Hole Spotlight: Litchfield Country Club #18

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A large part of the game of golf is being able to shape your golf ball, and whether you prefer to hit slight draws or going fades there is always a golf course that suits your game. Litchfield Country Club, located in Pawleys Island, will favor the player who can get creative with their golf game.

Almost every hole at Litchfield requires some sort of shaped shot off the tee, making it one of the more fun yet challenging tracks in the area. Though the course is on the shorter side, longer hitters cannot overpower it. And Willard Byrd’s classic design is put on full display when you step on the 18th tee box.

The par-four 18th Hole at Litchfield Country Club is a slight dogleg right with more trouble on it than most players care to see. The tee shot requires players to hit through a chute created by surrounding trees, to the fairway that opens up a bit as you approach the landing area. Longer players can attempt to cut the corner, but the large group of trees to the right is what they especially need to avoid. In order to have a clear shot at the green the ideal tee shot should land on the left side of the fairway, short of the two fairway bunkers. Make sure you don’t go too far left and find the water.

The approach shot to this green isn’t the easiest. Water juts in short of the green, so there is a forced carry to at least reach the chipping area that fronts it. The green has a false front where any shot with spin will be sent back down the slope. The green is also flanked by two bunkers, and over the back of the green is trouble. The good news? You should only have an 8 iron to wedge into the green, so accuracy for most players should be less of an issue.

Golf is an art and though the game is getting longer, Litchfield Country Club will never change. The 18th Hole is a reminder that not every par four has to play 450 yards. For more information on Litchfield Country Club, click here! To begin planning your Waccamaw Golf Trail trip, click here!

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