Hole Spotlight: True Blue #1

On many golf courses, the opening hole usually doesn’t give players a lot of problems. It’s a chance to get warmed up, take a breakfast ball or two, and prepare themselves for the rest of their round.

But when you take on the Mike Strantz design at True Blue Golf Club, you are thrown straight into the fire. The first hole at True Blue is a par 5 that rates as the hardest hole on the entire golf course.

While a classic belief in golf is “you can waste a shot on a par 5,” you cannot afford to throw one away on this particular hole. Number 1 plays at a good length for a par 5: 499 yards from the middle white tees, and if you play farther back it will be from 600 yards or more. A true test of golf.

The dogleg left requires players to navigate waste bunkers that guard both sides of the fairway, and run the complete length of the hole. And that’s not the only trouble lurking just off the fairways: bordering those waste bunkers are dense tree lines that will warrant a punch out for virtually any shot that finds them.

Players who find the fairway off the tee, though, are left with a classic “risk-reward” decision: go for a green guarded by a creek and surrounded by bunkers, or take your second shot to safer ground just short of the waste area protecting the left side, leaving you with a third shot that you’ll want to hit high and soft to hold a narrow green. Either way, you’ll need to make sure you have enough club to clear those elements.

Getting through the first hole at True Blue can be a tall task, but hit the fairway and the green and your round is off to a great start. For more information on True Blue, click here! To book your tee time give us a call at 888-483-6800!