On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit Wachesaw Plantation East and take a look at the par 4 9th hole and how great of a golf hole that it is. Many golf courses are designed with a good 18th hole to give the golfers a great experience as they finish their round. Not as many courses have equally as good 9th holes to provide that same experience on the front nine as well. Wachesaw East is one of those courses that has two great finishing holes. Today we will talk about how to play “Sahara” as the 9th hole is called.
Wachesaw Plantation East has five sets of tee that golfers can play from. The front tee play 273 yards and the back tees play 420 yards on No.9. Since most golfers play the middle or white tees we will look at the hole using that yardage which is 390 yards. The yardage is not the main issue on this tough par 4, the landing area off the tee is the biggest obstacle players have to navigate on their way to trying to make par. Looking down the fairway from the tee box the landing area looks like a bowling alley to golfers. There is a large fairway bunker that runs from the front of the tee boxes to the front edge of the fairway forcing the tee ball to carry all the way to the short grass. Along the left side of the hole is nothing but trees and water guards the right side of the hole. To say that accuracy off the tee here is important would be an understatement.
Once in the fairway the approach shot does not get much easier. The fairway turns slightly to the right keeping the water in play all the way to the green. There are two large bunkers between the water and the front right part of the putting surface that sit waiting to swallow up bad shots. Club selection is very important on the approach to make sure players avoid the traps (and a big number on the scorecard). Pin placement is not important at all. The key is to aim for the center of the green. By the 9th hole golfers will have already seen how great the greens putt so a two-putt is the goal no matter where the hole is cut.
Sahara is a strong hole to finish the front nine with. Any player that can write a 4 or better on their card as they head to the turn should feel really good about themselves heading off to the back nine.
For more information or to make a tee time visit www.wachesaweast.com or call the golf shop at 888.922.0027.