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Pine Meadow — Golden Tee 2019

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Here’s the recommended club set from GTF, while the recommended balls are Grabbers.  Some players are using Streaks which can help on #1 and potentially others, but I feel there’s more value having backspin on other holes where you need to stick the green because of downslopes or surrounding water.



Pine Meadow — Hole #1: Par 4

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This hole is sometimes drivable, especially if you’re a big hitter playing Streaks.  But even with other balls, you can often get close to the green for a chip at eagle.

Check out this huge C3 that finds the hole off the tee!  Here’s another big drive straight at it with the Streaks.



Pine Meadow — Hole #2: Par 4

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Here you’ll be tucked slightly behind a tree, so it’s useful to use a tee to slide left.  You’ll need a bit more club to make sure you carry the hill in front of the green, but assuming you do that, it’s a flat putt for eagle.

Here’s a driver curled around the left side that bounces up onto the green and into the hole!



Pine Meadow — Hole #3: Par 3

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This is one of the tougher par 3s you’ll find anywhere in the first three holes.  The left trees are in play, and there’s a good amount of wind and green slope to tackle.  Add in a high-lofted club and this will test your shot-shaping skills!

From the front box, here’s a nice 8-iron dunk.  And here’s a 9-hybrid punched over the top to that same left pin.

From the back box, this 5-hybrid settles into the cup.



Pine Meadow — Hole #4: Par 4

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Nothing much to think about off the tee here unless you have a preferred distance for your approach, which is slightly uphill into a large green.



Pine Meadow — Hole #5: Par 4

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This is usually a 3W or driver and whether or not you use a tee depends on the wind…the two-tiered green of course makes this tricky, especially if you need to carry to the top tier.  Here’s a nice driver with bite that hops up to a pin on the upper tier.

From the left of the box, here’s a 3W with backspin to a left pin on the lower tier.



Pine Meadow — Hole #6: Par 4

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A high tee is fine even with a cross-wind here even though it’s a down-6 green.  I like to try to line up as straight as I can with the green and just play a small hook.  Here’s a high-teed 3W that hugs the left side for the dunk.

You might opt to play it out right more with a tailwind if you need backspin to hold the green, as you won’t be flying directly over the trees.  Here’s a driver with bite cut around the right side that finds the hole!



Pine Meadow — Hole #7: Par 5

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It takes a while to comfortably nail the distance off the tee here, which is almost always a C3-type shot with a wood.  You can’t be short because of the water but you can’t be long because the fairway falls off and you’ll have to lay up.  Practice finding the right club and tee height with the conditions and use backspin to hold your curve in the fairway.  From the fairway, this 5-wood spins back to a front pin.



Pine Meadow — Hole #8: Par 3

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You’ll see many different looks on this short hole but they are all pretty manageable, even if you have a gap in your club distances…just tee it high or low to account for that.  Stay safe towards the center of the green if needed for your birdie putt.  From the front box, here’s a nice SW with bite punched over to a right pin.  And this one spins back to a front-left pin.



Pine Meadow — Hole #9: Par 4

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Even with tough winds, you’re always able to work a high-teed wood onto the green here…just picture your shot around the left of the rocky hill to start and then stay to the right of the trees by the green.

From the front-left of the box, here’s a high-teed 5W over the top to a left pin.  And here’s a driver that stays low through the gap to find the hole.



Pine Meadow — Hole #10: Par 4

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You may sometimes catch a ramp on this hole to propel your ball up towards the green — this one settled in the front sand.  And this one just kept going all the way up to the green…an amazing low-teed driver with roll!  But otherwise it’s just a fairway layup anywhere for a lofted approach into the green.

Here’s a hole-out from the end of the fairway.



Pine Meadow — Hole #11: Par 5

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I haven’t found a reason yet to play the left side of the fairway.  Always do what you can to blast as far as possible down the right side, preferably a ways away from the hill which will be blocking your approach.  That gives you more room to curve a wood around the hill into the green if needed.  With a clear approach from the right fairway, here’s a backspin hole-out with the 4-wood.  This drive didn’t quite get far enough but a well-curved recovery finds the hole.



Pine Meadow — Hole #12: Par 4

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This is a really tough shot into a narrow green, where missing either right or left will result in water.  You usually just have to take your medicine and shape a shot as best you can to counteract the slope and wind and settle anywhere on the green for a putt.  This driver with bite finds a center pin.



Pine Meadow — Hole #13: Par 3

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This shot is easier with the pin on the lower tier, since you can use the tier as a backstop if needed while coming into the green.  Here’s an 8-wood that deflects nicely off the tiered wall settling back in the cup.



Pine Meadow — Hole #14: Par 5

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In rare scenarios, certain gifted players may take the risk to try to drive this green! Check out this example where a lot went right for it to hop on up, but still amazing!

There are two layup spots here off the tee depending on the wind. If possible, it’s better to fly it straight ahead all the way to the far fairway, which offers a clear approach into the green.

The other layup spot is in the center fairway, where there is a gap in the trees allowing a fairly straight approach through them depending on the wind and where you end up. You’ll be in the front half of that fairway area, and slightly right of center is ideal. Too far right causes your ball to slope downwards and you’re closer to the trees, making the approach more difficult to curve.



Pine Meadow — Hole #15: Par 4

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With a tailwind, you’ll club down and hammer a wood with backspin which has enough elevation to clear the hill through the trees on its way to the green.  With a headwind, use a high tee and play the same line right at the green.  Cross-winds likely call for a high tee as well to ensure enough loft.

From the back of the box, here’s a nice high-teed 3W that carries down through the gap in the trees onto the green and into the hole!



Pine Meadow — Hole #16: Par 5

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The play off the tee is just to blast out straight ahead…distance is important to ensure an open approach at the green.  Then you’ll just be battling the slope of the green on your approach trying to be close enough for a manageable putt.  After a drive out in the left fairway, this 6-wood settles in a cup on the back-left of the green.



Pine Meadow — Hole #17: Par 3

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For having a flat green, this is often a terribly difficult par 3. The shape of the green is awkward and small with water everywhere, but the kicker is the elevated approach with a hill guarding the front.  That takes some lower-lofted iron approaches out of play and forces you to loft into pins in the front.  Cross-winds are just devastating and make it a really tough birdie.  Here’s a 5-hybrid with a tiny cut to a back-center pin.  With that same look, this 9-wood also finds the hole by cutting into the wind.



Pine Meadow — Hole #18: Par 4

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There are lots of different curve shots you’ll play here…usually anywhere from a 9W to a 3W.  It can be tough to stick the green depending on the wind, and it’s really tough to gauge the impact of the wind as well.  Many players come up short trying to figure it out, so you should try to bail out long with a miss.  Also be careful with backspin which really sucks back due to the green slope.

From the front of the box with a strong wind towards the hole, this 9-wood with bite finds the cup!  And here’s a high 8W with a small cut around the trees that finds the hole.