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Name: Birdie Man
From: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Handicap: 17
Date: February 2003


SandPiper Bay G.C.

Sunset Beach,
North Carolina, USA
(910) 579-9120

Public course
27 Holes available
USD$89 including cart


Greens: Impressive
Fairways: Impressive
Tees: Good
Sand Traps: Excellent
Scenery: Average
Layout: Excellent
Comment: Great layout with awesome mix of different types of holes.

Club and Facilities

Pro Shop : Good
Pro Shop Service : Good
Practice facility : Good
Food and beverage: Average
F&B service: Average
Food value: Poor
Bev Cart : Yes
Bev Cart Rating: Average
Comment: Food was very 'normal' but prices were upscale.

General Comments:

When we arrived the cart attendants insisted on taking our clubs from the cars to the carts, "That's why they pay me." he said. Excellent service!

We played all three nines which were similar in both layout and difficulty. this being said, I found the Piper course the longest (and it is by about 100 yards) because of the the wind that constantly seemed to be in our face.

I don't think a hole ever ran next to another. Each hole was like its own little golf course. There was a bit of driving between a few of the holes but that was fine given the benefit of always being by yourself of the course.

Lots of water here and some long holes too. The course was in very good condition especially in light of the tough winter the area had. The yardage markings on the course were good and plentiful.

My only disappointment was the restaurant. After our first nine I went in to get a sandwich. I had to wait a little too long for my liking and the sandwich was a ham and cheese sandwich on white bread like i would make at home. I think there might have been lettuce on it and it did come with some potato chips, but for $5.50 I was expecting a decent sized kaiser bun and a decent sized sandwich.

The restaurant, called 'Pipers', was very nice and I am sure that this is one of the reasons that the food was a little more expensive. The beverage cart was good, the girl was very nice and pleasant. Again, though, my chocolate bar was about $0.10-$0.20 more expensive than at most other clubs.

The three nines are called, Sand, Piper and Bay. Not all that creative but easy to discern nonetheless.

Best Hole: Sand course: #9
Why: Terrific dogleg left that rewards accurate shot making. Your drive on this par four needs to be far enough to have a look at the green and also a little left otherwise your approach shot will be a long iron instead of a middle one. The green is large and slopes back to front. Number 1 handicap hole on the nine.

Best Hole: Piper course: #7
Why: This par five plays extremely long into the wind. Measured 536 yards from the whites and playing into the wind, this hole is a challenge for even accomplished golfers. The water in front of you on the tee is very much in play as you need to decide how far over it you are going to go. Long hitters have a definite advantage off the tee. After that its all about shot making as the second lading area is narrow and the green well protected. Stay out of the trees on the right or a snowman (8) is very possible.

Best Hole: Bay course: #3
Why: Long par three with water between the tee and green and often plays into the wind. Measured at 193, shorter hitters will have to lay up to the fairway left of the green which is well protected. Even a great drive from the tee can easily end up with bogey on this large sloping green. One benefit is that the drop area for the water is right behind the green in a very advantageous spot.

Overall rating : Impressive

Overall value: Average

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