Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Furman’s 2nd hole sets tone for the rest of course

Posted 12/13/2010 2:20:00 PM

You don’t realize it when you first step on the tee of the 2nd hole of the Furman University Golf Club, but you are actually getting a preview of the challenging 16 holes that lay ahead of you.

From the tee, there is nothing particularly striking about the 2nd hole. There are no dramatic elevation changes, water is nowhere to be found, and there is only one sand trap that comes into play in the fairway. It is a very straightforward 520-yard par 5.

However, if you look a little closer, you’ll realize -- it’s not an optical illusion. The fairway really is that narrow. It takes two very long and very straight shots to have a chance at hitting the green in regulation. And then it is still not a given.

In the spirit of Donald Ross, the green slopes off on all sides and is guarded closely by three sand traps. This means that any approach has to be accurate within a few yards to hold the green and stay out of trouble.

The 2nd hole is great by itself, but what really makes it outstanding for me is that it perfectly prepares you for the rest of the course at Furman … for better or worse. If you have trouble staying in the fairway on the 2nd, or if the green gets the best of you, you’re in for a long day. It doesn’t get much easier. Trust me.

Now is a great time to check out the challenging Furman course. Winter rates, starting as low as $15 for 18 holes, are now in place until April 1st. Click here to book a tee time.