No. 9, 413-yard, par 4: A long dogleg right, No. 9 doesn’t leave a lot of room for error but it decides a lot of nine-hole matches. Off the tee there is a bunker on the right and out-of-bounds on the left, and the second shot is into a large angled green that is well bunkered.
“My advice would be to make sure you are hitting to the correct side of the green,” Bodensteiner says. “Look where the flag is and make sure you use enough club. With bunker in front it’s okay to be long but not short.”
A par on No. 9 is a good score.
No. 14, 186-yard, par 3: A beautiful island green, No. 14 isn’t particularly long but danger lurks. Best case scenario on a mishit shot is to find one of the three bunkers that guard the green, otherwise you are donating a ball to the cause. That being said the green is fairly large so you players don’t have to be throwing darts to stay dry.
No. 18, 518-yard, par 5: On a course full of memorable holes, the eighteenth would be on nearly everyone’s list of River Club’s best. The dogleg left features a pair of yawning bunkers on each side of the fairway off the tee and a lake that surrounds the green on two sides.
With the clubhouse in the background, No. 18 is a beautiful hole and its reachable in two, but it will take some nerve to execute one of the most daring shots on the Grand Strand.
“You’ve got to be brave to go for it in two,” Bodensteiner says. “You’ve got to cross the water twice. My advice would be to hit one more club than you think you should.”
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