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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.



Pembroke Links — Golden Tee 2019

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2019 Lamphey, South Wales course.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, golf returns to its roots—to its rugged, long and spectacular origins. Here in Lamphey, South Wales, Pembroke Links provides bold travelers with an opportunity of a lifetime. Ancient ruins can be seen off in the distance; some will even be in play. The Celtic Sea, with the tide methodically coming in and out, creates a rhythm that seems perfect for this style of golf. And then, of course, there is Pembroke’s trademark feature: the bunkers. They are immaculately crafted and reach depths no Golden Tee creation has ever reached before. It would be best to marvel them from a distance rather than from within. This much is certain.

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

GT Par is most commonly -27 to -28 here, depending on whether or not #8 is drivable.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Pembroke Links! 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 GTF club set of choice is below, with the preferred ball being Streaks for advanced players and Grabbers or Razors for casual players:

Check out this podcast (itunes) (anchor) which breaks down each hole on Pembroke Links offering advice to improve your game, but also know that I have listened and accounted for this advice in my hole write-ups already!



Pembroke Links — Hole #1: Par 4

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Some players in rare setups might blast one close to the green for a chip at it, but usually you can line up with the wind anywhere, fairway or not (rough to the right is fine), for your approach.

After laying up in the fairway, here’s a nice 3-wood hole-out to a back pin.

One new tee box here is way back left where you just lay up in the main fairway.



Pembroke Links — Hole #2: Par 4/5

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Often times you can use a high tee and hit a big A1 or C3 into the second fairway, over the creek.  After blasting down to the second fairway, here’s a 6-wood hole-out for double eagle.

Another great layup spot, though, is the fairway island to the left before the water.  It’s big enough that landing it with a driver or 3-wood with bite should not be a problem.  From there, you’ll have another 3-wood or so into the green with an uphill shot.

There’s a new tee box way up left that turns this into a drivable par 4…you’ll have to carry a long wood up into the green and stick it for an eagle putt.



Pembroke Links — Hole #3: Par 3

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There are two large tee boxes here that can offer many different looks.  From the front box, here’s an ace to a center pin.  And here’s a 5-hybrid to a back pin.

From the back box, this driver finds a back pin.

There’s a new tee box behind the water to the left from about 290 yards as well.



Pembroke Links — Hole #4: Par 4

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An offset look with a downhill shot into an hourglass green all contribute to the challenge here, but the green is large enough that you should be able to stick a safe spot.  Three tee boxes offer many different looks.  Don’t chase a sucker pin in a narrow part of the green that could lead to early trouble!

From the left box, this 3-wood does indeed find a center cup.

One new tee box is front-center of the left two boxes from about 260 yards…here’s a 5-wood backspin ace from there.

There’s a new tee box to the left of the back-center box from about 320 yards as well with a tough offset look at the green.



Pembroke Links — Hole #5: Par 5

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Almost always here, I like to play a big driver straight ahead to the right fairway…you only need to get a little ways past the hill to have a clear approach into the green.  This also keeps you close in line with the elevation to the green.

After a really long drive down the right side, here’s a 6-iron hole-out.

There is a ramp here; it likely won’t do you much good but in theory at the right angle it could propel your ball towards the green…however, with Razors or Grabbers and an out wind you could break your long drive record here.  Check out this one that traveled 542 yards!

Playing out to the left is also a fine option, especially if the wind sets up better from that direction — here’s a 3W hole-out with bite from there.

The new tee box here in the back-right doesn’t impact your strategy off the tee.  Nor, I think, does the new box in the front-center.



Pembroke Links — Hole #6: Par 4

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Downhill shot to an up 6 green with another offset look…bite can be a good play with a front pin where you play towards the fat middle part of the green.  Here’s a driver ace to a front pin.

One new tee box is to the right from about 300 yards.

There’s a new tee box here up to the right from about 250 yards as well.



Pembroke Links — Hole #7: Par 3

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Three boxes here offer many looks…some pin placements can be tough and bring that water into play, so be safe!

From the front box, here’s an awesome 9-wood cut into a right pin.

From the back-right box, here’s a 6-wood to a front pin.

There’s another new box up to the right right from only about 65 yards away…here’s a sand wedge that finds the cup.

Another new box is from about 230 into a right 4 green…here’s a 6-wood ace from there.

One more new box is on the other side of the green, about 230 yards into an up 4 green.



Pembroke Links — Hole #8: Par 4

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Here’s a great hole that sometimes changes GT Par…with tough setups it’s just a layup in the main fairway anywhere.  Sometimes birdie can actually gain a stroke on the field with other players getting in trouble with the sand or water.  Here’s a dunk from the fairway to come away with an eagle.

However, I will say that with the right equipment, you really can almost always get there.  Streaks are of tremendous value.  With a tailwind or some cross-winds, the 10.5 driver carries straight at it.  With headwinds, the 8.5 driver cuts through better and can still carry it with Streaks, again right at it.

You could try a C3 or A1 for extra distance…the only “problem” is that it can be very difficult to hold the green.  You need a high tee, so it’s hard to stop the ball on the green sometimes.  Still, having a chip at the hole is better than laying up!  Finally, the front sand bunker is tough…make sure you have a lob wedge if you’re bringing that into play.

From the right box, here’s a driver dunk for the ultra shot!  And here’s a big A1 that finds a back pin.  With shorter looks, a 3-wood can even carry…this one backspun into a right cup!

There’s a new tee box to the back-right where you can still reach the green with a decent wind but would need to lay up with a tough headwind.

Another new tee box is to the front-left where it’s only about 310 yards into the green, making for a much easier eagle.



Pembroke Links — Hole #9: Par 5

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Driving out to the right where you land behind the first half of that sand trap (important so you don’t bring the hill into play) in the fairway presents you a great look, slightly downhill, with driver into the green, especially with the pin in the back right.  This is a terrific option especially with the wind blowing left.  Don’t get too close to the sand because the fairway slopes that way and you can’t make it from the rough.  This driver finds the hole for double eagle.

Another option, especially if the wind is blowing right, is to hit to the left fairway, short-left behind the smiley-face traps.  The wind will help with your approach shot into the green from there where it’s uphill with a 3W or 10.5 driver.  This driver bounced up the hill into a headwind to find the cup, and this 4W works its way up the hill to the hole with a tailwind.

The right-end of this fairway can offer a short shot around the right side of the tower as well — here’s a 7-iron that finds the hole.

Finally, playing out to the back-right end of the left fairway can give you an 8W approach.  I don’t know that this is repeatable, but check out this amazing 8-wood punched through the window after a drive straight ahead towards the tower!  Here’s another one punched through with the 4-wood.  Again, this shouldn’t be necessary if you line up your drive correctly.

There is a new tee box way back-right that shouldn’t impact your strategy off the tee.

There’s another new tee box way out left where, depending on the wind, you can play out left to the rough over the river.  From here it’s a fairly short, unimpeded uphill shot to the green.



Pembroke Links — Hole #10: Par 4

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Here’s one of the toughest approach shots in the game, because you have to carry a shot downhill into a small, tiered green…it’s very challenging to stick the green near the hole for a birdie putt.  One thing you might consider is laying back off the tee for a lower-lofted approach and perhaps more distance flexibility to counteract the wind.  Then again, other players prefer to be closer to the hole, but that brings a 6/7/8W shot into play from the first fairway.

It’s the same problem if you try to blast down into the second fairway or down in that rough…this is fine, but you’ll have a higher lofted club and more of a potential gap problem in your club set.  That is somewhat counteracted by not having to shoot as far downhill, so it’s up to your preference.

Bite is a good option for pins on the upper tier, and backspin can be fine for the lower tier since the tier can act as a backboard.

After laying up top with the drive, this 8-wood trickles down into a back pin.

There is a new tee box up to the right from about 390 yards that makes this hole drivable at times!  Here’s a great driver with backspin that settles into the cup.

There’s also one from the left at 400+ yards that allows you to get there with a decent wind…check out this big C3 driver that works down into the hole!



Pembroke Links — Hole #11: Par 3

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

From the center box, here’s a 7-hybrid that spins back to a front pin.

And from the left box, this 8-wood finds a right pin.

There’s a new box off to the right from about 220 yards offering a look at an up 4 green.

There’s another new box on the other side where it’s only about 100 yards into a down 2 green.



Pembroke Links — Hole #12: Par 5

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It’s always worth a look to see if you can reach the second fairway out left, which offers an easier approach that is less uphill.  However, it’s not worth attempting if you aren’t positive you can make it.

A great option there every time is to hit something like a 6W to the left-center fairway area…there’s a sand trap diving this into two parts, and I love to be on the right portion.  Aim to land the first half here and use bite to settle…it slopes down into the rough so you have to be careful not to go too far!  But after sticking this area, it’s a really nice uphill shot with a 4W or so into the green where the rough can help a shot with backspin settle by the hole.

Finally, you can play the short-right fairway…hitting out to the end here also leaves you with a wood approach into the green, but it’s not quite as good an angle as from the other fairways.

There’s a new box back-right that might eliminate the second far fairway as an option.



Pembroke Links — Hole #13: Par 4

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When taking aim here, make sure you hold down the fly-by button, as there are bushes on top of the hill you might hit!  Most of the time it’s good to aim as straight at you can at the green and then compensate by playing a small cut around the hill with a lofted club, sometimes a high-tee to help avoid hitting the hill.

It’s a big green and with the wind and a forced cut shot, it can be tough to get close to the pin, so you may have a longer putt at times.

It’s often a 6-wood…if so, remember to apply extra cut since it takes more to get the 6-wood to curve.  Here’s a great example ace around to a left pin.

There’s a new tee box here way off to the right offering a straight shot at the green from around 290 yards…here’s a driver ace from there.

Another new tee box is tucked back left from about 250 yards forcing more of a cut around the hill.

A third new box is directly behind the originals from around 290 yards, where you just work a longer wood around the hill instead…this 3-wood finds the cup for an ace.



Pembroke Links — Hole #14: Par 3

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This can be a nasty par 3…you’re shooting way downhill with a strong wind and a lofted club, so it certainly challenges your shot-making skills.  Often times a low-tee is great to both compensate for a gap in clubs and better fight the wind and elevation.  Two pretty big tee boxes really mix things up too.

From the back box, here’s a 7-wood with bite to a front-center pin.

There’s a new tee box from the other side of the water with an up 4 slope from about 120 yards.

Another new box is off to the left with a down 3, left 3 approach — here’s a 9-iron ace from there.



Pembroke Links — Hole #15: Par 4

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Front pins are the ones that can get you in trouble…you have to make sure to carry the green first and foremost, but the down 7 makes it hard to stay in the front.  Short shots will call for that lob wedge out of the sand again.  With a down 7, you’d prefer NOT to use a tee so you can apply backspin, but make sure to hit it hard enough as the the approach is elevated with a wall in front of the green.

From the back box, this 5-wood dunks to a front pin.

There’s a new tee box up left offering a different angle from about 270 yards…here’s a 5-wood floated in from there.



Pembroke Links — Hole #16: Par 4

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There’s a $500 bounty for whoever is the first to ace this hole, which is made possible by blasting an A1 with roll (some are achieving this with a low tee) and hoping to catch the turbo ramp to propel your shot towards the green.  So it’s fun just to try this most of the time anyway…however, if you are playing an important match, you might not want to mess around with that shot because we’ve seen the ramp propel drives into the water instead, which can ruin a round.

Pretty much anywhere out to the left is fine here.  You might have to clear some elevation from farther out left, though, so that you’re safely over the fairway hill on the approach.  Because of that, it can be advantageous just to hit straight or use a high tee up the fairway hill for a clearer approach with a 6W or 7W.

After playing straight ahead to the left, here’s a 4-wood hole-out.

One new tee box here is behind all the others and doesn’t change your strategy to lay up in the fairway.

Another new box is way right and brings a new fairway into play, up to the right of the water, but over some castle walls!



Pembroke Links — Hole #17: Par 3

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Pins on the bottom tier are much easier to attack than pins on the top, as you have options to either roll down into it or just fly and bite that lower tier.

From the farthest box, here’s a driver ace to a front pin.  Here’s another with a 4-wood with bite, also into the lower tier.

From the shorter box over the water, here’s a 6-iron to a front pin.

And here’s an 8-iron ace from the other side with the water behind the green.

There’s a new tee box out left to a right 8 slope from about 200 yards.

Another new box offers a short shot from about 75 yards into a down 8 slope.



Pembroke Links — Hole #18: Par 4

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This is a pretty tough finishing hole – lots of varying distances off the tee, and it might take some time to figure out the distance and how much the wind affects your shot.  The green is small, awkward and tough to hit, and the up 10 slope might give you a tough downhill putt.

Tailwinds offer you the ability to use a medium tee with bite to hold the green, while headwinds often require a high tee.  Coming up short is awful because you’re both wet and will get an awful drop, where it will be even harder to get up and down for par.  So long is the better bail-out spot where at least you have a chip onto the green.

Here’s a 3-wood dunk for the ultra shot!

One new box is way up left from only about 230 yards.

Another new box is to the right from only about 260 yards — here’s an ace from there.

Another new box is in the back-right from 350+ yards making it difficult to even reach the green with certain setups.



Agave Ranch — Golden Tee 2019

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

As the sun deliberately dips beyond the horizon, Agave Ranch comes to life. The lights above turn on as the temperatures dip, putting a spotlight on this 18-hole course smack-dab in Scottsdale, Arizona. But the desert has company. Amid the cacti, dust and occasional body of water, players will be surrounded by stands and even a stadium to celebrate competitive golf in a way Golden Tee has never known. And the illuminated sunset, when day and night meet, might just be the greatest backdrop the game has ever known.

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

GT Par is most commonly -28 here, although #1 and #2 are rarely there for a potential setup of -30.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2019 Golden Tee course Agave Ranch! 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 GTF club set of choice is below, with the preferred ball being Streaks for advanced players and Grabbers or Razors for casual players:

Check out this podcast (itunes) (anchor) which breaks down each hole on Agave Ranch offering advice to improve your game, but also know that I have listened and accounted for this advice in my hole write-ups already!



Agave Ranch — Hole #1: Par 4

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Rare setups make this hole drivable.  Also check out this ramp that was discovered by using a low-teed 8.5 driver with Razors that shot up straight ahead by the green!

Otherwise just choose a spot in the fairway to safely avoid the sand for your approach, which is slightly uphill.  After laying back in the fairway straight with the wind, here’s a hole-out to a front pin.  After a long drive, this wedge dunks for the ultra shot.

There’s a new box to the left but it still can be worth trying a C3 driver with roll just in case you catch a ramp and carry the green!

Another new box is right of the original front box where a nice tailwind could present an opportunity to drive the green.  This big A1 finds the cup!



Agave Ranch — Hole #2: Par 4

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Rare setups make this hole drivable from the front box.

Some players can even reach from the middle box especially by using Streaks – check out this huge C3 that finds the hole!

After a drive down the fairway, here’s an example hole-out.

One new tee box is left of the original middle box where it’s not very likely to drive the green, although you could put it close for a chip.