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The Maritime Explorer’s Take on True Blue’s First Six Holes

Dale Dunlop is “The Maritime Explorer,” and he’s traveled the world and written about it from his home base in St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia for more than three decades. South Carolina and its Lowcountry have been among Dale’s countless global visits, which have included golfing excursions to each of Mike Strantz’s masterpiece designs at Caledonia and True Blue. Dale’s love for Strantz’s work prompted him to offer his own hole-by-hole insights he gleaned from his experience at True Blue. Here, in the first of three parts, is Dale’s take on the first third of his True Blue playing journey.

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Strantz Spotlight: #17 at True Blue

Mike Strantz is known for his wild, constantly moving fairways, and at True Blue Golf Club we’re lucky enough to have many wide fairways that give every golfer a great chance at finding them off the tee. One of our favorite holes is the par-four 17th, which not only exemplifies this trait but is a great reminder of a hole that should not be overlooked if your mind starts to drift ahead to True Blue’s more renowned finishing hole.

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Video Tip: Increasing Body Rotation

You see how the tour players do it, so how can you? Steve Dresser of the Steve Dresser Golf Academy at True Blue Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. demonstrates the difference between how professional golfers and amateurs rotate their bodies through impact, and show some exercises to help you do it more like the pros.

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Strantz Spotlight: #16 at True Blue Golf Club

When you tee it up at True Blue Golf Club, you’re treated to five great par threes. You visit the 3rd and 7th holes first. Each of these has a crazy green complex that can feed your ball toward the hole. The 11th sports a large green with a tier right in the middle of it. The 14th has the most unique bunkering on the entire golf course. Today, our focus shifts to the final par three at True Blue, the 16th hole.

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Strantz Spotlight: #15 at True Blue

Mike Strantz designs can offer compelling examples of visual deception at any given turn, as you’ll see right away when you step to the tee of the 15th hole at True Blue Golf Club. This par five looks like a tough driving hole, but in reality you have some room to miss. Waste bunkers protect both the right and left sides of the fairway. Tee shots up the left side will leave the best angle for a layup, and give the longer hitters a chance to go for it.

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Strantz Spotlight: #12 at True Blue Golf Club

Mike Strantz is known for making some holes that are “easy” for most golfers. The short 9th at Caledonia is the first hole that jumps to mind. However, Strantz also makes some holes that are absolute brutes, including the 12th at True Blue, nicknamed the “shed hole.”

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Strantz Spotlight: #13 at True Blue Golf Club

While most of Mike Strantz’s designs have some of the toughest holes in golf, he offers up his fair share of birdie chances, too. At True Blue you have the tough stretch of holes from Nos. 2 through 4, but you’re given a good chance to attack on 5 and 6. Another hole that many golfers take advantage of is the par-4 13th.

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