Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Hole of the Week — Tega Cay’s hazardous hole

Posted 8/30/2010 10:25:00 AM

The 1st hole on the Grande View nine at Tega Cay Golf Club is a great hole in its own right, but what makes it really special are the nine holes preceding it.

When I played Tega Cay, a 27-hole golf club just south of Charlotte, I started on the Carolina Pines nine and made the turn to Grande View. Here’s an interesting fact about Carolina Pines: there’s no water and no sand. Literally. In fact, when they redesigned that nine several years ago, they filled in all of the existing sand traps and planted groupings of pine trees.

After playing an entire nine holes without any water or a speck of sand in sight, imagine the trepidation stepping on Grande View’s first tee box. The first thing you notice from the tee is the narrow strip of fairway that gets increasingly tighter as it approaches the green. The next thing you notice is the trouble that waits on either side of landing area. Large sand traps run up the right side of the fairway, while water waits on the other side.

But the fun doesn’t stop after your tee shot.

Assuming you manage to avoid the hazards and hit it straight down the middle, you’re left with an entirely new challenge -- a mid-iron approach shot to a shallow green protected by water in the front and thick rough behind.

Again, this is a challenging hole to play at any point in the round, but thanks to the hazard-free 9 holes that precede it, Grande View No. 1 serves as the perfect wake-up call for the back nine.