On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit out friends at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club.  We like to help our golfers understand how to play our partner golf courses and that is what we are doing today.  Sandpiper Bay has 27-holes of championship golf that are fun and challenging to play for golfers of all ages and ability levels.  The second of Sandpiper Bay’s original two nines, the Piper Course is what we are highlighting.  With gentle dog legs and elevated tees and greens The Piper Nine provides a wonderful test of golf as well as some outstanding scenery.We start with a very straightforward par 4 that plays at 369 yards from the white tees.  It is a good hole to break into the round with as the generous fairway allows for a stress free swing off the tee.  The green is very accessible to approach shots from any angle accept the left side of the fairway.  There is a bunker short and left of the putting surface that makes it tough to come in to the green from that angle.  Hit a good shot and we should be looking at a birdie chance!

The 563 yard par 5 2nd hole is a real challenge for any golfer.  The tee shot faces a dogleg to the right and then the long narrow fairway runs straight to a green protected by bunkers on either side.  A three shot hole for sure, it takes supreme accuracy on all three shots to get to the green.  Par is a very good score on this hole.

The 3rd hole is a tough par 3 over water.  At 177 yards this is a real knee knocker from the tee box.  The good news is that long of the green is safe.  Players need to make sure they take an extra club to make sure they clear the water and reach dry land.  It is ok to miss the green long and take our medicine and move on to the next hole.

The 7th hole is a beautiful par 5 that curls to the left along water for all 536 yards.  The good news is there is a line of trees that separates the fairway from the water.  This three shot hole will test the nerves for sure.  Par is a good score on this great hole.

The Piper Course finishes with its toughest hole.  The 395 yard par 4 is a long tight hole that narrows even further as it approaches the green.  There is a bunker short and right of the green that guards that side.  If we can finish with a par it is reason to head into the clubhouse and celebrate with a cold beverage!

For more information or to make a tee time visit www.sandpiperbaygolf.com or call (910) 579–9120.