We visit the World Tour Golf Links on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand. World Tour is such a unique layout. With holes designed to look and play like famous golf holes from courses around the world, we are going to take a look at some of the holes on the “Open 9”.Named for courses hosting the U.S. and British Opens, the Open 9 includes holes from North America’s top-ranking golf courses including National Golf Club of Canada and the world’s top-rated course, Pine Valley Golf Club. The first hole is probably the most famous golf course in the world, St. Andrews. Hole No.1 at The Old Course is where World Tour starts. The more than 100 yard wide fairway provides a generous start, until the approach shot. That is where golfers have hit over the burn onto the large putting surface. It makes for a great start to the round.
The 2nd hole is designed after the par 5 16th hole at Pinehurst No.2 just up the road from Myrtle Beach. The aggressive line off the tee requires a carry over water. It sets up a longish approach shot for a chance at eagle.
No.3 is inspired after the famed 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This island par 3 is the single most recognizable par 3 in the world. It takes nerves of steel to hit the tee shot no matter what yardage golfers are playing.
We skip ahead to the 5th hole. The par 5 is modeled after the 15th hole at English Turn in New Orleans. It can be tempting to try to reach this green in 2 but the smart play is to play it as a 3 shot hole and have a wedge in hand for the approach shot to a generous green.
Next we look at the 7th hole with is designed after the 16th hole at Augusta National. We all know the drama that this hole has provided golf fans during The Masters over the years, and it can be so for the golfers playing World Tour. The intimidating tee shot over water is met with an equally tough putt once on the green. It is a great test of golf.
This side finishes right where it started. The Old Course at St. Andrews’ 18th hole is the inspiration for the 9th hole. Golfers get to experience walking the bridge like the one over The Swilcan Burn. Be sure to keep the approach shot right of the putting surface so not to have the ball end up in “The Valley of Sin”. It is really an outstanding way to come back to the clubhouse.
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