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Safari Dunes — Golden Tee 2018

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

In southern Africa lies a golf course rich with elements: a mix of sand and ocean and fescue, an environmental concoction new to the game you love. Here at Safari Dunes, you’ll walk amongst wilder beasts and elephants, while your wayward tee shots might end up in a hippo’s mouth baking in a nearby hazard. The scenery is both marvelous and grungy—the bright green fairways tucked between danger and beauty alike. Let’s take a walk on the wild side.

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

GT Par is most commonly -29 here.  It can be -28 if #16 is not reachable, and it can be -30 if #12 is driveable!

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 Safari Dunes! 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.



Safari Dunes — Hole #1: Par 4

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No problem laying up shorter here since it’s just the first hole.  But after a long drive, here’s a hole-out to start the round.



Safari Dunes — Hole #2: Par 5

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Try to get as long and stay as far left as possible, but because this is an early, short par 5, it’s also an option to lay up short, such as left of the sand…here’s a driver hole-out from there.



Safari Dunes — Hole #3: Par 3

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Here’s a 6-wood ace to a front pin.



Safari Dunes — Hole #4: Par 4

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It’s not much, but the elevation can affect incoming shots, especially to a front pin…from the back-right box, this driver caught a nice bounce to find the hole.



Safari Dunes — Hole #5: Par 5

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The best setups allow you to drive over the junk to the second fairway, playing out to the left.

Most other setups call for a layup on the sloped landing area between the fairways straight ahead, which calls for distance control.



Safari Dunes — Hole #6: Par 3

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Safari Dunes — Hole #7: Par 5

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It’s best if you can reach the second fairway past the neck, but that’s not always possible.  The alternative is to hit out to the end of the first fairway as close as comfortably possible, which also allows you the distance for a fine approach shot.



Safari Dunes — Hole #8: Par 4

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Be careful trying to go under here, even though it’s inviting.  Even a low-teed 290 driver might not be low enough.  From the back box, here’s a low-teed 300 driver that just got under to find the hole for an ace.  From farther back, this low-teed 310 driver also finds the cup.

A 0-hybrid could be a good club to have here for closer looks so you can still keep it low with the correct distance!  A low-teed 0-bird even skips the water when hit hard straight ahead.

There can be a look over the top in certain conditions…check out this high-teed 6-wood that dunks for the ace!



Safari Dunes — Hole #9: Par 3

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

From the front-left box, this 9-iron finds a left pin.



Safari Dunes — Hole #10: Par 4

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From the back-right of the box, you can take a lofted (7 or 8) wood over the top…here’s an ace to a front pin.  Even a high-teed 5-wood can work into a headwind…check out this ace to a front pin.  With a front pin, having a 7/8-wood is still a great option so you can also high tee and curve around the left side of the trees if needed.



Safari Dunes — Hole #11: Par 5

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There are several layup options here, but perhaps the best is to lay up short of the right sand trap in the fairway ahead.  From here, with most all setups, you’ll still have enough distance and a clear shot between those small trees into the green.  Here’s a nice one-hopper off the friendly desert rock in front of the green.  Here’s another with the 0-hybrid!



Safari Dunes — Hole #12: Par 4

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With the correct wind, this hole can be driveable with an A1 high-teed driver, or perhaps even a 3-wood too.  From the front box, here’s the 310 driver that curves all the way around for a short eagle putt.  And from the back box, this high-teed 290 driver caught a small deflection off the hill to find the hole for an ace!

But most times, you can pick a landing area out left…wherever seems comfortable, and bring in your approach from there.



Safari Dunes — Hole #13: Par 4

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With a long setup from the back box, this driver got a nice bounce up to a back pin.



Safari Dunes — Hole #14: Par 3

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Safari Dunes — Hole #15: Par 5

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There’s a conveniently-placed sand trap straight ahead in the second fairway, but if you can land left or right of here while giving yourself a clear approach at the pin, then that’s ideal.

Another option with tough setups is to curve your shot to the left off the tee and stick the fairway strip in the water, although this can be trickier.  If you get it done, though, you can also have a nice approach shot for a chance at eagle.



Safari Dunes — Hole #16: Par 4

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While not always driveable, some setups allow you to carry over the top to the green…here’s a high-teed 3-wood that goes 373 yards for the ace!  This high-teed 290 driver also had plenty of loft to carry to the hole.

For some added distance, you can also rotate left and play an A1 into the green — here’s a high-teed 3-wood that finds the cup.

And from the right side, here’s a C3 driver that finds the hole!



Safari Dunes — Hole #17: Par 3

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From the center of the box, here’s a one-hop ace.



Safari Dunes — Hole #18: Par 4

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With looks towards the front and right, you can often take a wood straight over the top to the green.  Here’s a 5-wood straight over the top for an ace to a front pin.  And here’s a 6-wood over the right side to a right-center pin.

With some looks towards the back and left with a bad wind, you might have to curl a shot around the dune mountain instead.