Tobacco Road NC

This is a hard course to put in a box, if you did the box might have Wolf Creek and Cruden Bay in it.

A brutal yet playful design, over and over again you are challenged to pull out the hero shot, all the while knowing you should make the conservative play.

Key holes:

The first tee shot is the most intimidating shot on the course a semi blind drive reveals a roomy fairway, not what it seemed from the tee (this is a recurring theme all the way through the course).

Five is an amazing risk reward hole, the ironic thing about is that if you pull off the big a shot it will most likely bounce over the green anyway - but still the challenges call you to take the risk.

Nine reminds me of a hole at Barnbougle, maybe the 8th? A tough drive to an elevated green above and to the left - what a hole just stunning!

13 has elements of royal Melbourne from the tee with some real craziness at the green - which is still pretty fair as long as the pin is on the right.

15 is a lovely par 3, cottage behind, set on the lake, the setting is stunning and the hole magnificent. Precision is required along with nerves of steel for a right pin.

The tee shot on 18 is something to behold, use your imagination here. The green is rolling and the approach is difficult, a fitting finale.

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