The first hole at Cape Fear National does not really allow golfers to ease into the round.  On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we will take a look at how to play this tough starting hole in hopes of helping players get off to a good start.  We always view the hole from the eye of the amateur golfer since that is what we are.  So our yardages and club selections will be based off the middle tees.

The tee box is set back in a bit of a shoot to start.  There is marshland or waste area to carry to reach the fairway.  That is the biggest challenge off the tee.  No time for a bad tee ball to “warm up”.  At 345 from the middle tees it is not too long but the carry is important. Players need to hit a solid ball right off the bat here at Cape Fear National.  The good news is that the landing area in the fairway is pretty wide open so once the waste area is cleared players should be in good shape.

Once in the fairway golfers have a clear look down the fairway at the green.  The green is a very large target which is generous after the tough tee shot.  Players need to be mindful of not missing left of the hole as there is water awaiting wayward golf balls.  That will make for a large number on the card to start the round.  Players need to pull the right club for the yardage and put a solid swing and aim for the center of the green.

The putting surface is guarded short by a couple of sand traps.  Short approach shots have a good chance of finding 1 of them and will make for a tough go at par.  There is plenty of room long and right if golfers need a place to bail out on the approach.

Once on the green players will realize how great the putting surfaces are at Cape Fear National.  Fast and smooth, players will fall in love with how well they roll on their very first putting stroke.  A good 2 putt par would be a great start to the day for any golfer.

For more information or to make a tee time visit the website at or call the golf shop at 866.832.1141 and any of the great folks in the golf shop will be happy to assist in anyway possible.