pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #4: Par 5

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You’ll have a few different options off the tee here.  Best place to be if you can get there is the top left landing area towards the green — here’s a drive that just held on.  It’s notable that if you trickle down left, you’ll still have a fine approach to the green.

However, that spot is just too risky to attempt and not necessary.  You should be looking at the large center landing area…it’s very easy to stick off the tee and you’ll have enough loft/distance to get to the green straight over the hill.  From that landing spot, this 3-wood did have enough loft to clear the hill and find the hole.

From the farthest-right landing area, here’s a 3-wood hole-out.

By laying up back a ways in the left fairway, here’s a 5-wood cut around that finds the cup.



Juniper Falls — Hole #5: Par 4

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It doesn’t seem like it, but a high-teed 3-wood over the top right at it always has the distance to clear and carry the green.  The next best option is the high-loft driver, which works and provides more distance.  If you don’t have the strength to pull it off, you might be looking at a driver cut shot instead, which is more challenging.

From the back box, here’s a great driver cut around the left and spun into a right pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #6: Par 3

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Here’s a front-box ace to a back pin.

From the back box, this 7-wood finds a tough back-right pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #7: Par 5

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In rare situations you can take a shot at driving this green…worst case you’ll end up close with perhaps a chip.  Here’s a huge C3 off the tee that finds the fringe!

There will often be an opportunity to cut the corner to the left fairway, making for a short second shot into this part 5.  Sometimes it’s a straight B2 through this gap in the mountains, and other times you’ll cut through with a C3 shot.  Here’s a hole-out from there.  Here’s another hole-out from the back rough.  And here’s one from the front rough.

While it’s not the most difficult tee shot to execute, it might not be for you, and it’s not okay to end up trapped somewhere and put up a big number early.  That’s because it’s also a great option to lay out to the right and avoid a potentially errant hit, as you’ll have enough distance on your approach from there too.  Just shoot out to the end of the right fairway and bring a wood into the green.  Here’s a nice 5-wood hole-out from there.



Juniper Falls — Hole #8: Par 4

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This is a really tough eagle…sometimes anything around the green is a good approach.  A high-teed 6-wood can cut some of the corner around the left side, but you still have to play it out pretty far left anyway.  If the distance is there, a high-teed 8-wood can cut more of the corner…check out this ace to a front-right pin!  Here’s another high-teed 8-wood cut over the top.

From the left box, this wood plays a little cut around the side to a left pin.  This hybrid played a sharper cut and got a nice bounce off the backstop to settle into a back pin!  And notice how this high-teed 5W took aim to the right but played out left around the mountain to find a left pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #9: Par 4

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From the front box, you may be able to pull off a drive to the green!  Here’s a turbo A1 high-teed 5-wood that bounced down for a long eagle putt.

From the back box, it’s even possible — check out this high-teed driver that trickled over onto the green!  Even with the turbo gone, this high-teed driver still trickled over onto the green.  And with the pin on the left, this one bounced down onto the green for an eagle putt too!  You can see the last was with the 10.5 degree driver.

With the removal of the turbo, most of us won’t ever attempt to drive this…the safe play is the fairway.  Here’s a hole-out from there.



Juniper Falls — Hole #10: Par 5

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I always high-tee a 3-wood here.  With a good setup, I’ll take a B2 straight over to the second fairway.  With a tougher one, I’ll turn one left and play an A1 to get it to the same spot instead.  Here’s a hole-out from the left side.



Juniper Falls — Hole #11: Par 3

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Although there’s only one tee box, this massive green means you’ll be hitting a wide variety of clubs.  Here’s a nice 4-wood lofted down to a back pin.  With a tough wind, this 4-wood cut into a back-right pin.  And here’s a 3-hybrid into a front pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #12: Par 4

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It’s often a driver or 3-wood here, but it’s usually a tough eagle because of the shape of the green and the sand guarding the entrance.  Backspin is nice with a driver sometimes so you can cut through most of the wind, and a high-teed wood can be good into a headwind where it will settle nicely.

From the center box, here’s a great ace to a front pin.

From the right box, this driver used the green and settled nicely into a back pin.  And this 3-wood bounced nicely into a front-left pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #13: Par 5

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With a tailwind like the one shown in this picture, this green can be drivable or close to it.  There’s a stream by the green that could swallow an approach, but it may be fun to give it a try with a straight blast or a curved A1 through the mountains.  Here’s a gigantic A1 high-teed 3-wood that carries the green!

My favorite option is the right side of the fat part of the fairway about 170 yards ahead or so.  It slopes up so it’s easy to land, so there’s no risk off the tee, and you’ll never need more than a 3-wood into the green, which will clear the mountain.  Here’s a 3W hole-out over the right side to a back-right pin.

The bottom of the fairway to the left offers a couple approach options…here’s a 3-wood hole-out from there.

The main fairway with a huge drive can work since this hole is not too long.

There’s also an option to the right up in the mountains.  A 3-wood off the tee by clicking one right has a settle area that can offer a nice approach.



Juniper Falls — Hole #14: Par 3

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With a front-right pin, just make sure you have enough to clear the mound in front of the green…this one barely made it and then found the hole!  This 6-wood bounced off the top and down to find the hole.

Here’s a 7-wood ace to a center pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #15: Par 4

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From the front box, this hole can be drivable, although you’ll be contending with the water running all around the green.  If you don’t get the right hop or carry too far, you can get wet pretty easily.  However, sometimes you’ll get really lucky — check out this incredible ace!  This one also curved at it to hop over the water and find the cup.  Here’s another one straight at it that bounced up and in.  How about a C3…we’ve got one of those too!

From the middle or back boxes, you’ll have your choice of fairway to choose from that offers the best approach given the wind and pin placement.  Here’s a hole-out from the right fairway.



Juniper Falls — Hole #16: Par 5

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There’s a ramp on this hole that could propel your ball onto the green if you get lucky — here’s one of the most incredible aces you’ll ever see!  It’s also the longest ace in GT YouTube history!  Here’s another one that almost finds the hole.  You can get the ramp sometimes from that left box shown in the pic with an out wind and a big medium-teed C3 driver with roll.

From the far center of the fairway, here’s a hole-out to a front pin.  From farther back, here’s another hole-out to a front-left pin.

Another optional landing area on this short par 5, especially with the farthest back-left box, is to the left in front of the sand, where you’ll find flatter ground.  Here’s a 5-wood hole-out from there.  With a headwind and a right pin, you can even play the fairway past the hole and let it bounce back!

 



Juniper Falls — Hole #17: Par 3

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From the center box, here’s a nice ace to a back pin followed by an 8-iron to a tough center pin.

And here’s another nice one from the back box.  The hard left wind is what can make this miserable…here’s a great 7-wood cut into the wind to settle in the cup!  From the back, here’s a great 5-wood cut into a back-right pin.



Juniper Falls — Hole #18: Par 4

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From the back box, this 6-wood was money, landing short and trickling down into a front pin.  And here’s a high-teed 5W into a headwind that settles into a back pin.

From the center box, this 3-wood shows it had more than enough elevation to clear and settle into a back pin.

From the left box, here’s an awesome 5-wood cut around to a front pin!  And this 8-wood goes right over the top with backspin to find the hole…good to know if you have this club in the bag!