On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit our good friends at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Sandpiper Bay is a 27 hole facility with three very different nine hole courses, Sand Course, Piper Course and Bay Course. Today we take a look at the Sand Course and give our thoughts on how to play some of the holes. We like to help golfers and share our playing knowledge to help them have an edge when they play our partner golf courses. We do this from an amateur point of view, since after all, that is what we are. So let’s talk about the Sand Course.
The Sand nine starts with a solid par 5 that measures 536 yards from the white tees. This long hole has water all down the left side of the hole through the green. A good tee shot and well placed second shot should leave us with a mid to short iron approach to a green that is guarded by bunkers short and right. Make sure to carry the trouble and reach the putting surface with the approach in order to have a shot at par or birdie. Although this hole is long, three well played shots should get us a par.
The 2nd hole is a straighforward par 3 of 165 yards. A good tee shot should get another par. The par 4 fourth hole is a really challenge at 393 yards. The narrow fairway is lined with trees on both sides of the fairway all the way to the green. If we can get in the fairway off the tee that is a good start to making a good score. A long iron or even hybrid awaits for the second shot. Par is a very good score. Don’t be too upset with a bogey. It could be worse.
No. 5 is another three shot par 5 playing 549 yards with trees lining the left side of the hole. There are two large bunkers protecting the putting surface. For the second hole in a row, par is a really good score.
The 342 yard par 4 7th hole is a fun one to play. A wide open fairway lets us go for some extra yardage off the tee if we want. We should have a short iron into the green that’s only defense is a large bunker short and left of putting surface. A score higher than par will be disappointing on this hole. If we hit the fairway off the tee we should be thinking birdie.
The finishing 9th hole is the toughest hole on the Sand Course. This 412 yard dogleg left requires not only a really good tee shot to the corner, but we are certain to have a long shot to the green on our 2nd shot. The whole is surrounded by trees even behind the green. If we can somehow finish the Sand side with a par on the 9th hole we will be very happy heading into the clubhouse for a cold beverage!
For more information or to make a tee time visit www.sandpiperbaygolf.com or call the golf shop at 910.579.9120