Considering that the first hole on any golf course can present a challenge we thought we would give some tips on how to play the hole No.1 on the Azalea Course here at Brunswick Plantation.  Each of the three nine-hole layouts presents their own challenge and we want to help golfers better understand how to play each hole. Today we take a look at Alazea Course hole No.1 as an opportunity to help golfers get off to a good start on this tough par 4.

This par 4 is 369 yards from the white tees.  That is the tees we will be using as we give our tips.  A dogleg right, the fairway dictates a shot down the left side of the fairway for most golfers.  Braver souls can challenge the corner on the right and either try to go over the top of it or fade it around it. Beware of the large fairway bunker that lines the right side of the dogleg. That can be a tough task on the first shot of the day!  Playing to the corner middle left is the safe shot off the tee.

Looking down the fairway to the green for the 2nd shot we see that there are a few small sand traps guarding the front part of the putting surface.  This means that whatever yardage we have we need to make sure that we have enough club as to not come up short.  That will lead to trouble and a potential high score on this tough hole.  A miss long or right is better than short.  Club selection is key since the green is more deep than wide it is ok to go a bit longer than you think.  The ball will probably still find itself on the dance floor.

The players that find themselves on the putting surface after two shots will be very happy.  Anywhere on this green allows for a decent look at the hole.  A par or better on No.1 is a great way to start the round.

To make a tee time click on the Tee TImes tab at the top of the screen or call the golf shop at 800.332.8576 and any one of the friendly golf shop attendants will be more than happy to help!