On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we take a trip to Murrells Inlet and Wachesaw East Plantation Golf Course. It is formerly the host of the Kathy Ireland/Greens Competition Classic on the LPGA Tour. This course has a great layout and some fantastic golf holes. We will look at the par 3s today and how to play each of them. As always we take an amateur look at playing the holes. All yardages are from the white tees and the suggestions are based on that as well. Let’s take a look at these holes designed by Clyde Johnston.The first par 3 we see at Wachesaw East is 145 yard 4th hole. This short hole is tucked into the trees and puts a premium on club selection. The green is 27 yards deep so choosing the club that will get the ball on the same part of the green as the flag is important. Other than mounds around the putting surface, the only defense this hole has is that it is hard to judge any wind that might be blowing. Generally speaking this hole always plays a little longer than it looks so adjust accordingly.
The 8th hole is a 162 yard hole that is almost all over water. The tee shot here is very intimidating when looking across the pond to a green that is guarded by bunkers on the right hand side of the putting surface. The green is large and with the widest part being the front left portion. That is the target no matter where the flag is. Take enough club and hit to the fat part of the green. Make a two putt and walk off happy with par. Only the bravest players will try to take on more water and sand off the tee.
As we make the turn and head to the back nine the next par 3 we come upon is the 166 yard 12th hole. This green is protected along the right side with a large sand trap. The tee shot will have to carry some of the wetland that runs short of the green complex. Once again we need to make sure we have enough club in our hand. The putting surface funnels to the middle of the green from the back side so going long is safe. The ball should work its way back to the middle of the green. A solid stroke will get us on the green. Making par is the goal here. Birdie is a huge bonus.
We get a 170 yard hole for the last par 3 at Wachesaw East. The 15th hole gives us a break after two really demanding 3 pars and lets us relax on the tee box a bit. With no water or wetland to carry we can take aim at the putting surface. A huge bunker guards the right side, waiting for wayward mid to long iron shots. We need to have confidence that we will hit a solid tee shot and find the green with our tee shot. If we can do that we have a decent shot at making a birdie.
For more information or to make a tee time visit www.wachesaweast.com or call the golf shop at 888-922-0027.