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Playing Valhalla! What do I need...


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#1 johndagolfer

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:56 PM

....to do to get ready?

I won a round for four through a work raffle!  But after seeing the reviews and some pictures of how difficult the holes are, I am getting a bit nervous.

On most full sized courses I shoot mid to high 80's.  I am not the greatest of ball strikers.  I normally hit my driver 250 carry and roll out.  My problem is that my irons suck!  There are days when I can hit 50 to 60% fairways and only hit 15% greens in reg.  The only thing that saves me from a really high number is that my pitching and chipping are pretty decent.

My round is scheduled for mid-September, so I have plenty of time to practice.  That being said, if I can improve my game where i can start shooting lower 80s from a regular 6500 yard course, which tee boxes should I play from at Valhalla.

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:36 PM

What do you need?  To go have fun and enjoy the course.  Pay attention to what your caddie says.  Not a time to focus on trying to shoot your best round ever but a time to enjoy the experience.  If you do that, you might be surprised at your score at the end of the round.  I was as I shot several strokes better than my handicap at the time.

Play the right tee boxes for you.  Played with a friend the first time who HAD to play from the tips.  His round was not as enjoyable as mine was.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:41 PM

 highscoreinky, on 17 May 2018 - 02:36 PM, said:

What do you need?  To go have fun and enjoy the course.  Pay attention to what your caddie says.  Not a time to focus on trying to shoot your best round ever but a time to enjoy the experience.  If you do that, you might be surprised at your score at the end of the round.  I was as I shot several strokes better than my handicap at the time.

Play the right tee boxes for you.  Played with a friend the first time who HAD to play from the tips.  His round was not as enjoyable as mine was.

Based on my scores from 6500 yards on a decent course should I play from 6200 at Valhalla?

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:53 PM

I caddied at Valhalla in the 90s and have seen all types of players tee it up out there. IMO, you should play from two tees up, but I can certainly understand if you want to play from one tee up (in the ~6700yd range).

The issue is that your irons will really be tested from one tee up, and I guarantee this will affect how you feel about your time out there. Two tees up will be a LOT more enjoyable!
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