Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert



Great par 3s in the Upstate

Posted 12/20/2010 1:57:00 PM

They might be shortest holes in terms of yardage, but par 3s often provide the most drama on the golf course. From a once-in-a-lifetime ace to a score-busting quadruple bogey or worse, par 3s can make or break a round of golf.

Here are a few of my favorite par 3s in the Upstate of South Carolina: 

2nd Hole at Verdae Greens — This 200-yard hole is a challenge in its own right, but the fact that it comes at the very beginning of the round makes it even tougher. Water stretches all the way from the tee to the front of the green, which makes the long hole even more intimidating. 

6th Hole at River Falls Golf Club — While it’s the shortest hole on the course at only 133 yards from the tips, the 6th at River Falls is much more harder than it appears. Any lapse in accuracy, and your shot is most likely to find the tall grass just off the right of the green, or the creek that runs to the left and behind. 

17th Hole at Walker Course of Clemson University — If you’ve kept up with my blog, you probably already know that my heart lies with the Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina. However, even I have to admit that the 17th hole at Clemson is very definition of a signature hole. Instantly memorable with the sand traps and green forming a Tiger Paw, the hole is as difficult as it is beautiful.