We like to help the golfers that read our post here on Tee It Up Grand Strand.  We enjoy giving playing tips from the amateur’s perspective.  We want to share the knowledge we have from playing all the courses we talk about.  We don’t always play them well but that isn’t important right now.  Today we visit Wachesaw East Plantation and will discuss how to play the par 5s at this Clyde Johnston design. It is a fun golf course located in the heart of Murrells Inlet, SC and should be on golfers list of places to play.  The atmosphere and the quality of the facility is fantastic.  Golfers get a top notch experience at Wachesaw East.  

The first par 5 is the 495 yard 3rd hole.  It is a tree lined fairway that slopes a bit to the right so keeping the tee shot to the left of the fairway is very important to having a good angle on the second shot.  For most of us the second shot is a layup shot so we want to lay up on the left side again just short of the wetland that is about 75 yards in front of the green.  From there we need to take a wedge and once again avoid the right side as there are bunkers and a lake to the right of the putting surface.  Hit a solid approach to the green and we should be very happy with a par here.

No.7 is a 530 yard par 5 that requires two precise shots to get into a decent position to shoot at the pin on the third.  The hole is a double-dogleg that goes right first and then back to the left.  Aim to the left off the tee and then play to the right side of the fairway on second shot.  We should have a short iron or at worst a mid-iron into to the green that is tucked behind a large green side bunker.  Par is a really good score on this hole.  Be patient and make it happen.

As we make the turn we hit the next par 5 immediately.  The 484 yard 10th hole provides a decent chance at birdie since the hole is straight away from tee to green.  Reachable in two by longer hitters, it provides to easy shots to get into a great layup position with wedge in our hand.  The approach shot is pretty wide open with only one pot bunker to the left of the putting surface.  Hot a confident shot into the green and we should have a putt at birdie!

The final par 5 of the round is found at the 470 yard 17th hole.  There is some water to carry off the tee but it should not come into play at all.  A tee shot to the right side of the fairway will leave an angle into the green for long hitters that want to get home in two.  A layup shot needs to be mindful of the small lake on the right side of the fairway that feeds a stream that runs in front of the green.  With a good wedge shot we are looking at another good chance at birdie.  Anything higher than par will be a disappointment.

For more information or to make a tee time visit www.wachesaweast.com or call the golf shop at 888-922-0027.