Stateside Classics Tournament (November 9th, 2020)
A fresh 9-Hole Cup is starting and it features all the holes from Vineyard acres.
Without wasting any more time, let’s jump right into the text guide for the Stateside Classics Tournament.
Vineyard Acres Hole #1 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||Max Right; Max Top; Max Curl Right|
|🏐 Ball||Titan (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
Starting this 9-Hole Tournament just right with a Par 4 where you can go for the green with your drive, so use a driver with good distance as well as a ball with at least Power III.
Aim the landing position of the ball behind the rough spot next to the bunker and add curl and also overpower if you need to and you will get on the green.
If you do, under heavy headwind or without the required ball, not get that far you still have a comfortable spot to approach the pin from here so go for that drive.
Vineyard Acres Hole #2 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||3 Back; Max Right|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Sniper Level 5+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Viper (Rookie)|
Fairly decent Par 3 here and your wood club should be the one that has the best backspin. The Sniper is better when it comes to accuracy and ball guideline but without the needed backspin you shouldn’t use it.
You play near the rough line and use the sidespin to point directly towards the pin and try to hit the ball perfect with the right wind adjustment (you play downhill here, so mind the 20% extra adjustment). Overall a good chance for the hole-in-one.
Santa Ventura Hole #3 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||2-5 Top; Max Left|
|Ball||Quasar (Rookie), Titan (Pro/Expert)|
|Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Goliath (Rookie/Pro/Expert) Sniper (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
For the drive, you should use a ball with a good amount of sidespin so you can get around that corner on the fairway and reach further down without having to use much curl.
If you do have at least 4 bars of sidespin you don’t need any curl and you can simply add in more topspin to gain more distance with your drive here – and gaining that distance will help you a lot in reaching the green in your second shot.
In your second shot you can theoretically go for the albatross but it’s really hard as the green and the fairway are anything but even in this area, but you can get close towards the pin for the secure eagle here on this Par 5 in the Stateside Classics Tournament.
Using a wood here with a good ball guideline helps a lot and you don’t need any spin with this shot as long as you make sure that your second bounce will on the fairway right in front of the fringe.
Santa Ventura Hole #4 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||2 Top; 2 Right|
|Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Quasar (Pro/Expert)|
|Club(s)||Backbone (Rookie)||Sniper (Pro/Expert)|
This is a fairly easy Par 3 here in the Stateside Classics Tournament and you should use the long iron with the best accuracy you have to get the best chances for the hole-in-one.
You want to bounce over the bunker here so you will need a little topspin to make the ball bounce that far and with the green elevating as well you should have that little extra power here. Another aspect is that if you have no topspin you could roll back and have an ugly second shot and that’s not what you want, right?
So, then aim directly for the pin and do a perfect shot.
Santa Ventura Hole #5 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||3 Back; Max Left; 50% Curl Left|
|? Ball||Titan (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|? Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
This Par 3 here in the Ventura Open Tournament is really interesting as you can reach the green with your drive when you’re able to use a Power III ball.
You will use the left fairway spot between the trees to directly bounce on the green and the backspin will help you to stay on the green and not to roll into the rough on the other side of the green.
I highly recommend you to practice this shot before the tournament or before doing it in the tournament to make sure you don’t do this the first time here.
But that’s a great way for a secure eagle here at this Par 4.
Juniper Point Hole #6 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top||3-4 Back, Max Right|
|🏐 Ball||Titan (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Viper (Rookie), Sniper (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
The problem with this hole that many have is that playing on the right side is not tempting as the rough spot there that you have to bounce over is not easy to play so they play on the left side over the island.
I wouldn’t recommend going over the left side because if you get stuck there in the rough you can basically throw this hole into the trash and you will not get anything here and the right side is a lot more likely to get you something like an eagle.
So, in your drive, you need a Power III ball to get that distance and also a driver that has the most distance and you can then use max topspin and you will get into a good spot.
In your second shot, you can now approach the pin directly with a wood club and you need some backspin and also maximum sidespin to the right and aim that your second bounce is on the fringe (as you can see in the image).
This is one of the best opportunities to albatross in the Stateside Classics Tournament.
Juniper Point Hole #7 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||1-2 Top|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Quasar (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Viper (Rookie), Sniper Level 4+ (Rookie)||Quarterback (Pro/Expert)|
The Par-3’s are not easy in the Coast To Coast Tournament and this one is also not easy, like the earlier ones.
To be honest here, all you are looking for is to get on the green and keep the ball near the pin for the birdie here, everything else is pure bonus. If you are too hot you will get over the green and if you’re not giving the ball enough power you will roll back from the green, that’s the tough thing here. My personal preference here is about 1.5 bars of topspin.
Vineyard Acres Hole #8 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||3-4 Top; 2-3 Right||3 Back; 2-3 Left|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Quasar (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Experte), Quarterback (Pro/Expert)||Sniper Level 4+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert); Viper (Rookie)|
I really recommend you to play this hole here on the right-hand side, it makes it easier.
The drive is fairly easy, some topspin and sidespin and you want to lay the ball up in a good spot, no need to risk some extra yards or go all-in here, just make sure to stay away from the rough with some sidespin and you’re good to go.
Now you need some sidespin to the left to get the direction right and also some backspin to prevent coming in too hot, otherwise you will simply bounce on that round fairway spot in front of the green with the second bounce on the green.
This will give you a nice chance for the eagle.
Vineyard Acres Hole #9 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||Max Right; 2-4 Top; Max Curl Right||2 Top|
|🏐 Ball||Katana (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Apocalypse (Pro/Expert)||Backbone (Rookie)|
This Par 5 is also a really great chance to albatross in the Stateside Classics Tournament as long as you use a ball with a lot of sidespin so you can bounce over the river with your drive.
You also need to use curl to really get far down the fairway on the other side so make sure that you have enough space to the rough line to not risk getting into the rough.
Do not use maximum sidespin, this will risk to get too far and the fairway slopes down to the left side and you can then roll into the rough. That’s why I think 4 bars should be maximum here.
Now it’s time to approach the pin directly with your second shot to get the albatross and you need to do a rough bump here to make the ball slow enough when playing such a huge distance in the second shot.
A little topspin and aim straight for the pin with the second bounce on the green and this will give you the right speed to pocket the ball or, worst-case, lay next to the pin.