We like to give tips on how to play the courses here on Tee It Up Grand Strand. Today we take a look at playing the par 5s at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in beautiful, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. As always we look at how to play each hole from the perspective of an amateur golfer or weekend hacker as we are more affectionately know. It is fun for us to give some insight to golfers to give a bit of an advantage when they step to the tee box on these holes. There are some fantastic par 5s at Caledonia, so let’s get into it.We don’t have to wait long to get to the first par 5. Hole No.2 is a 516 yard (white tees) that is long and straight away. A definite 3 shot hole due to the length, it sets up the golfers for a good chance at birdie early in the round. A good tee shot and solid second shot should leave us with a short iron or wedge into a nice sized green that is guarded by a deep bunker in the right-front of the putting surface. Par is a must here but birdie is a real possibility.
The 8th hole is the next par 5 on the course. A much shorter, but certainly not easier, 477 yard hole puts a huge premium on the tee shot. A generously wide fairway awaits the tee ball, but hitting the fairway is not the biggest part of this shot. Distance is key. Water guards the front of the green. If we get far enough down the fairway it might be possible to go for the green in two. If not, layup short of the water and have a wedge shot into a deep, but somewhat narrow putting surface. Distance control is important to ensuring a chance at birdie.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is a par 70 with only three par 5s. So the 10th hole is the only par 5 on the back 9. This 519 yard hole is the toughest of the par 5s here. The tee shot is very straightforward and not difficult. The second half of the hole is where the difficulty lies. A waist bunker runs most of the way to the green down the right hand side of fairway. If we don’t have the distance to carry the bunker a layup to the left side of the fairway will leave us a short wedge or pitch shot over sand traps to a slightly elevated green. Lastly make sure to read the green and walk away with at least a par. It is the last par 5 of the day.
For more information and to make a tee time visit www.caledoniagolfandfishclub.com