锘? Summer may only have officially arrived earlier this week Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey , but the city folk have been heading east towards the beach since the first taste of warm weather. For this writer, this meant a nice long weekend in Ocean City, MD in the beginning of June. It was a great opportunity to visit one of the top courses in the country, the Links at Lighthouse Sound.
The conditions of this course always exceed expectations, and highlights of some of the premier holes and unique characteristics of the design will follow. LighthouseBut part of the incredible experience that Lighthouse provides its players is the excitement elicited even before reaching the clubhouse. Driving from Ocean City, you travel along Route 90 over the Asawoman Bay Bridge. With a watchful eye, you are provided a view of some of the holes from the Front 9 of Lighthouse, immediately triggering memories of off shore breezes and sounds from the bay affecting the trajectory of your golf shots. Your smile only widens as you make the turn onto St. Martins Neck road and approach the course.
The staff and facilities are everything expected of a 5 star golf course. My early tee time made us the first group out in the morning, and even though the sun had not yet fully risen, we were greeted at the bag drop by a full staff of attendants. The Lighthouse Pro Shop has just about everything and anything a golfer may (or may not) need for their round (NOTE during the late springearly summer season Ronde Barber Jersey , they sell bug spray for a reason, so make sure to take notice). The Head Golf Pro was there to check us in, welcome us to the course and provide some updates & advice on how the course was playing. The genuine and passionate nature of the conversation only reinforces that you are in for an incredible golf experience, and you feel like you are walking on air as you head towards the driving range.
With the exception of not having tees at the range (mainly my mistake since I didnt have any in my pocket), the driving range is in perfect condition. Lush, grass tee boxes and a wide open layout enable you to work on every shot with every club. One of the best features is that the range is less than a Lob Wedge away from the Starter, meaning that you are left alone to practice until they are ready to send you to Hole #1. When your time is finally called, your cart is sitting there waiting for you and the Starter makes sure educate you even more about the course. With a final order of good luck and have fun, youre on your way to some of the best 18 holes of golf youll ever play.
The first 8 holes are positioned on the Bayside and have a Links style design. Wind is always a factor because youre so close to the shore; even though you may not feel it on your face, the ball will be affected. Just about every single hole presents a challenge Warren Sapp Buccaneers Jersey , whether it be hazards off the tee, sloped greens or bunkers scattered all over the place. I mean, I think I spent more time in the sand during the round than the previous day at the Beach!
Hole #5 is a Par 3 that will be burned into your memory. From the Tees we played (definitely not the Tips!) it seems like an average 168 yard, 6 iron for me. Of course, this hole is positioned on the Bay; the water doesnt come into play, but the swirling winds certainly do. I tested the breeze and decided to aim towards the left edge of the green with my 6 iron. Miraculously, the shot went exactly where I wanted it to . . . that is, until the wind took hold. The ball ended up moving about 40 yards from left to right and fell 15 yards short of the green. I stood there in awe, and all the rest of the guys in my group could say was, thanks for going first.
The 6th is fun because the Bay is in play along the entire right side of the hole. Its not the most challenging Par 4 on the course Mike Alstott Buccaneers Jersey , and it seems like the Arthur Hills decided to give everyone a slight break before having to face the long, dogleg right, Par 5 at #7.
Hole #7, Par 5
Hole #7, Par 5
This hole provides just about every single challenge a course can offer not only do you have to clear a 150+ yard hazard off the tee, but wind is still a major factor that could pull your ball out of bounds to the right. You are in good shape on the fairway, that is, until you try to rip your 2nd shot and it lands in the ravine positioned about 100 yards from the green. Bunkers are scattered 360 degrees around the elevated green, and just like with the other 17 holes at Lighthouse, a 2 Putt is a win. What a hole!
From Front 8 to Back 10 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Buccaneers Jersey , you feel like youre playing an entirely different course. Part of that is because you travel over the longest golf cart bridge in the world (well, at least it feels like that), but Lighthouse #s 9 18 are less open, Links style and more tight, tree lined. Basically its the same impeccable conditions with a completely different set of challenges.
The 10th is memorable because its a short Par 4 that just begs for you to go for the green off the Tee. Now I dont know who was whispering in my ear that I would be able to drive the ball 270+ yards, but something told me that it would be the right way to start off the Back 9. Fortunately, my aggressive swing resulted in a mild slice, and my ball landed in the rough about 50 yards from the green. Had it gone straight, theres no doubt that I would have been facing a steep climb out of a trap.
There are lots of individual shots that make you realize how fortunate you are to be playing such a wonderful course, like the creative approach required on the Par 5 Lavonte David Buccaneers Jersey , #12, the long shot from the fairway on the Par 4, #14 to get to the green in regulation, and the blind tee shot on the Par 4, #17. To end it, Lighthouse concedes a short Par 5 at the 18th, and a strong tee shot rewards you with an opportunity to go for the green in two. With the clubhouse vi Understand The Suggesti.