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Playing East Lake

By September 24, 2015Caddie Advice

Playing Eastlake

Atlanta, GA 9/23/15 – East Lake Golf Club, established in 1904, is the oldest course in the city of Atlanta, and has hosted the Tour Championship each year since 2005. Once again the great folks here in Atlanta have done an outstanding job getting this course ready. We’re not sure what it is about this part of the country, but the folks down here in Georgia know how to design, build and maintain golf courses. There is this fairly famous course only 2 hours East of here on I-20.

Matt Minister, caddie for Sangmoon Bae is quoted as saying, “The course is in as good of condition as we have played all year.”

Tour Championship RoughAs our caddies have scouted the course the last couple days, the feedback is all very consistent. Brian Smith, caddie for Harris English, said, “Greens are sloped back to front so there will be a premium on getting your ball to finish below the hole” if players want any chance at birdies. To add a little more difficulty, the greens here are “surrounded by 2-3 inch think Bergmuda grass rough,” which will eat up golf balls all week.

Our scouts feel the 2 most difficult holes this week will be the long Par 4 5th followed by the demanding Par 3 6th over water. Make it through these two holes even par, and walk away very happy.

Smith did remark that, “birdies will be available out here as long as you are able to put the ball in the fairway off the tee. If not most guys will be scrambling to make pars.”

Don’t expect to see a Tiger Woods-esque 23 under par this week, but the expectation is the winner will be near 10 under.

Loving East Lake

We want to give thanks to the folks here at East Lake Golf Club and The Tour Championship. It is not often that us caddies are provided with the quality of accommodations that we are getting this week. We truly appreciate having our own locker rooms with real toilets, showers, and healthy snacks.


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