We take a trip to Calabash, North Carolina on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand. Meadowlands Golf Club is the destination and we are going to break down how to play the par 5 holes at this Willard Byrd and David Johnson design provides some excited on these four holes that we can’t wait to breakdown in hopes of helping golfers understand better how to play the course. As always we will be talking from the perspective of the amateur golfer. After all, that is what we are! Let’s get started.The first par 5 at Meadowlands is the 4th hole. It plays 454 yards from the white tees and is a fairly straightforward hole. The landing area off the tee is very open even though trees line the right side of the hole all the way to the green. The second shot is a bit more difficult. There is water from about the halfway point of the left side of the fairway and stretches almost to the front of the green. This puts a premium on placement of the second shot. Long hitters may be able to clear it but the average golfer is laying up alongside the water. Once we layup the shot should be a short iron or wedge into a small green with bunkers right of the green. Par is a good score here but there is a definite shot at birdie with a good approach shot.
The 9th hole is a 472 yard hole that takes players to the end of the front nine with a good challenge. Water runs the length of the hole along the left side and trees are off the right side of the hole. Again the landing area is somewhat generous but the rest of the fairway is more narrow and puts a premium on placement of the next two shots. A good second shot should leave a good look at a 3rd shot into the green with a short iron or wedge. The green is long and narrow with bunkers along the right side. Pay close attention to where the flag is placed because that will dictate club selection. We do not want to be looking at a long putt that could lead to a 3-putt.
The 14th hole is the first par 5 on the back nine. This is a different look compared to the other par 5s. There are no trees. The hole doglegs to the right around high grass and open area. A good tee shot past the corner should lead to a real good chance at birdie if not eagle. The second shot is open with a look directly down to the putting surface which will be a green light special to longer hitters. If it can’t be reached in two, we should have a very short 3rd shot which means we can fire right at the flag and go hunting for birdie!!
Just like the front side the back side ends with a par 5. The 18th hole is a fun and challenging 440 yard hole that requires a second shot over water before hitting a 3rd to a green well guarded by bunkers. What a great hole to finish on. It is an open fairway off the tee and that is important if we want chance at birdie to finish the day.
For more information or to make a tee time visit the website www.meadowlandsgolf.com or call the golf shop at 910-287-7529.