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Catedrais Beach — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Ribadeo, Spain course.

On the coast of Ribadeo, Spain sits an Oceanside course far different from most—a place of gorgeous blue water, endless sun and soaring, overpowering rock walls. Catedrais Beach, which stands for the Beach of Cathedrals, is what happens when a canyon and tropical course come together to form one. Shot shaping and tee placement are key as you navigate jagged cliffs that seem to extend forever, all while trying to avoid the ocean and small ponds at all costs. Sundrenched and full of intrigue, Catedrais allows golfers to follow their own path. Which way will you choose?

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

Catedrais Beach will also be home to Lannen’s Landing, the Design-a-Hole winner for 2019.

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This post will contain tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Catedrais Beach! 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.

Check out this podcast (itunes) (anchor) which breaks down each hole on Catedrais Beach offering advice to improve your game.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 1: Par 4

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Catedrais Beach — Hole 2: Par 4

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The fairway narrows about where you want to land your ball, because it’s nice to be able to cut it a bit left to have a more open shot into the green.

Beware the left water on the approach which can gobble up an errant approach to a left pin!



Catedrais Beach — Hole 3: Par 3

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Catedrais Beach — Hole 4: Par 5

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From all boxes, you can hit up on top of the hill…anything from a high-teed driver to a more lofted wood.  Distance off the tee helps as you may still have a driver into the green, but more important is accuracy…falling down to the left is death.  Take your time and stick the center of the plateau!

Here’s a driver hole-out from there!  Here’s another with the 4-wood.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 5: Par 4

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From the back boxes, it’s best to high-tee a 5W or 6W and aim right at the green by carrying over the top.  Of course, curving is still an option…from the back-center box, here’s a great 5-wood cut around the left to a front pin.

From the front-right box, a high 8W can be good over the top, or perhaps a high 7W too.  Sometimes here you might have to high-tee a 6W and play a curve through the gap on the right.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 6: Par 4

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Here’s another hole where the best play is to high tee the highest lofted club you can carry to the green and blast it right over the top.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 7: Par 4

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With this hole, you do need to curve a wood through the gap with bite or backspin.  Early on you’ll notice that you may be carrying long because it’s slightly downhill, so tend to play a half-club shorter and towards the center of the green for an eagle putt.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 8: Par 3

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Catedrais Beach — Hole 9: Par 5

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From the center box, tee it high with a 5W or 6W and carry over at the green…this high-teed 5-wood goes right over the top for the super albatross!

From the back box, you can carry a high 3W or 4W over the top as well at the green, but you won’t always have the distance to get there.  If you’re not sure, laying up on top again is a good play with a high wood to set up an approach into the green for eagle.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 10: Par 3

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Catedrais Beach — Hole 11: Par 5

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This hole is sometimes drivable with the right combo os tee box, wind and positioning…from the center box with a high tee, this driver cuts its way through for the super albatross!  Even if you’re not sure you can get there but think you can get close, it can be good to shoot the gap for a chip.

A good layup shot here is playing a big A1 way out to the right, which often gets far enough to give a clear approach shot into the green for eagle.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 12: Par 4

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Here’s a tough hole, especially with a cross-wind, because the green is so narrow.  If you opt to try to cut the ball into the wind instead of playing out into the wind, be aware of the rock on the top left of the hill, which can knock down a shot without enough loft.  Clearing the hill is first, which is usually fine…accuracy is next to hold the narrow green, and distance is last to have a closer putt.

From the left box, here’s a 5-wood that trickles down into a front pin!



Catedrais Beach — Hole 13: Par 3

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Catedrais Beach — Hole 14: Par 5

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Often times the best shot here is to blast as far as you can down the left fairway, either a B2 hammer or a curve shot.  In the right conditions, you’ll carry far enough to have a clear shot at the pin.  Sometimes you’ll have to play a small cut into the green still, but it’s not usually too bad an option.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 15: Par 4

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Even though the green slopes downhill, it’s still a nice option to high-tee a wood and go straight at the green, compensating for distance.  This is usually still easier than trying to curve left or right around the hill into the green.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 16: Par 3

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You’ll get a lot of practice shaping shots here, as most setups call for you to curve around the hill into the green.  This can either be a small cut, most often with the wind NOT blowing right, or a larger cut where you rotate to the right and play more of a C2-type shot into the green.  With larger cuts, remember to club down a half-club…bite is usually a good option to try to settle into back pins.  Pinball is an option back there too if you’re slightly long.

From the center box, here’s a 5-iron ace to the lower tier.

From the back box, here’s a 6-wood that shows that if you tuck it back there and let it bounce around, good things can happen!

From the right box, you could have taken this 7-iron lined up at the pin and played out slightly right…luckily the pinball action turned a bad shot into an ace!



Catedrais Beach — Hole 17: Par 5

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It can be tough with some setups, but a high-teed driver hit well can still carry up onto the plateau to the left.  Going up top, as usual, gives you the advantage of a straight shot down into the green.  Distance is important too, since it can be tough to get an approach driver to the green with a headwind.  As usual, long and straight up on the hill is key to give you a good chance!

Another option is left to the sand, but you do have to be as close to the green as you can get to have enough club for your approach shot.



Catedrais Beach — Hole 18: Par 4

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Some setups here can be really tough, because you can face distance challenges as well as finding the right cut.  You’ll be coming in left-to-right usually, so angle is important.

A common mistake I’ve seen early is to come up short, and then compound the issue by using bite or backspin, which pulls your ball into the water.  I like to float a shot into the green with no spin since it will already be veering right anyway…then you can focus on distance and the right curve…a high tee makes this easier to pull off.

From the center of the box, here’s a smooth 4W curved around to finish with the ace!

With the wind blowing left, you can get away with certain deflections as the wind will keep it on the green, or even in the hole!

From the right side of the box, this hole is nasty.  You may consider trying to skip a low-teed driver around the right side with backspin as an option to reach the green.