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Teal Gardens — Golden Tee 2017

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

For the first time in its storied history, the game you love has touched down in Japan. The village of Sakamoto offers up an array of inquisitive obstacles. Some of these, like the detailed bridges, finely manicured sand traps and magnificent dojos were built by men. Others, such as the tall bamboo trees that sway by tee boxes, will serve as a more natural test. Get past these, and you’ll be greeted with some of the more shapely greens we’ve ever crafted.”

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 Teal Gardens! 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.



Teal Gardens — Hole #1: Par 4

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From the front box, you can drive up or near the sand with a big drive to give a chip at an early eagle.



Teal Gardens — Hole #2: Par 4

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From the front of the middle box, here’s an A1-Turbo shot that carries onto the green and almost drops!  With this shot removed from the game, you likely cannot drive the green anymore, so just look at the pin placement and lay up to the left or right side to give the best approach.

From the fairway, this approach bounced off the pin and spun back in the cup.

Given the setup, you may also opt to blast out to the rough right of the water…here’s a nice early hole-out from there.



Teal Gardens — Hole #3: Par 4

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From all boxes, a high-teed wood with perhaps a bit of cut can go over/around the left straight at the green…anywhere from an 8-wood to a 5-wood depending on the setup.  There are also cut shot options that offer a chance to use backspin, but the tricky green and steep sandy drop-off make this a tough early eagle.

From the front box, this 6-wood cut around to a front pin.  And this 5-wood cut around to a back pin.  From the back of this box, a high-teed 6-wood can go over the left side to a back pin!  This high-teed 8-wood cut over the trees to a front pin.

From the back of the second box, this high-teed 5-wood went straight over to dunk in a front pin!  Even a medium-teed 5-wood can clear the center gap between the trees so you can use backspin if needed.

NOTE — this hole changed from the beta version.



Teal Gardens — Hole #4: Par 3

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From the right box, here’s a hybrid into a tough pin.

From the center box, here’s an ace to a back pin.

Fun trivia — the message in the sand behind the green translates to “hazard”.  Naturally.



Teal Gardens — Hole #5: Par 5

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Your best landing area, given a front or perhaps middle tee, is the center of the three shortcut pods in the water.  It’s an offset shot but is the easiest to hit and clears the way for your approach.  Here’s a 3-wood hole-out from the center of there.

From the back tees you can’t get there, so aim for the smaller single pod straight ahead off the fairway.  This gives you a decent angle into the pin.  Here’s a driver hole-out from there.

Another option to avoid the risk of the water is the far end of the right fairway…it takes away more of the water risk if you can high-tee a driver out there, but you’ll have a more challenging curve shot into the green.



Teal Gardens — Hole #6: Par 4

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Five tee boxes here and a difficult green sloped towards the water make this another tough early eagle.  You might need a small cut over the left edge of the trees or you may high tee a wood straight at it.

From the 2nd box, this 5-wood curves around to a front pin.

From the 3rd tee box, here’s a great 4-wood pretty straight over the top to a back pin.

From the back box, this driver went over the top corner to a back pin.



Teal Gardens — Hole #7: Par 3

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From the middle box, here’s a dunk to a center pin.

From the back box, here’s a 6-wood ace to a front pin.



Teal Gardens — Hole #8: Par 5

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This should be a pretty easy eagle most of the time…a good layup spot with all tee boxes is the center fairway area between the circular water and sand pods.  It’s a long wood from here into an uphill green but it’s a pretty easy approach.

Here’s a 5-wood dunk to a front pin.



Teal Gardens — Hole #9: Par 4

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From the center box, take aim at the green…your wood will have plenty of loft.  Here’s a 5-wood ace to a front pin.  And here’s a 3-wood with backspin.  This 6-wood also had enough to clear and spin back to a front pin.

Be careful with a front pin, as you’ll still want to make sure you hit far enough to clear the gong…this can inhibit you being too aggressive since you can’t as easily drop a shot into the front of the green.  Check out this 4-wood with some cut that fell too early but got amazing deflections to find the hole!

From the left box, it’s usually best to cut around the left side with backspin over the water to hold the green.  Here’s a great 4-wood cut around the left side to a right pin.  This driver took a straighter approach but still avoided the building on its way around left to find a right pin!  If you try to cut around the right side, you may not have enough loft to clear the gong guarding the approach!



Teal Gardens — Hole #10: Par 5

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The safe play here with all tee boxes is to club down to the highest-lofted wood you can play with a high-tee and still make the center landing pod straight ahead.  With this strategy you’ll always have enough loft to clear the trees and you’ll be rewarded with an open approach shot.  Here’s a 6-wood dunk from there.

Left and right are options too, but you’ll want to be careful with your drive to leave an open approach instead of having to curve around the trees.  From the left fairway, here’s a 3-wood hole-out.



Teal Gardens — Hole #11: Par 3

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There’s a tee box on both sides of this island green.  From the elevated box, here’s a 9-iron ace into a cross-wind.

From the lower box, here’s a 9-iron ace to a back pin.



Teal Gardens — Hole #12: Par 5

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A high-teed driver to the left or right neck (or beyond to the fairway) gives you the most reasonable approach…your choice will depend on the wind and pin placement as always.  Here’s a 3-wood holeout from the left neck.

While it certainly helps to drive out past the neck to either second fairway, straight ahead short of the water is fine too — here’s a driver hole-out from there.



Teal Gardens — Hole #13: Par 3

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This can be a challenging par 3 since this uniquely-shaped green is surrounded by hazards.  While distance control is paramount, you’ll also need to be accurate to have a clear putt at the pin.  Do your best to stay safe — here’s where tools like bite and high tees are handy to give the best chance to stick and stay put.

From the back box, here’s a great 5-wood cut into a center pin.



Teal Gardens — Hole #14: Par 5

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I don’t know if I condone this hole being drivable, but someone did it — check out this giant high-teed driver from the back box that bounces on!

From the center box, this high-teed 3-wood almost hung on for a DE putt.  And this high-teed turbo driver almost found the hole!

Without the turbo, this high-teed 3W made its way through the trees and bounced onto the green for the DE putt!  And this high-teed driver shot straight at the trees left of the green also found its way through!  Finally, this high-loft, high-teed driver did carry around to the green and find the hole for the ace!

Otherwise, the far-right fairway is a nice place to be, but it can also be an unnecessary risk.  The shortcut circle straight ahead over the trees is easy to land and will give you an open approach shot.

You can also lay out left and potentially avoid a tee if you leave enough loft…here’s a 7-wood hole-out straight over the trees.



Teal Gardens — Hole #15: Par 5

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With the right tee boxes, the safest shot off the tee that gives you a nice approach shot is out to the right fairway just short of the sand circle.  It’s usually a driver that you can stick to give yourself a middle wood into the green.  Here’s a 3-wood hole-out from there.

The center pod straight ahead is a good option that offers a longer wood into the green.  Sometimes even a driver will clear — check out this driver over the bridge that finds the cup!  This driver cut around the side with some hot backspin to grab the hole.

Finally, there’s the layup spot out left that also offers a good approach if that’s your best option off the tee.



Teal Gardens — Hole #16: Par 3

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From the front box, here’s a nice ace to a back pin.

From the center box, here’s a dunk to a left pin!  And here’s another ace to a left pin.

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



Teal Gardens — Hole #17: Par 4

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A big risk/reward hole towards the end of your round that will challenge your ability to put the ball through a tight space or hope to get lucky!

From the front box, the 5-hybrid is the club to use in most cases…it fits nicely through either side of the box between the bell and the wood pillars.  A 5 or 6-iron or low-teed 7-iron is also an option that works.  And the 9-wood is an interesting club here too that affords an option to go around the right into the green.  You’ll need to have different distance options given the wind and pin placement.

This 5-iron goes through the right side and cuts over to a left pin.  With a headwind, this 8-wood went straight over the top with backspin to find the hole!

From the back of the front box, this 6-iron just cut around the right side and found a back-left pin!  And this 8-wood went around the right as well with an amazing hop up into the hole.

From the back box, a 4-5 hybrid can cut through the gap and other clubs can clear over the top.  The high-teed 8-wood is an option here too to go over the top, especially with a headwind.  With a tailwind, this high-teed 6-iron finds a front pin.  And this high-teed 7-iron easily cleared to find a center pin.



Teal Gardens — Hole #18: Par 4

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Ideally you get a setup where you can take something like a high-teed 5-wood right over the top at the green.  This takes away the cut shot and only forces you to manage the wind and distance, although that’s no small task on this tough closing hole.

From the right-front box, this high-teed 3-wood with a small cut around the right amazingly hangs on to drop into a back pin!  Here’s a great 4-wood cut around to a back pin.  And this high-teed 6-wood went over the right corner to find a back pin.  Finally, this high-teed 8-wood went straight over the top and carried to a back pin.

From the right-back box, this high-teed 3-wood went over the left corner and found a right pin!  This high-teed 5-wood went straight over for the ace.