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That's awesome congrats! Can't wait to see pictures!
5 hours is fine. Having them let out in the middle of that amount of time is fine the first couple weeks and then 5 hours should be good. Just remember, when you feed pups and they drink at meals, they'll drink enough to fill the bladder 2 or 3 times, which means you should take them out every 20 min over the next hour after a meal. You will take them out, and 20 min later they will probably pee on the floor and you'll be frustrated as to why. Making sure you take them out 2 or 3 times before putting them in the crate will give them the best change not to make a mistake in the crate.
I use 42" creates for of the Golden's I've ever had. Use the divider panel. I give my pups 1/3 of the create up until 4 months of age and then 2/3 of the create took about 7 months and then the whole crate after that. They may be house broken but never give them the extra space to make a mistake. They should be able to stand, turn around and last back down, that's it. It's not play time in a crate.
About the create... NEVER use pee pads in a crate. They are scented and will draw the puppy to want to use them. This in turn will make the puppy think they are supposed to go to the bathroom IN the crate and good luck ever straightening that out. In fact you don't even want to use pee pads if your going to create train. The point of the create is to teach them to hold it and go only outside, never inside. Again, the pads will make them want to use them inside. Using pads and a crate will just make it so you'll confuse the pup and have to train to only go outside later on.
Set the vet appointment for Monday or Tuesday. I always take new pups to the vet within 3 days off having them home. A lot of breeders want it done working 4 days. I know the very your breeder uses and she has a different vaccine protocol I use. So it's good to have your vet see them and setup a schedule for the boosters.