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Mystic Hills — Golden Tee 2018

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The worst setups here may leave you with a GT Par of -26, while the best ones could have you looking at -30.  #2 is rarely there with a great look, #5 can be shut down from the back box, #10 can also be shut down with a bad setup, and #12 is rarely shut down with a bad look from the back-right box.



Mystic Hills — Hole #1: Par 4

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Mystic Hills — Hole #2: Par 4

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There are some rare setups from the front box with a tailwind that allow big hitters to reach the green, but usually you’re laying up short in the left fairway (here’s a hole-out from there) or trying to curve around the corner right for a clear, shorter approach.  Here’s a hole-out from the right.



Mystic Hills — Hole #3: Par 4

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From the left, you can shoot straight over the trees at the green, usually with a high tee.

You can do the same from the right with some curve but there’s also a path through the middle if you want to use spin.  This medium-teed driver curved around the left side to spin back in the hole.



Mystic Hills — Hole #4: Par 3

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From the left box, you may have to curve the ball into the green, making this a challenging early par 3.  Other looks are straight at the flag.



Mystic Hills — Hole #5: Par 4

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Three different tee boxes here, with the front-left being the easiest as it’s usually a high-teed 4W or 5W pretty straight over the top at the green.  From there, this high-teed 5W floats over the top to find the cup.

From the front-right, you may have to play a bit of cut into the green, but it’s about the same club.

The back box appears shut down – I’ll let you know if anyone has found a way to drive the green from here.  That pesky group of trees blocks your path to the green and you can’t curve it around the right into the green because of the water and elevation.  It doesn’t look like any club has both the height and distance to go straight over, and the angle isn’t there to curve around the trees up into the gap on the hill where you play from the front boxes.



Mystic Hills — Hole #6: Par 5

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Often times it’s not hard to clear to the second fairway, but there can be looks where you have to give it all you’ve got with a high tee, such as an A1 drive from the back-right box.  Hit it hard and don’t lose chance at eagle here.



Mystic Hills — Hole #7: Par 4

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This is usually a 3W or driver with perhaps a small cut into the green…it’s not among the more challenging holes here so take aim to stick it close and make sure you come away with eagle.



Mystic Hills — Hole #8: Par 5

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Try to get your drive out far enough out and left so you have a straight shot into the green.  Sometimes that’s just a straight B2 shot but other times you might turn right one and high tee a driver with a big C3 for more distance.  Here’s a hole-out from the fairway.



Mystic Hills — Hole #9: Par 4

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While the drive is not tough, the approach shot here is challenging because of the elevation change, the massive green and the significant slope.  If you don’t put it close, you could miss your putt and have a disappointing par to finish the front.  Find a spot off the tee that gives you a comfortable club for your approach and know that the spot may vary because the green is so large, meaning the distance from the front to the back of the green is huge.



Mystic Hills — Hole #10: Par 4

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This is a tricky, yet sometimes drivable par 4.  It slopes away from you towards the water, so it typically discourages a high tee unless you can crank it into a headwind (you’ll want the backspin to hold the green).  However, the deep sand trap in front can be tough to clear and is punishing if you don’t.  It might help to come in from the left to try to dodge the trap and use the rough to get on.  Check out this crazy deflection up and on for an ace!

Some setups at the back with a headwind may just call for a layup in the fairway, although if you have a lob wedge, you might opt to try to drive up in the sand for a chip at it.



Mystic Hills — Hole #11: Par 5

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You can always get to the second fairway, but it can be challenging with a tough setup and call for a big C3 high-teed driver to make it there.  But once you get there, it should make for a pretty standard eagle.



Mystic Hills — Hole #12: Par 4

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This par 4 is usually drivable with the difficulty depending on the tee box and wind.

From the front box, this high-teed 3W went high over the top to find the hole.

With a bad wind from the back-right box, you may have to lay up.  It’s very challenging not only to drive but to stick the green with certain looks because you’ll be trying to curve in a high-teed driver.  Long can be okay and at least give you a chip back at the green, but of course short in the water should be avoided if you’re unsure.



Mystic Hills — Hole #13: Par 3

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There’s quite the elevation drop here, so wind control is key to keep this on the green…here’s an example ace.



Mystic Hills — Hole #14: Par 4

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After playing this one a few times, you’ll remember this one is tricky because of the uphill approach shot into a severe up-10 slope.  Make sure to leave yourself with enough loft for your approach, whether you lay back for a 7-wood or play up more for a 7-hybrid, for example.  A close approach shot becomes important with slope like this and it’s always better to be below the hole than risk a rollover putt with a deep downhill slope.



Mystic Hills — Hole #15: Par 5

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It appears the layup spot is always the same here…just curve your drive around left-to-right and make sure it sticks in the fairway out to the right.  With a driver off the tee, you’ll have plenty of distance to reach the green in two on your approach.



Mystic Hills — Hole #16: Par 4

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This shot varies quite a bit depending on the tee box, with the most challenging setups calling for a high-teed driver from the back box.  Still, it’s a straight shot where you’re just playing the wind, so it comes down to distance control in sticking the green for your eagle putt.



Mystic Hills — Hole #17: Par 3

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Mystic Hills — Hole #18: Par 4

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Three different tee boxes here, but there are certainly more challenging finishing holes than this one.  Do your best to stick the middle of the green to give yourself a shot to finish with an eagle.

From the center box, here’s a 3-wood with bite that finds the hole.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Golden Tee 2018

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It looks like GT Par could potentially set up for -34 on this course!  The worst case setups still seem to be -29 or -30, making this one of the most scoreable courses ever released on LIVE.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #1: Par 4

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This doesn’t ever appear to be driveable so just plop it in the fairway.  Here’s a hole-out to start the round.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #2: Par 4

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Many conditions make this hole drivable with a high-teed driver of any kind…you can often play straight at it, or curve one in there if you need extra distance.  Of course the sand will try to stop your ball in front of the green but it’s great to take advantage of this eagle when it’s there!  Even if you can’t quite get it there, it’s usually great to be in the sand in front of the green so that you at least have a short chip at eagle.

Here’s a driver that had plenty of speed into a back pin.

Here’s a big curving driver that was way too fast but the hole got in the way!



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #3: Par 5

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With golden tees, this par 5 now becomes drivable in most all cases!  There can be straight looks through the cactus gaps right at the green, or you can turn left to play up and over…check out this high-teed 3-wood around the left of the cacti that finds the cup!

The best and most controlled option is the high-teed driver straight at the green…the higher lofted driver avoids the cactii, but the lower-lofted driver must be shot through any of them, so be more careful if you need that extra distance.  This driver goes right through a cap in the cacti to find the hole.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #4: Par 3

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With a headwind, this 7-hybrid settles into a left pin.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #5: Par 4

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This downhill shot carries farther than you may think, so you’ll always have enough club to get there in one…you might club down one to account for the downhill shot.

The bridge can also assist — check out this 3-wood that catches the wood and bounces into a front pin!

From the back box, here’s a driver to a back pin.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #6: Par 4

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There never seems to be a reason to have to curve around the right side of the hill — you should almost always be able to go right over the top.

With a tailwind, just club down and carry to the downside of the hill with backspin to settle down onto the green.  From the back, a medium-teed 3-wood even has enough loft to carry over the cacti to the green, making backspin an option.

With a headwind, you can use a high tee to carry and settle the green.  This high-teed 3-wood had plenty of loft to clear and find the hole.

Watch out for that pesky ostrich – check out this hilarious shot!



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #7: Par 5

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Here’s another always driveable par 5 that will just challenge your shot-making and distance control.  Most often, you’ll set up a bit left of the green and angle it fairly straight right through the gap.  Depending on how hard you hit it, the hills by the green can be in play with the elevation or sometimes not.  The good news here is that the green is flat, so anywhere should give you a great chance at double eagle!  The bad news is that if you get wet off the tee, you’re put back in the rough by the green with almost no chance of taking that same route into the green, so you’ll be going the long way around and putting up a big score.  Lesson learned – don’t be short!  A chip back into the green for eagle is fine.

This high-teed 3-wood was angled perfectly through the gap to find the hole for an ace.

While a high tee is safest, it’s not always necessary…check out this 5-wood that catches a great bounce off the top of the back-right hill directly into the hole!



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #8: Par 3

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Here’s a nice backspin ace to a front-right pin.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #9: Par 4

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From the front left box this appears always to be driveable…here’s a nice high-teed driver ace from there to a left pin.

From the back right box this is sometimes driveable depending on the wind.  If you like your chipping skills you may want to try to drive the sand in front of the green for a nice uphill chip.

From the back center box, you’re probably laying up for birdie.



Rattlesnake Ridge — Hole #10: Par 4

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Some setups allow you to cut around the corner taking aim directly at the green, but of course the water makes this risky.  Check out this great ace!

It’s also not a bad approach to try to cut a big driver around the corner and hope to catch a deflection off the back wall onto the green…here’s a perfect example of that for an ace.  But of course there’s risk of getting stuck in a sandy mess or catching water too.  This one uses the rock behind the green to bounce back into the hole!