Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup Tournament (August 27th, 2020)
Another 9-Hole Cup is approaching for this week and it’s all about the course of Sakura Hills, we did not have them featured in tournaments like almost two years. This is going to get interesting 🙂
Sakura Hills Hole #1 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||Max Right; 2-3 Top||3 Back|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Quasar (Rookie), Katana (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Quarterback (Rookie/Pro/Expert), The Rock (Pro7Expert)||Thorn (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
With your drive you want to gain as much distance as you can get to get into a good position for your second shot and the best way to do that is bouncing over that bunker by aiming right in front of it and using some topspin to make sure you will bounce far enough.
Add also as much sidespin to the right as possible as this will get you closer to the green and give you an easier second shot.
In your second shot you can already approach the pin directly with a short iron club with a good ball guideline and you have a very good chance to get your eagle here to make a good start in the Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup Tournament.
Bounce directly on the green with about 3 bars of backspin to get the right speed and have the secure birdie if you miss the pin.
Sakura Hills Hole #2 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||3 Back|
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Navigator (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Backbone (Rookie)||Sniper 8+ (Pro/Expert)|
This Par 3 here in the Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup is not difficult but with the sloping around the pin it’s also not a consistent Par 3 to get a hole-in-one.
Use some backspin and bounce first on the fairway in front of the green and aim slightly to the left of the pin as the green slopes down a little bit and mind the extra wind adjustment of 20% because playing downhill.
Sakura Hills Hole #3 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top + Max Right||2 Top|
|🏐 Ball||Titan (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Kingmaker (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie), Big Topper (Pro/Expert)||Backbone (Rookie), Big Dawg (Rookie), Grizzly (Pro/Expert)|
You need a Power III ball here that will make it a lot easier to play that drive, especially when you want to make the double bounce over the rough line as you can see in the image. I like this version more than simply overpowering that shot to the limit.
Add all topspin and sidespin to the right and you will be fine, this looks more risky than it is if you adjust the wind correctly and a lot less squishy than the overpower shot.
With a good long iron and a solid drive you have now a decent chance to get the albatross and a secure eagle here in the Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup.
Using a wood club here is really hard because you probably will come in far too hot and go over the green so rather go with the long iron version bouncing two times in front of the green and giving the ball the right direction. The green has a small hill around the pin and when you’re close to the pin you will get your eagle.
Sakura Hills Hole #4 (Par 3)
|🏐 Ball||Marlin (Rookie), Quasar (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Backbone (Rookie)||Sniper (Pro/Expert)|
I know that island spot really invites to bounce here but the better way is to bounce in front of the bunker as this will let you adjust the ball guideline a lit better.
Aim right in front of the rough line there so your second bounce will be on the green and the green slopes towards the pin so adjusting speed here is not that important as the green will slope you down perfectly fine.
This hole doesn’t require any spin adjustment at all, simply aim the ball guideline into the right direction and you can get the hole-in-one here in the Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup Tournament.
Sakura Hills Hole #5 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top||2 Top|
|🏐 Ball||Navigator (Rookie), Quasar (Rookie), Katana (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Sniper 6+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
The drive here looks more scary than it is, actually it’s the easiest drive here in the Sakura Hills 9-Cup Tournament 🙂
Qou only need to aim straight through the middle here and do your wind adjustment right and use all the topspin you have to get in a good position for the second shot.
As easy as the drive is, as tough you will have it with the second shot.
The rough bump is the best option you have here but you really need to adjust your wind right! Keep in mind that you play uphill so you need to adjust 20% less than you normally would!
Add a little topspin to get the right speed and the better your ball guideline the higher your chances for the eagle here.
Sakura Hills Hole #6 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top; 2 Left||2-3 Back|
|🏐 Ball||Katana (Rookie), Titan (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert)||Big Dawg (Rookie), Sniper 6+ (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
The best way to play this drive here is to go left of the trees and bounce over the rough and the bunker, otherwise you really need a hero shot with overpower and curl and that is less consistant.
This looks more dangerous than it is and if you don’t mind the trees it’s actually a normal drive with a bounce over the rough 🙂
For the second shot I recommend you to do a rough bump as well, it’s the most consistent way to play the this Par 5 and get on the green in 2 shots. You can also bounce over the water but that also requires curl and has the risk of really getting you into trouble.
Aim for the pin and use the rough spot next to the bunker with a wood club that has the distance and add some backspin here as well and you can even get the albatross.
Sakura Hills Hole #7 (Par 3)
|↩️ Spin||1 Right; 50% Curl Right|
|🏐 Ball||Quasar (Rookie), Katana (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Backbone (Rookie), Goliath (Rookie)||Sniper (Pro/Expert)|
This is the nasty Par 3 in the Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup and I really hope we will never see that for the Golden Shot… You bounce once on the small fairway spot and every little change in the landing position changes the direction of your ball dramatically, so adjusting wind here will be super important.
This is very likely not going to be a hole-in-one.
Sakura Hills Hole #8 (Par 4)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top; Max Right||1 Back|
|🏐 Ball||Quasar (Rookie), Katana (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie), Quarterback (Rookie/Pro/Expert), The Rock (Pro/Expert)||Thorne (Rookie/Pro/Expert)|
Here you need to get far enough down the fairway to actually make it around the corner or you will have no chance to go for the green in your second shot.
It’s not a difficult drive but try to stay close to right side of the fairway and use sidespin to the right as well to make sure you won’t get too far away from a good shooting point.
Again, it’s time for a rough bump as the pin is very close to the front edge of the green and there’s no way to play it other than that that will give you good chances for the eagle here.
You can potentially use the Thorn here with loads of backspin but I find that really squishy as the ball will bounce up and down and is hard to predict, it probably won’t get you the eagle but if you don’t want to risk the rough bump that’s also a way to play it.
Sakura Hills Hole #9 (Par 5)
|↩️ Spin||Max Top; Overpower||2-3 Back|
|🏐 Ball||Titan (Rookie), Katana (Rookie), Kingmaker (Pro/Expert)|
|🏑 Club(s)||Extra Mile (Rookie/Pro/Expert), Apocalypse (Pro/Expert)||Backbone (Rookie), Cataclysm (Pro/Expert)|
This is a really long Par 5 and there’s pretty much no chance to go for the albatross here.
Iny our drive you want to go as far down the fairway as possible to gain distance.
Now use overpower as much as you think you an handle – you can see that the fairway is narrow and you can get into the rough if you don’t hit at least good here and going for the green in 2 shots is impossible anyway, so I recommend you to go with something like half a ball of overpower.
In your second shot you will go for that fairway spot on the right side to get into a good position for your third shot.
It’s not a complicated shot but you need to use some backspin probably (unless you’ve been quite short in the drive) to prevent that you will get into the rough there.
In your third shot you can now do a rough bump with no spin adjustment at all and aim with your ball guideline straight for the pin.
You can get the eagle here actually pretty consistently and the birdie is a sure thing.
I really recommend playing this Par 5 in the Sakura Hills 9-Hole Cup that way instead of pushing the limits here trying to reach for the green in 2 shots and very likely (80% of the times) mess it up and end with on par 😉
If you want to check out a text guide for an older tournament you can see them here on the second page: