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Royal Dubai — Golden Tee 2018

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

After nearly 30 years of daytime playing, Royal Dubai is allowing us to play the game after hours. With average temperatures exceeding 100 degrees during the day in the United Arab Emirates for much of the year, this is golf at night, under illuminated, artificial lights. The towering Dubai skyscrapers serve as a spectacular backdrop, lighting up the dark skyline themselves. Below, you will have to navigate an extravagant mix of water, sand and thick palm trees to score well. Welcome to Golden Tee at night. 

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

GT Par is normally -28 on this course, although #1 is rarely driveable to make it -29.

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 Royal Dubai! 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.



Royal Dubai — Hole #1: Par 4

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With a great wind, it’s possible to drive this hole!  You’ll just have to hope for a lucky bounce over the stream in front of the green.  Having streaks as your balls on this course greatly help your chances of driving #1.  Check out this huge high-teed A1 driver that finds the cup!  Here’s another awesome ace.



Royal Dubai — Hole #2: Par 5

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Off the tee, try to curve it around left and land the fatter fairway area between the two necks so that you have a reasonable approach.

Sure, that’s the reasonable tee shot, but players have found recently that you can blast a driver or 3-wood right through the trees straight ahead to get to that landing area!  Just find a spot between some tree trunks and disregard the branches and leaves…it goes right through to save you the hassle of curving around.



Royal Dubai — Hole #3: Par 4

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From the back box, here’s a great 5-wood around the left side for an ace!  And this high-teed 5-wood goes around and over the right side for an impressive dunk.  Finally, here’s a great driver cut around the right side for an impressive ace.

From the middle box, this 5-wood curves around the right side to find a left pin.



Royal Dubai — Hole #4: Par 3

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From the front-left box, here’s an ace to a front pin.

From the back box, here’s an ace to a right pin.  And here’s a dunk to a front pin.



Royal Dubai — Hole #5: Par 5

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There’s a group of trees conveniently placed where the left fairway starts to open back up, but the fairway strips by here still present a good option at which to aim.  From the right side there, here’s a nice 2-iron curved around into the cup.



Royal Dubai — Hole #6: Par 4

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Because this par 4 is not too long, there’s often no reason to blast out in the narrow neck of the fairway.  You can lay back in a couple spots…either to the far right behind the tree, or to the left of the tree…here’s a hole-out from there.



Royal Dubai — Hole #7: Par 3

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Royal Dubai — Hole #8: Par 4

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From the back box, this 5-wood had just enough carry to reach a back pin!



Royal Dubai — Hole #9: Par 5

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A good play many times off the tee here is to hit long and to the right side of the left fairway, allowing a fairly straight approach into the green.



Royal Dubai — Hole #10: Par 4

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Take a look at your setup here, as some players are occasionally driving the green with the high-teed 10.5 driver…hopefully we’ll see an example ace some day!

While not a difficult hole otherwise, the challenge here comes in the approach with the diamond tiered green.  An inaccurate approach could cost you a stroke with a difficult putt.  From the back-right of the fairway, here’s a hole-out to a back pin.



Royal Dubai — Hole #11: Par 3

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Royal Dubai — Hole #12: Par 4

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Royal Dubai — Hole #13: Par 5

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The most common play here will be out left, as it allows you to create the most distance and get closest to the green, especially with a big A1.  Here’s a driver hole-out from there.

From back-right tee boxes, however, a better play is out to the right edge of the fairway, which allows you to bring a wood uphill into the green from there.



Royal Dubai — Hole #14: Par 3

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From the right box, here’s an ace to a back pin.  And check out this one to a front pin that hung out on the upper tier for a bit before falling down and in!



Royal Dubai — Hole #15: Par 5

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There’s often no harm in laying up straight ahead in the first fairway…you’ll have plenty of distance to get there.

Even down to the next tier can present an open approach — this driver settles into a back pin.

If you need to try to work the ball into a tough right pin, you can play down to the next tiered fairway to the right a bit more which allows you to play more of an A1 approach into the green instead.



Royal Dubai — Hole #16: Par 4

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The left box can provide a fairly straight shot at the green…this one took advantage to a center cup.

From the back-center box, here’s a 5-wood curved around to a front pin.

From the center box, this high-teed 9-wood is perfect over the top for the ace!  And this low-teed driver one-hopped into the hole.  Here’s a great hybrid staying low around the left side for an ace.  Finally, this 6-wood around the left side stays under that last branch to find the cup.

From the right box, here’s a high-teed 8-wood over/through the trees to the cup.



Royal Dubai — Hole #17: Par 3

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

From the back-center box, this shot buries in a back cup.

From the left box, this shot used a bit of the hill to spin back into the cup.



Royal Dubai — Hole #18: Par 4

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Combine nasty winds, a crazy-shaped green and a ton of water, and you’ve got a tough finishing hole.  From the back-center box, here’s a 5-wood ace to a front-center pin.

From the right box, here’s a great 2-hybrid into a left pin!

From the front-left box, this 6-wood was a smooth play into a left pin.