In this hole by hole tour of the Tega Cay Golf Course – we show you a little preview of the course and give you an idea of what you can expect from the white and red tees. Enjoy!
Hole 1 | Par 5
This is a fun hole to get things started. This par 5 is almost all downhill — until you approach the green. It bends slightly to the right, before the 150 marker. You need some distance to have a good look at the green. If you can drive the ball 225-250, you set yourself up for a chance to get the green in 2 shots. A straight drive or one left-of-center will work fine here. A well-placed shot should land on the flat part of the fairway, before a major hill starts downward. This gives you a chance to clear the ‘valley’ and be level with the green for your approach shot. Be wary of the slice or fade. Big hitters may try to cut the corner to give themselves a better approach, however, there is little flat ground past the 150 marker, and wooded area lines the right side. The lowest point of the hole is about 100 yards from the green. At that point, a steep incline starts uphill to a multi-tiered green.
Hole 2 | Par 4
This hole is deceptive from the teebox. You’re teeing off downhill, with lots of trees guarding both sides of the fairway. The first inclination may be to take driver here, but I urge you to reconsider. It’s only about 165 yards from tee to 150 marker. A big risk/reward scenario comes into play here with the left side. Since this hole bends to the left, many may try to drive the ball over the left-side trees to set up an approach less than 100 yds. The best-placed drive is past the 150 maker, since the fairway is very hilly before that. The green is approachable and unobstructed anywhere past the 150 marker. The green is elevated and unforgiving if you miss left or right.
Hole 3 | Par 5
This isn’t the toughest hole on the course. Far from it. But this one gives me a lot of trouble. Unless you are deadly accurate with your driver, I suggest leaving it in the bag on this hole. It’s a long par 5 that doglegs to the left. The best-placed drive for the weekend golfer lands to the right of the pine trees guarding the left of the fairway. Be warned – those trees are less than 200 yards from the tee box and are unforgiving if you get caught up in that area. You can see a big bailout area on the right side of the fairway from the tee box. If you can get it in the fairway somewhere over there, you’re alive and in-play. You’ll notice as you approach your ball in the fairway that trees guard both sides of the fairway on your approach to the green. It’s narrow and the trees are CLOSE. Most golfers have over 200 yds to the green at this point. Unless you are wildly confident in your long stingers, a lay up is recommended here. The trees hang so far over on both sides of the fairway on the approach, it makes it almost impossible to get to a green that’s elevated and to the right. At least there’s no sand!
Hole 4 | Par 3
The first par 3 of the day is fairly straightforward. No water to carry, no sand to contend with, and only a small natural area directly in front of the teebox to carry. It normally measures between 160-170 to the center. There’s plenty of room to miss short and long. The green is wide and relatively flat once you’re on it. There is a false front to the green which can play tricks on your eyes and is sometimes soggy which causes the ball to plug, frequently.
Hole 5 | Par 4
The hardest hole on the course, according to the scorecard and it plays like it too! You must navigate a tight bottleneck of trees guarding both sides of the fairway off the tee box. Once your ball clears that bottleneck, the fairway opens up with a generous landing zone. There is a steep incline on the right side. Normally, and shot that lands on the right side in the grass will funnel back towards the center of the fairway, giving this hole some forgiveness to a slicing tee shot. Ensure your tee shot is somewhere in the center, or slightly right of center, as your approach shot is a long one that must navigate through another bottleneck of trees before reaching the green. The further left your tee shot lands, the harder the approach shot will be. There is a valley between the tee shot landing area and the green, with a big grassy hill behind the green. We recommend ‘clubbing up’ here, as a long miss is much easier to play than a short miss.
Hole 6 | Par 3
Again, no sand or water here, but a very challenging hole. This hole gives you the illusion that it was cut into the side of a mountain, with the left side flanked by a steep uphill, and the right side dropping off significantly past the cart path. Ideally, a straight shot lands you on a big green. Missing to the left and hitting the hill will sometimes spit the ball back onto the green, but the rough is very thick. Missing to the right presents a completely different scenario. There is a small area of fairway grass and rough that’s been contoured below and around the right side of the green. If you miss the green to the right, you may be hitting off of short fairway grass, but have an incredibly tricky chip shot to the now-elevated green.
Hole 7 | Par 4
This is a huge risk/reward hole. A very sharp (almost 90 degree) bend to the right awaits at about the halfway point. The high-risk/high-reward shot is taking driver and hitting it over the trees to the right, landing it in the fairway after the bend near the 150 marker. Extremely risky, since the ball needs to launch pretty high to clear the trees. The smart shot is taking your 180-190 club and hitting the ball center to right-center in the fairway. It sets up an almost equidistant approach, but it’s alive and playable, whereas a miss with the driver will more-than-likely result in a lost ball. The approach shot is tough, uphill all the way to a flat green with trees flanking both sides and homes to the right. The green is longer than it is wide. It is in somewhat of a bowl, providing some forgiveness to errant shots, but not much.
Hole 8 | Par 4
One of our favorites on the course. It is deceptively forgiving, especially to the fade or slice. We recommend teeing the ball towards the right side of the teebox. This may look intimidating, as there are trees that hang over the right side, but provides the best angle to get the ball into the fairway on the tee shot. Also, this, for most golfers, is a great hole to bring out the driver. A drive between 200-250 will land at the top of a flat shelf, before a steep downhill run towards the green. If you hit your driver further than that, your ball may run all the way down the hill, setting up a <100yd approach shot. From that shelf, there is an awesome look at the green which is down the hill and to the left. Club down on this shot to compensate for the elevation change. The green has 2 levels which are clearly visible from the approach shot. If the pin is in the front, use the hill that separates the levels of the green as a ‘backstop’ of sorts.
Hole 9 | Par 4
Leave the driver in the bag and pick your best draw stance. This hole tacks gently to the left the whole way. It’s narrow, with a road on the right side, and the clubhouse parking lot on the left. The best tee shot is one that goes no more than 200 yards and lands right-of-center in the fairway. This sets up the best approach to the green. If your tee shot is too far left, you risk hitting under two or three trees that guard the left side of the fairway. Hit it too far right and you’re in a nice grove of tall pine trees. The green is shaped like a kidney bean and undulates in many different directions. There is a good amount of bailout space behind and to the right of the green for shots that have a little too much gas.
Hole 10 | Par 4
This is, in our opinion, the most scenic hole on the course. It’s beautiful! What a way to start off the back 9 of our hole by hole tour! The view standing at the tee box on top of the hill makes you think you’re driving the ball off the side of a mountain. There’s a generous landing area and the fairway is wide. Water comes into play on your tee and approach shots. Be wary of taking driver here. With the drastic elevation drop, it’s easy to find the water on the left side with a well-struck drive. Kevin averages around 210-215 with his 3 wood, and always hits it more than 250 on this hole, to give you an idea of the elevation change. The first sand of the day is also placed to the right of the fairway on this hole, giving the fader/slicer some challenge. A 200yd tee shot sets up a less-than-150yd approach over water, again. Don’t be greedy off the tee here!
Hole 11 | Par 4
In true Tega Cay fashion, this is a massive risk/reward hole. The long hitter might instantly try to go for the green, and it’s possible. If you carry your driver 240-250, you have a shot at getting to the green on your drive. That is a high-risk, low percentage shot on this hole and normally doesn’t end well. There’s a massive bunker that guards the front-left of the green, making it impossible for a faded tee shot to run onto the green The fairway is very narrow, with trees hugging both sides. Any shot that still has steam heading into the treeline on the right side is almost guaranteed to be gone, as there is a STEEP drop-off directly behind that net. Very rarely will you have a path to the bottom of that hill to retrieve your ball. Play it smart here – you only need 150 yards off the tee to set up a nice wedge shot into the green.
Hole 12 | Par 3
This is one of my favorite holes on the course. As you approach the tee box, you notice the extreme elevation change again. Club down at least one club on this hole. The green is large but has a bunker guarding the front left and back left. Woods hug the right side tightly and there is natural area in front of the green that is almost-certain to eat any ball that finds it’s way in there. A smooth, straight shot onto the green is ideal here. The green cants slightly from back to front.
Hole 13 | Par 4
Lucky 13! This hole is also very narrow. This hole is not forgiving to any type of fade or slice, as the trees hang so close to the left side, and the entire hole cants from left to right. There is another steep drop-off beyond the right side treeline. If you can’t hit a straight driver shot, leave it in the bag here. There is a bunker on the left side that only requires 200 yards in the air to clear. The best tee shot lands on the left side of the fairway and will inevitably roll into the center or even to the right side. The green is heavily guarded on the front right by trees and bunkers. The left side of the green is the most approachable area, with a hill acting as a little backstop around the left and back sides of the green. The green is multi-leveled and has a valley of sorts that runs almost all the way across it, making for some very tough putts no matter where the pin is
Hole 14 | Par 4
Another big risk/reward situation. This hole curves hard to the left, right at the 150 marker. From the tee, you’re staring straight at a couple of massive bunkers, just beyond the fairway. You also get a little glimpse of the water that comes into play on your approach shot. Unless you’re having a really great day with your driver, we recommend leaving it in the bag on this hole as well. A 200-yard tee shot gets you inside the 150 marker. If you’re really wanting to let the big dog eat, aim towards the left and try to cut the corner a little bit. Be warned though, 2 bunkers await an underpowered shot to the left, that almost guarantee a layup shot to get out of them. The approach shot is over a little creek and the green is huge. A bunker shrouds the back-right of the green and there’s a good bit of bailout room to the left of the green. The water should only come into play if you let it. The creek is really the only thing to contend with, but the pond is close enough to get in your head and trigger a shank. Focus on the prize!!
Hole 15 | Par 3
The last par 3 of the day is a tough one. Normally playing around 175-180 from the whites, it takes a big tee shot that has stopping power, to stay on the green. The green is guarded around almost the entire front-left side by a huge bunker. There is some room on the right side to run the ball up on the green, but not a ton. The green is deeper than it is wide and if the pin is near the back, it turns it into almost at 200 yd tee shot. There is a lot of risk trying to carry the bunker and land the ball on the green, as using such a low-lofted club to get the ball over the bunker normally results in too much roll and the ball falling off the green. If you aren’t confident in carrying the bunker, aim to get the ball near or on the front part of the green and play it safe.
Hole 16 | Par 5
Two par 5’s and a par 4 cap off an exciting and challenging 18 holes at Tega Cay. Hole 16 is deceptively tough. Most of the fairway is in a valley, where mildly off-centered shots are usually funneled back into the fairway. You’re faced with a decision on the teebox. This hole bends to the left with a big tree on the hill, guarding the corner. Some long drivers may try to cut the corner and take it over the tree. Very risky, as the fairway gets a lot more narrow past that tree. The safe play is to hit a smooth driver shot to the middle or right-center of the fairway. As long as your ball doesn’t slice too far right off the tee, you should have a good look at an unobstructed approach shot. The green has two distinct tiers and are separated by a ridge that runs from back-left to front-right. Take the pin placement into consideration when hitting your approach shot. Normally, aiming for the center of the green is a great tactic for beginner golfers. Unfortunately, here, the center of the green is all slope, forcing you to pick a side.
Hole 17 | Par 5
The second and longer of the back-to-back par 5’s. This tee shot requires distance, accuracy and a water carry. The ideal tee shot is left-of-center, in the fairway. The hole curves gently to the right, before bending almost 90 degrees more to the right, around the 100yd marker. This is a long hole and unless you have almost 300yds in your drive, there’s very little opportunity to get to the green in 2. A left-of-center tee shot sets you up for a short/middle iron to the lay-up area. The lay-up area is generous and bowl-shaped. The best shot winds up at the bottom of the bowl, in the fairway, looking straight at the green. The green is heavily guarded around the front by water and sand. Don’t be short with your approach shot, here.
Hole 18 | Par 4
Coming off of a challenging 3-5-5 stretch, a par 4 is a welcomed relief; this hole is a great one to end it on. You’re treated to a beautiful scene with a lake to your left and houses to your right, in the distance. You can barely see the green complex from the tee box, down and to the left, over some water. A smooth and straight driver swing off the tee should be fine here. Beware of the bunker to the right. A small fade from an average golfer is destined to land there. As long as your tee shot goes between that bunker and the tree on the left, you should be set up for a smooth mid-iron into the green. Water flanks the front of this green, and a couple of pot bunkers are behind it. Don’t overthink this shot and be short, as your ball will most likely land in the water. Enjoy the last cart ride to a fun green. Putt your ball, shake hands with your partner, and be grateful for another fun day at a great course!
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