Pro's Advice: No bail out, no fairway, and very little apron! It forces a careful club choice, long enough to not get wet. The elevated gold and green tees also give distance. With the huge contoured green, over 8,000 square feet, it can take two good putts for par. However, it is cradled, and a long shot will just be very difficult to play out of the rough, but not far away! The long, narrow ridge, provides lots of teeing space for mid and forward tees, but the angle is deceptive! Don't let the marsh psych you out! This was the scene of our first hole-in-one but don't let that intimidate you. (However, this green did intimidate one pro who commented "Too much green-I can't concentrate!!")
Naturalist's Advice: This is the only spot where golf is visible from Hwy 77, recently designated a National Scenic Byway. It is also the only hole where the golfer can see any sign of development or civilization! Two deep potholes and a swamp divide this hole, each with its own variety of vegetation. The huge green lies cupped in a pocket with several large oaks behind it. The long, narrow ridge that provides the cart path and teeing space for mid and forward tees is an old man-made grade from the logging era of the last century. It was later used as the original road through this area, and today our golf carts travel this historical remnant of the logging era. The cart trail continues up an old cut of the original Hwy 77. It had grown up since being abandoned in the '40's but the cuts and compaction left unmistakable signs for us to follow. Unfortunately, we also found all sorts of overgrown dump sites from the "good old days" that were cleaned up to create Teal Wing and provide a collection of old bleach bottles! On #5 green, the otter often stops to enjoy the sun and play in the ponds before going on his way back into the forest across the highway. Otters follow a regular and accustomed route, like the old circuit riders and pass by here about every two weeks! A storm shelter and a bathroom hide in the woods between #5 and #6.