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Ruby Rock — Golden Tee 2017

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Here are some early screenshots of the course!  Here is the official preview of the new 2017 Colorado Springs course.

This is not your typical Rocky Mountain voyage. While Colorado Springs has a seat at the 2017 table, the Garden of the Gods is where the elements seemingly blend together. Ruby Rock is a combination of destinations. The red rocks plastered throughout will alter the path of wayward tee shots and approaches. And the tactically placed hazards along with the dusty, persistent dirt—an element that should not be merely glossed over—make proper shot placement a must.”

Here is a 6-hole demo from the Golden Tee Lounge!

Here is a YouTube demo of all 18 holes from the beta version!

GT Par is consistently -28 on this course.

This post contains tips, tricks, and information related to the 2017 Golden Tee course Ruby Rock! 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.

Ruby Rock — Hole #1: Par 4

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With a big C3 off the tee you can get pretty close to the green on this, and it doesn’t hurt to try so that you can have a chip at it!

Here’s an 8-iron hole-out to start the game.

Ruby Rock — Hole #2: Par 4

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You can usually take aim straight at this green and curve around the left, or sometimes to the right, of the main mountain to get to the green.  It’s easy to overcut or underestimate the loft, which can leave you in trouble early, so consider playing a little safer to give yourself that putt for an eagle chance.

From the back box, this 4-wood went straight through the gap to find a left pin.  And this high-teed 8-wood dunked to a front pin.

Here’s a 5-wood over the right corner to a right pin.  And here’s another 5-wood with more cut around to a left pin.

Check out this incredible 5-wood off the rock that bounces high over and eventually into the hole!

Ruby Rock — Hole #3: Par 3

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From the left box, here’s a 6-iron ace to a right pin.

Ruby Rock — Hole #4: Par 5

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Take advantage of setups where you can drive the second fairway, which makes this hole a lot easier.  This should always be possible from the front and middle box (from the middle box, play a big C3 out there to the left side of the second fairway).  Here’s a 7-wood hole-out from there.

With a back box and/or tough wind, the safest play is on the downslope of the left side of the first fairway, from which you’ll be able to curve a wood around into the green (although this is typically a pretty tough shot).  Here’s a very nice 3-wood hole-out from there.  The middle of the fairway can be okay too…better than being left in the rough too far up the hill.  Here’s a great curved-in driver to a front pin!

It’s a riskier tee shot, but especially with a left pin, you’ll have a straight shot into the green by driving farther down into the rough left of the first fairway.  You won’t be able to put any curve on the ball out of the rough, but a straight shot in is nice…there’s not as much elevation to clear as you might think from towards the bottom of the hill.  Here’s a picture of the look from there.
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Another option, usually less successful at eagle, is to look short and right over the mountains to the grassy landing area before it drops down to the stream.  You’ll want to be back a bit so you aren’t too far down the downslope, and also usually pretty far right to give yourself a shot into the green.  Being too far left is no good because you can’t curve your shot out of the rough.  This affords you a 3-wood or driver through the gap so you can at least reach the center of the green.  Here’s an example shot from that area.  You can see how a 5/6-wood is good from this spot, but you also see how you’d be in trouble if the pin was on the right side of the green.  Due to the difficulty to accurately place a tee shot where you need it, given a certain pin placement, I don’t usually recommend this spot off the tee.

Ruby Rock — Hole #5: Par 4

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This tough par 4 early in the round can present some nasty setups that will challenge your curve accuracy to avoid the mountains on the the approach.  Other setups require only a small cut and should be a pretty easy eagle.

From the front box, this 5-wood cuts nicely into a front pin.  And this 7-wood takes straight aim at a right pin.

From the back-left box, this high-teed 3-wood cut perfectly into a front-center pin.  Here’s another great one to a back pin.  It’s difficult to get the perfect cut to avoid the rocks and the water and keep it on the green.

There’s also a rare look from a front-right box that offers a very easy straight-in look at the green…here’s a 3-wood ace from there.

If you’re unlucky, or lucky (depending how you’re feeling after this tee shot), you may find the pot of gold!

Ruby Rock — Hole #6: Par 3

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Multiple tee boxes offer many different approaches here.  From the left box, this 9-wood dunks to a right pin.

From the back-center box, here’s a 7-wood ace.

From the far-right box, this 9-iron finds a back pin.

Ruby Rock — Hole #7: Par 5

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The ideal place to be off the tee is far up in the right fairway, which is possible with some setups.  Here’s a 3-wood hole-out from just past the narrow neck where it opens up more.  Even with tough setups, you can aim for the fairway neck to the right of the water…you’ll need to be this far to have enough distance on the approach.

Another option is to curl your drive around to the left fairway and loft in your approach.  If you go this route, don’t hit it too far because trees block the approach if you get too close.  So lay back by using backspin towards the center of this fairway spot.

Ruby Rock — Hole #8: Par 4

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This is usually a high-teed wood right at the green where you’ll just have to worry about the wind and the distance, as it’ll clear all mountain obstacles.  With a front pin, err to the center of the green since there’s water short.  With a left pin, you may not even need a high tee…here’s a 4-wood backspun to a front pin.  Here’s another cut around the rock to spin back to a right pin.

From the back-right box, this 3-wood was overcut into the rock but got a miraculous bounce onto the green and into the cup!

Ruby Rock — Hole #9: Par 5

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Either layup shortcut spot straight ahead works, but both still provide challenging shots into the green.  You’ll often have to cut around a tall mountain using as much loft as you can get away with.  Take what the tee box gives you and hit the back-right side of either layup spot to give you the best chance on either approach.

The left landing area usually leaves you a straight shot or a small curve around the right side of the rock into the green.  Here’s a nice 5-wood hole-out.  And here’s a great 3-wood with cut into a left pin!

From the right end of the right area, this 4-wood cut nicely through the rocks to find a back pin.  From farther back, this 4-wood cut around to a left pin.

This nice family found a stray shot!

Ruby Rock — Hole #10: Par 3

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From the center box, here’s a 9-iron ace to a left pin.  And here’s an 8-iron ace to a back-right pin.

Ruby Rock — Hole #11: Par 4

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Your goal here is to land safely in the fairway with an open approach to the green.  Getting too aggressive could mean trouble!  Here’s a nice hole-out to a front pin.  Even if you play straight ahead from the tee and lay back, you can still get there — here’s a nice driver hole-out.

Be careful cutting the corner here – you could get a bad deflection and end up somewhere terrible like this, ruining your round.

Ruby Rock — Hole #12: Par 5

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You can go left or right off the tee depending on the setup, but coming in from the right is safer since you won’t be hitting over water.  You’ll still need to make sure to play your approach out right far enough to avoid the pesky rock.  You may also consider laying back farther than a long driver, since you can cut lower-lofted woods more into this green (especially with a right-blowing wind).  You have to try to cut into the green and hope to end up with a clear putt.

Here’s a nice hole-out to a front-center pin.  With the pin in the back left, this 4-wood caught a nice hop after a perfect cut!

Another option off the tee is to try to get your drive farther right, out in the rough…you won’t be able to cut your shot into the green, but if you’re out far enough, you won’t have to!  Check out this example hole-out from the rough right of the sand.

Going left off the tee presents an equally if not more challenging approach into the green.  You might not be able to go right at the green because you’ll still have mountain in the way.  Check out this amazing 3-wood with big cut into a back pin!

Ruby Rock — Hole #13: Par 4

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Pick your favorite layup spot off the tee here given the conditions — lots of options along the fairway.  From the left end of the front fairway, here’s a 6-wood hole-out.

Ruby Rock — Hole #14: Par 3

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Here’s a nice 4-wood cut into a back-right pin.  And here’s a long 3-wood that settles into a front pin.

Even if you go long, you can get some nice bounces back…check this one out!  And this 3-wood was way long but made its way back down to find the hole too!

Ruby Rock — Hole #15: Par 5

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From the front box, a turbo A1 drive can put you in the sand by the green for a chip at DE.

Otherwise, best place to be is out in the second fairway if the conditions offer it…you’ll have a shorter straight-in approach from there.

Next best place is from the end of the first fairway, this 4-wood had enough loft for a hole-out to a right pin.

It’s also an option to play out to the rough to the right, back far enough to bring something like a 6-wood in over the trees to the green.

Ruby Rock — Hole #16: Par 4

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You can either take straight aim and club up to play a smaller cut around the mountain to the green, or turn right and play more of a cut into it (although you’ll be coming in with the slope towards the water).  But if you’re short, there’s a big drop off to the sand.

From the center box, this high-teed 3-wood cuts into a back left pin.  This one played lower to catch the hill and cut into a front-left pin.  And this 3-wood took straighter aim to find a left pin.

From the back box, this driver took straight aim and shot out right to bounce up onto the green and in the hole!  Here’s another clubbed-up driver rammed into the hill to bounce up and find a left pin.

Ruby Rock — Hole #17: Par 3

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Different tee boxes offer several different angled shots into this steeply-sloped green.  From the center box, here’s an ace to a front pin.

Be careful with the elevation from the right boxes and a front pin, as it’s easy to be short (and wet) if you are too aggressive.  From the right front box, here’s a gap wedge ace.

From the right center box, here’s a nice hole-in-one to a front pin.  And here’s a great lower-lofted ace to a tough back-right pin.  This one was short but got a couple amazing bounces up to find the hole!

From the right-back box, this 7-wood spins back to a front pin.

Ruby Rock — Hole #18: Par 4

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First note is that this hole plays shorter than it seems, and you’ll lose many a tee shot long in the water while figuring out the right distance to land shorter and hold your backspin on the green.  It’s most often a left-to-right around the mountain, but sometimes around the right can be a better play with the conditions.

From the front-right box, you can take straighter aim and play a small cut around the side…here’s a great 3-wood curled around for the ace.

From the back box, it can be driver or 3-wood cut around.  Here’s a nice driver ace.  Here’s a great 3-wood with backspin to a back-right pin.  And this low-teed driver bounced back to a back pin.

Here’s a high-teed driver around the right side coming in hot!  Here’s a smooth 3-wood around the right that tucks into a front-left pin.