Northern Open Tournament (August 31st, 2020)
Another tournament is approaching for this week and it’s all about the course of Nordic Fjords and Maple Bay. We had Nordic Fjords a few times already this year so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to perform well 🙂
Maple Bay Hole #1 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||1 Left; 2-3 Back|
|⛳️ Overadjust||15% (Rookie), 20% (Pro/Expert)|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie) Katana (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Backbone, Grizzly (Rookie)||Sniper 4+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
You want to use the right side of the fairway here and aim directly for the pin after you added the sidespin to the left, as you can see in the image.
This is actually a very easy hole in the Northern Open Tournament and getting a hole-in-one isn’t that hard if you can do the over-adjustment right for playing downhill here.
Maple Bay Hole #2 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||2-3 Top||Max Right; 1-2 Top|
|🏐 Ball||Titan (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Kingmaker (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Quarterback (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Big Dawg (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
Don’t do any fancy trick shots here, you want to get your ball as close to the rough here as possible and there’s no way you can get it over that without using heavy overpower (risky!).
The reason why you also don’t want to play the right side is that you would need a lot of curl and it’s less consistent than simply playing the straightforward route.
For the second shot you want to attempt the green and you need distance to do that, so take the wood with the highest distance (like The Big Dawg) to get this done.
Use all the sidespin to the right and a little topspin and make your second bounce on the fairway and this will get you on the green or very close to it so you have a great chance to get the eagle here. The albatross is extremely hard due to the lack of sidespin that you would need and curl is extremely risky here.
Still, quite an easy hole in the Northern Open Tournament 🙂
Nordic Fjords Hole #3 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top, 2 Left||3 Top, 2 Left|
|🏐 Ball||Katana (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Hornet (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Sniper 6+ (Pro/Expert)|
This is actually a nice hole to get an eagle.
With the drive you try to bounce it over the bunker on the right side to gain as much distance as possible by adding maximum topspin as well as some sidespin to the left to get a good position for the second shot where you can approach the pin directly.
Now you need to bounce it over the water so you hopefully got your distance in your drive to make it that far. Add some topspin (at least 3 bars to make it over the river) and use all the sidespin to the left you have to get the ball into the direction of the pin.
As I said, eagle is really doable in this Par 4 in the Northern Open Tournament.
Nordic Fjords Hole #4 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||2 Back|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Navigator (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Viper (Rookie)||Sniper 7+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
This here is a really easy Par 4 with a great chance to get you the hole-in-one.
Let the ball bounce on the fairway once and the second bounce should be on the green with the ball guideline directing straight at the pin. The green is sloping a little bit towards the pin so also getting the the direction not 100% right can still get you the hole-in-one here.
Nordic Fjords Hole #5 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top, 1 Right, Max Curl Right||Max Back|
|🏐 Ball||Katana (Rookie), Titan (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Big Topper (Rookie), Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Apocalypse (Pro/Expert)||Thorn (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Backbone (Rookie)|
The drive here should get you to the last fairway and you need a driver with distance and topspin here, like the Big Topper or also Thor’s Hammer. Extra Mile also works if you don’t have the others upgraded decently.
You want to set your landing point on that middle island secure enough that you can use all the curl to the right possible without risking to hit it into the rough and you should be fine.
If you don’t do that you will have quite an impossible second shot approaching the green where you won’t have any option to slow down the ball enough to have a chance for the eagle.
If you got your drive to get on that final fairway, you can now go for the green directly as the fairway in front of it is really bumpy and use a short iron like the Thorn with the strong backspin to aim straight for the pin.
You can also try to dunk in directly if you don’t have a club with that much backspin.
Maple Bay Hole #6 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||2 Left, 1-2 Back||2-3 Top|
|🏐 Ball||Titan (Rookie), Kingmaker (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Big Dawg (Rookie), Sniper 7+ (Pro/Expert)|
You really want to play the drive on the left side to get into a position that can get you to the green in your second shot. The islands looks intimidating but it’s actually not that difficult to land on. You need to bounce over that bunker there with a small backspin to make the ball stop and good sidespin to the left to get a nice line.
In your second shot you can now approach the green but aiming for the albatross here is really difficult as the fairway slopes at the middle point giving the ball a different direction from just hitting one inch more to the right or left.
Aim a little to the right of the pin as the green slopes down towards the pin, this will be better when you want to get lucky for the albatross. Use some topspin to get uphill here.
Nordic Fjords Hole #7 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top, 2 Right, 50% Curl Right||no spin|
|🏐 Ball||Navigator/Quasar (Rookie), Titan (Pro/Expert|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile/Quarterback (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Apocalypse (Pro/Expert)||Backbone (Rookie), Sniper (Pro/Expert)|
The tricky part here is to make the ball bounce over that rough line to the right side as you have to cross the rough line diagonally which makes it quite large from your shooting position.
Use some spin to adapt to that and also all the topspin you have to make it far enough. It’s really important that you adjust the wind correctly here so you can get close to the rough line and make it far enough.
In your second shot you will also go close to the rough line and make the ball bounce twice on the fairway behind the bunker to slow down enough before you reach the green.
There is no spin needed when you play this shot like shown, the fairway shapes the direction of the ball towards the pin and all you need to do here is hitting the ball perfect and adjusting the wind correctly (without any extra adjustment)
Maple Bay Hole #8 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||Max Back, 1 Right|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert|
|🏑 Club(s)||Guardian (Rookie)||Sniper (Pro/Expert)|
The best way to play this Par 3 in the Northern Lights Tournament will be using a wood club that will give you a lot of backspin. The reason is that the fairway in front of the green is really bumpy and you can’t consistently approach the pin with bouncing multiple times in front of the green.
Rather bounce it once just before the fringe and use all the backspin you have to get the ball into the direction of the pin. It’s not easy to get the hole-in-one here but this way will give you the best chances.
Maple Bay Hole #9 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||3 Top ,2 Left||3 Back, Max Right|
|🏐 Ball||Katana (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Quarterback/Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Viper (Rookie), Sniper 6+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
The drive here looks a little bit intimidating at first, but you can easily do it with a driver like the Quarterback that gives you a good ball guideline and topspin that will let you easily get over that bunker and far down the fairway for a good position for your second shot.
Don’t use too much topspin or you might get into the rough there!
In your second shot you need to play close to the tree to get the ball on the green.
You need some solid backspin here to prevent coming in too hot and all the sidespin you can get to get the ball as close to the pin on the green. Don’t think you can get the albatross here, that’s extremely hard here.
If you want to check out a text guide for an older tournament you can see them here on the second page: