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Misty Springs Breakdown — Golden Tee 2008

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This section breaks down how to play each hole at Golden Tee’s Misty Springs, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, which was voted the 2nd hardest of the 2008 courses by the expert community. Hole #18 is the consensus hardest hole in all of Golden Tee Live 2008. Hole #16 is one of the second toughest holes, and hole #11 also got votes for one of the hardest holes.

Check back here and learn even more tips and tricks, and how to play from each of the tee boxes on the course!

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Clubs and Balls to use on Misty Springs

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Golden Tee tips tricks hints shortcuts golf game 2007 2008 2009 live arcade courses misty springs clubs ballsAfter polling several of the experts, there are three different ways people choose to set up for Golden Tee Live 2008 Misty Springs.

The overwhelming majority of the pros prefer to play Misty Springs with the old hybrids (”old birds”) and the orange balls. Another popular choice is to use the low-loft (FTX) clubs and the D2 (high-spin) balls. Finally, a small group likes to play with the low-loft (FTX) clubs and the orange balls.

Of course, the choice is yours, but it’s helpful to know how the pros set up to play Misty Springs!

Misty Springs — Hole #1: Par 4

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Only one tee box, but you can be placed anywhere on it. If you’re on the front of the tee box, you can get there with a power straight shot or an A1 or C3 (watch the trees on the right) driver. Also notice where the pin is — you don’t want to end up with a 150-foot putt that won’t get there.  Here’s a leadoff ace right at it!

Here’s a hole-out from the fairway.

Misty Springs — Hole #2: Par 4

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Just hit to the left side of the fairway here and you won’t have to worry about the hill or trees on the right. Here’s an example hole-out.  Even if you run up the hill on the right, it will roll back down to the middle and you should be fine.

Misty Springs — Hole #3: Par 3

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If the pin is hugging the edge, it makes it tougher to attack the flag here, but you should still come away with birdie.  Here’s an example hole-out.

You may want to club up and play a small right-to-left hook with backspin to tuck the ball up to a left-side pin placement.

Misty Springs — Hole #4: Par 5

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A few different tee boxes here, but the same layup spot every time. Hit to the right side of the fairway and leave yourself a nice 5-wood or 3-wood into the green, which will usually require some kind of B3 shot to curve around the trees. Here’s a nice hole-out to a back pin.  And check out the incredible breaks this shot gets!

If you’re hitting the 5-wood and the pin is on the left, watch out for the branch sticking out without any leaves visible, because there are invisileaves there! Here’s a great hole-out cutting around the trees. Even if you end up in one of the bunkers on the right off your drive, you can still get there in 2, and you have a better angle. Be wary of hitting a low-lofted iron, especially if you’re curving it, because you still need to clear the water in front of the green!  This was NOT a good shot, but it ended up in the hole!

Misty Springs — Hole #5: Par 4

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Always drivable from any tee box.

If you’re on the big left box, it’s usually a straight shot.

If you’re on one of the 3 to the right, you’ll have to curve it around some trees. Backspin is usually required, but not always.  Here’s a nice ace with a small cut around the trees, and here’s a great driver hole-out from the far right box!

Misty Springs — Hole #6: Par 3

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This green slopes to the right towards water, so make sure you’re not coming in from a left-to-right angle, or you may very well find that water (especially if you applied backspin, which can help pull it in the water too)!  With a back pin, this shot worked well.

Misty Springs — Hole #7: Par 5

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Two shortcut options here, and both will challenge you.

From some tee boxes, you can turn left a few times and hit a 5-wood or 3-wood over the trees and onto the green landing zone in the forest (this is the one with the outhouse). This patch leaves a nice path through gaps in the trees to the green. If you hit past this, you’re still ok, but watch out for the bear! Don’t be short, or you won’t get there in 2. More importantly, if you’re on the brown crap, watch out when trying to curve it a little. It will destroy your distance but seemingly hook more.

If you can’t make that spot, or if you don’t like it, turn left even more and you’ll notice a green patch next to the river. Hit a 2-iron or driver down there so you don’t clip any leaves, and you’ll leave yourself with a driver or 3-wood with backspin to the green. This approach shot is long and narrow and can be difficult, especially with a wind blowing left.

There are also setups where you can blast a driver straight down the fairway far enough to allow you to curve the ball into the green in 2.

Finally, ALWAYS notice where the pin is here. If it’s close to the edge, don’t miss your putt or you can go into the water!

Misty Springs — Hole #8: Par 4

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Another always drivable par 4 from all tee boxes. Sometimes you’ll be set up for a straight 5-wood to driver, but mostly you’ll be hitting a B1 around the left of the trees with a 5-wood to driver. If you can land the green, don’t use backspin – just let the hill stop your ball. But if you think you need to skip it across the water or bounce over the water (sometimes you’ll want to hit a full A1 2-iron), backspin can help stop it. Don’t worry about going too far, because the hill behind the green is quite forgiving, but don’t hit the hill on the fly either!  This nice driver bounced gently back off the hill and in!

Misty Springs — Hole #9: Par 4

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Sometimes the tee box is across the water and it makes this hole more difficult, but the key is just to hammer your tee shot down the fairway (either an A1 or a long, straight drive down the left side) and stay away from the trees on the right. Even if you’re in the middle of the fairway, the trees can be in the way of your approach shot, so stay long and left!

Misty Springs — Hole #10: Par 4

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You’ll be hitting to 1 of 2 fairways here, but either should be easy — just hit it far and leave a good approach shot.

From the right tees, you can blast an A1 far enough out to leave a nice approach shot.  If possible, though, try to roll your ball off the top fairway down onto the lower section so you’re level with the green for your approach shot.  It’s much easier from here.  Here’s a long, hanging hole-out from up top!

If you’re on the left fairway and the pin is at the top right, there’s a tiny hill in the back of the green that’s a nice backstop.  Here’s a hole-out coming in from the left.

Either way, be careful with your approach shot. The green is way downhill so the wind will certainly grab it more.

Misty Springs — Hole #11: Par 4

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This is a very tough, long par 4.

From the 3 left boxes, the tee shot is easier – just hit an A1 around the trees and back down the fairway, leaving an easy iron to 3-wood approach shot.  Here’s a short hole-out available from a generous tee box.

If you’re on one of the right 2 boxes, here comes trouble. Aim one rotation left of the trees you have to get around, and hit an A1.5 or A2 2-iron to 3-iron with backspin. If you barely clip the leaves on the last tree you have to get around, you’ve achieved the best shot possible. You will end up on the right side of the fairway with a straight driver to 3-wood approach shot.  If the wind is strong in your face, consider a 5-wood around the trees with backspin, because the wind will help push it to the right side where you need to be.

If you miss all the trees but are still in the fairway, you’re still in decent shape – you’ll just have to hit a B3 3-wood to driver around the trees on the left. Watch out for leaves up top. Consider using roll if you might come up short with a back pin – roll will help the ball climb the upslope on the green.

If your tee shot doesn’t get around these trees and ends up in the forest, it sucks in there (although you may run into Bigfoot and all the other animals in there, which is fun unless they are in your way)! Just get out safely without hitting another tree.

Misty Springs — Hole #12: Par 3

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Pin placement can make it tough to attack the pin, but the green is large – make sure you get birdie at worst!  There are tee boxes on all sides here!  Here’s a hole-out from one side.  Check out this hole-out from the other side.  Here’s another hole-out from across the lake.

Misty Springs — Hole #13: Par 5

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Several different tee boxes here, but you’ll always be shooting at the same spot. You want to shoot out to the very left side of this crooked fairway, getting as far left and close to the trees as you can while still staying in the fairway (the rough is usually fine too though). From there, you’ll see plenty of gaps in the trees for you to hit a 3-wood or driver through to the green.

If you’re on a close tee box and feel lucky, go ahead and hit a C3 into the left of the forest, landing in the brown crap. Don’t go too far left or there’s water. From here you should also have an opening to shoot straight in with a 4-iron to 3-wood.

Usually, it’s the farther left, the better.  If you’re farther away from the trees, it’s a driver.  If you’re closer, it’s a 3-wood because you’ll need more loft to get over the hill.

If you get the easier tee box, you can play it long down the right side and still have a shot into the green in two.  Here’s a hole-out from there.

Misty Springs — Hole #14: Par 4

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You need to get through the narrow neck of the fairway, past the trees on the left, to have a clean look at the green in two (will probably require a 350+ drive). If you’re really far back, you might turn right and hit a C3 for added distance. If you still can’t drive past those trees, you may have to hit a B3 5-wood or 3-wood around the trees into the green.  Usually, a long, straight B2 drive with topspin gets you far enough to be fine for the approach.  Here’s a straight hole-out after a nice long drive.

Misty Springs — Hole #15: Par 4

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This hole is usually drivable – just use your placement on the tee box and the wind to know whether it’s best to go around the right side or the left side of the trees.

If you’re somewhere in the middle, it’s a nice wood shot to the green.  Here’s a pretty straight hole-out.

If you’re on the right behind the trees, you may be able to A1 around or C3 around. Watch out for the water!  Here’s a nice little cut shot around the trees.

If you’re on the left, don’t try anything stupid. Just lay up, and not with a C3 2-iron because that will get to the water. Watch your approach shot, too, as this green slopes to the right towards water.  Here’s a hole-out from there.

Misty Springs — Hole #16: Par 5

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This is the second toughest hole ever, and the toughest par 5 ever. There are 2 ways to get eagle here.

If the wind somewhere between barely going left to all the way right, hit far down the left side of the fairway (C3 may be good for added distance). Try to leave yourself with a 5-wood approach shot. In no way is this an easy 2nd shot, but you need to then hit a B1 backspin around the trees by the green, just barely missing left of the left-most tree, to stick the green. Hitting water or trees on this shot is a good possibility, but keep practicing!  Here’s a cut shot that used the hill to get the job done!

If the wind is going hard left, get as far to the right side of the fairway as possible. Your second shot will be a 5-iron to 5-wood through the larger gap in the trees on the right. I don’t know how this got through, but there are holes in the trees if you get lucky! If you hit a tree, 99% of the time you will stay on top of the hill, where you are still only a chip shot away. Then make sure you rotate 2 or 3 times to the right to adjust for the wind if hitting a lob wedge or sand wedge down to the green.

Misty Springs — Hole #17: Par 3

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This hole can set up VERY tough! You can have anywhere between an 80-yard shot and a 250-yard shot. The green slopes big time left towards the water, and the wind is usually wicked.

If you’re really close with a sick crosswind, try Sobe’s “arcade shot”. This is when you go left of the hole (if the wind is going right) instead of looking at the hole, then hit a B3 “schwerve”. For example, let’s say you’re 100yds out, with a down 8 green and a wind 16mph to the right. Click one to the left of the green, hit a smooth B3 9-iron with backspin. It will start hooking to the left to combat the wind, but the loftiness of the club will let the wind take it back right to the green. This is one of the toughest shots in the game to master. If you can chip a 5-iron or 6-iron 80 yards, this might be a better option for you.

If you’re across the water, it’s normally a 5-wood shot. But if the wind is behind you and you know your 5-wood is too much club, hit a 2-iron backspin into the hill on the right of the green. From the end of the green to about 20′ right, your ball will bounce off and onto the green.  Here’s an example hole-out with a high-lofted wood.

Remember, if you get wet with any tee shot here, you will be shooting from the hill on top of the green, which can be scary. But, you can always putt from here to save par.

Misty Springs — Hole #18: Par 4

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An “always” drivable par 4. If this hole looks like death, that’s because it just killed the foursome in front of you. This is THE toughest hole in all of Golden Tee Golf.

From the front box closest to the trees, a 5-wood will get under the trees if you’re close. If you’re on the back half of this box, you have to go around the leaves.  Here’s an awesome 5-wood cut shot.

The box behind or to the left of that gives you a nice wood shot to the green.  Here’s a B1 3-wood that was intercepted on its way back to the water :).  Here’s an incredible 3-wood bank shot off the video board!

From all other boxes is where the shot multiplies exponentially in toughness. So from any other box, you will have to hit a “lucky” shot through the trees, missing all the trunks, leaves, water, and sand!

Laying up on this hole is sometimes an option, but be careful where you lay up. You might give yourself a worse shot to try to stick! If you lay up far down the fairway, make sure the wind is blowing left where you end up, because you will have a crazy sloping right green. A lot of putts and chips end up in the water in front of the green because of the severe slope.

One more note – some guys are ending up with stroke limit on this hole because of a rock in front of the green. They will have a chip roll off the front of the green towards the water, but instead of getting wet, it gets lodged under a rock and there’s no escape! As if this hole needed any more obstacles…