On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club.  In particular we are taking a look at the Bay Course and how to play some of the holes.  Remember that Sandpiper is a 27-hole facility.  Also take an amateur view of the course and how to play it.  So all yardages and playing suggestions come from the weekend hacker perspective.  Let’s have some fun!

We start with a 524 yard par 5 and a tee shot that has to carry a little bit of water to get to the fairway.  The fairway turns to the left slightly as it runs toward the green.  It is definitely a 3-shot hole so be sure to set up the approach with a nice second shot to an open fairway area.  Other than a front left bunker the green is fairly open so we should be able to hit a short iron or wedge into the green.  A par is very possible to start this 9 hole stretch.

The 3rd hole is a tough par 3 that plays 193 yards from the white tees.  Oh, and it is mostly over water!  Be sure to take enough club, there is a bunker behind the green but in the sand is better than in the water.  Par is a great score on this hole!We get a break on the 4th hole.  It is a 319 yard par 4 that is very straightforward.  Hit a solid tee shot and we are looking to be in position to make birdie.  A good short iron into the green will give us a possible birdie but definitely a par.

The only other par3 on this side is No.5 and is also 190 yards.  With water that runs left and behind the putting surface we need to make sure we hit aim for the right side of the green.  There is a run up area short to the right side of the green which is a good bailout area.  Once again, par on this par 3 is fantastic.

No.7 is a nice par 4 that plays 330 yards and is a straight shot to the green with trees down the right side of the fairway.  We shot be thinking par for sure and maybe even birdie if we can hit a good approach shot nice and close.

The #1 handicap hole on this side is the 397 yard par 4 8th hole.  This dogleg left hole off the tee has water left and right as we approach the putting surface.  A good tee shot around the corner gives us a good look at the green.  Pick a good club and hit a confident shot to the longish green and see if we can grab a par here.

We finish with a fun, 518 yard par 5 on the Bay Course.  Water runs down most of the left hand side of the hole, but the fairway is wide so the water should not be a factor.  The smart play is a layup along the right hand side of the fairway leaving a good angle to the green.  Two bunkers guard the left side of the green with a small trap on the back right portion.  This is a fun hole to finish with an hopefully we are heading to the clubhouse with no more than a par 5!

For more information or to make a tee time visit the website SandpiperBayGolf.com or call the golf shop at 800.356.5827.

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