On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club. This 27-hole facility has 3 different nines, the Sand, the Piper and the Bay. Today we will take a look at how to play the Sand 9. As always we view playing the course through the eyes of the amateur golfer.
The Sand Course is one of Sandpiper Bay’s two original nines and features gentle dog legs, elevated tees and greens, cut through a natural pine forest. Featuring an unusual combination of three par 3 holes and two par 5 holes, the Sand Course offers a unique opportunity for a good iron player to go low! MiniVerde greens make for great putting and chances for birdies!
We start with a 536 yard par 5 with water along the left hand side and trees along the right. It is a 3 shot hole for most so be smart and hit the layup shot to a good angle into the big green. Par should be the goal here.
The 2nd hole is a 165 yard par 3 with water again down the left side of the hole. It should not come into play if we take enough club. A bunker guards the backside of the putting surface so accuracy is key. Par is a very good score on this tough par 3.
The 4th and 5th holes are long demanding holes. A par 4 and par 5 respectively, both have tree lined fairways and greens guarded by bunkers. If we can get through these 2 holes with bogeys at worst we will be happy. Solid tee shots are key to making that happen. Focus and get through these holes.The 7th hole is a fun 342 yard par 4 that should have us thinking birdie. A wide open fairway allows us to get aggressive off the tee if we want to. There is a large bunker just in front of the green but it should not come into play if we choose the right club on the approach. The green is generous and receiving of the short irons we will be hitting into the green. We need to get at worst a par here.
We finish the Sand Nine with the No.1 handicap hole for this side. A 412 yard dog-leg left par 4 is a tough driving hole. Trees all down the left and 2 bunkers on the right side at the dog-leg put a premium on the tee shot. Then we have to hit a solid approach shot up the shoot to a green protected on both sides by sand traps. If we can finish with a par on this hole we should feel really good!
For more information or to book a tee time visit www.sandpiperbaygolf.com or call the golf shop at (910) 579-9120.