Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club is a 27 hole facility that is loaded with fun and interesting golf holes and the Piper nine has one of the best on it.  On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we take a look at the par 3 8th hole on the Piper side.  This hole is considered by many members and other players as the signature hole at Sandpiper Bay.  We are not sure about signature hole, but we do think that it is the best par 3 on the course.

As golfers approach the tee box on the scenic 8th hole they will notice that the tee shot is not the easiest of approaches.  Water completely guards the left side of the hole all the way through the green complex.  The hole plays 110 yards for the ladies and as far as 194 yards from the back tees for the men.  Most golfers play the white tees and those are 178 yards.  The yardage alone makes for a tough tee shot.  With the water looming left and a large sand trap short right of the green, the view from the tee box is very intimidating.  Club selection is very important to make sure that a safe shot with the correct yardage is first priority.  Proximity to the pin is a distant second in importance.

“Piper No.8 is really one of the favorite holes of our members” said Brett Thomaswick, PGA Head Professional at Sandpiper Bay.  “It is a real challenge but it is also a beautiful hole to play.  I think that part overrides how hard it is to hit the green from the tee.”

Once golfers figure out what club to hit off the tee and have hit their tee shot they have to get the ball in the hole.  If the tee ball misses the green golfers do not need to panic.  If they are on the collar or the fairway short of the putting surface they can play a bump and run shot to get the ball close to the hole.  The harder shot is if they have to play from the green side bunker.  They green is large enough to golfers to play safely out of it but the fact that golfers look across the green at water makes for an intimidating and nerve wracking shot.  Any golfer that walks of the 8th green on the Piper course with a par or better should feel really good about themselves.

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