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Calypso Key — Golden Tee 2018

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2018 Barbados course.

At one of the southern most points of the Caribbean lies an 18-hole golf course seemingly tucked away. Sure, the white beaches will look somewhat familiar; as will the crystal blue water and white waves as they crash throughout. But here on the island of Barbados, the traditional “tropical” course label will be rewritten. Rocks and rough and large, never-before-seen palm trees line all fairways. What this land may lack in elevation it makes up for in terrain. Prepare to be floored by its beauty but also bewildered by all these glorious elements coming together all at once.

Here is a 6-hole preview and discussion from the Golden Tee lounge!

GT Par for this course is -28.

Watch Paul Luna play a demo round through all 18 holes!

This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2018 Golden Tee course Calypso Key! 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.



Calypso Key — Hole #1: Par 4

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Calypso Key — Hole #2: Par 4

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Calypso Key — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s a dunk to a back-right pin.



Calypso Key — Hole #4: Par 5

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A popular layup spot is to the right by the outlet spot towards the water…even if you’re back a ways you can still get there.  Here’s a driver hole-out from there.



Calypso Key — Hole #5: Par 4

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Calypso Key — Hole #6: Par 3

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Here’s an ace to a right pin.



Calypso Key — Hole #7: Par 5

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The popular spot off the tee here is the island straight ahead past the first fairway, which gives you comfortable distance into the green.  It’s a good option and is large enough that it shouldn’t be too awfully challenging to stick.



Calypso Key — Hole #8: Par 4

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From the back box, a high-teed 3-wood can clear straight over the trees to the green.



Calypso Key — Hole #9: Par 3

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Here’s a wedge to a front pin.

And because this hole can set up short with a big inviting green, it may be an option to club up and chip it in there…check out this wood for an ace.



Calypso Key — Hole #10: Par 4

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You can go left or right here depending on what looks best, and both are fine.

If you go left, just avoid going all the way to the end of the fairway since trees could be blocking your approach.  Here’s a 5-wood hole-out to a back pin.



Calypso Key — Hole #11: Par 4

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You can go right or left around the trees, or over the trees, depending on the box and setup, but be careful of the rock overhang guarding the right side!

From the front box, this 5-wood cut around the left side with backspin for an ace.

From the center box, here’s a high-teed 5-wood around the right side for an ace.  And check out this 0-hybrid perfectly played under the overhanging rock to find the cup!

And here’s a high-teed 5-wood around the left side as well!  This 4-wood took a more extreme angle to bounce down and deflect into the cup!

This high-teed 3-wood went a bit right and then over the rest of the trees en route to a wall deflection for an ace!

From the back box, a low-teed, lower-loft driver can be played to the right to get under the overhang onto the green.



Calypso Key — Hole #12: Par 5

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The end of the right side of the fairway is an option, and so is turning left and playing a big A1 drive to come in from that side.  In certain cases the middle straight ahead may be good too…just gauge the wind and your tee box to set up the best approach.



Calypso Key — Hole #13: Par 3

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Calypso Key — Hole #14: Par 5

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There’s an island out left, but it’s very narrow and probably not worth even trying to hit.

There’s an island out right that is more reasonable, but even if you land it, you still have a tough approach shot you likely need to curve into the green.

You can also play straight ahead to the left edge of the main fairway, not too far down.  From here, you can curve something like a 7-wood around the left of the hill into the green, and the sand helps soften the bounce on the way in as needed.

Finally, an 8/9-wood may have a chance of clearing the hill and missing the trees straight over into the green from the main fairway.



Calypso Key — Hole #15: Par 5

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The most common route off the tee is out right to give you a shot through the clearing between the trees and the hill behind the green.

There’s also a shot out left that may be desirable if the wind and pin allow, but it calls for an accurate shot off the tee to avoid needing much curve through that gap.



Calypso Key — Hole #16: Par 3

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From the left box, here’s an impressive dunk to a left pin.



Calypso Key — Hole #17: Par 4

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The right box is mostly unimpeded…here’s an easy 5-wood to a center pin.

The left box is brutal here, as you need to make your way either left or right around a tower and up to the green.  A high-lofted wood is great to have in the bag for this tee box.  While left is easier, going around right is also possible with a high tee staying left of the trees.



Calypso Key — Hole #18: Par 5

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The most common tee shot here is as far out left as you can get it, for both distance and angle purposes into this final green.  From the left side of the fairway, this driver cut around the trees and off the back rock to find the hole!