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Golf Course Overview: Nansemond River Golf Club (Front Nine)
Located in Suffolk, Virginia, Nansemond River Golf Club is a par 72 public golf course that measures out to nearly 7,300 yards from the furthest tees. What follows is an overview of the first nine holes, for those who may be interested in playing the course for the first time. Note: yardages are from the blue tees.
Hole 1 Par 4 375 Yards
This is a medium length hole with a slight bend to the left. There are two fairway bunkers left starting about 200 yards from the tee box, as well as a large one right as well. Bunkers guard the green short left and long right and there is a ridge going down the middle of the green horizontally. A good tee shot should lead to a great chance at making birdie.
Hole 2 Par 3 158 yards
A slightly downhill par 3 where golf balls can be easily influenced by the wind. A large bunker covers the front side of the green about 10 yards short into a horizontal green with a small ridge in the middle-back. There is also water to watch out for over the green, but it is about 20 yards beyond it so it doesn't really come into play unless there is a severe misclub.
Hole 3 Par 5 544 Yards
This hole has a sever dogleg left to it, with a large fairway bunkers about 225 yards away on the left side that can be carried with a solid tee shot. The second shot is downhill, with two greenside bunkers short left and long right and a ridge in the middle-front of the green going horizontally. With a solid second shot birdie should not be very difficult.
Hole 4 Par 4 333 Yards
A straightaway par 4 that is more difficult than it first looks. There are fairway bunkers down both sides, as well as a pot bunker in the middle of the fairway about 60 yards short. A solid fairway wood will leave an awkward yardage into a green with a bunker on the right side and a ridge in the middle-back of the green that makes it look two-tiered. Good use of strategy will lead to a great chance at making birdie.
Hole 5 Par 4 447 Yards
Easily the most difficult hole on the golf course, while it is straightaway both the tee shot and second shot are over marsh, with trees down the left side and a fairway bunker about 250 yards away on the right side from the tee box. A greenside bunker guards the left side short of the green and there is a small ridge going horizontally in the middle-back of the green. Par is a good score here.
Hole 6 Par 4 396 Yards
This hole has a slight dogleg left to it with two fairway bunkers on the right side and houses not too far off on the left side. The fairway is pretty wide though and should lend itself to an easy approach shot. There is a large bunker about 30 yards short right of the green that must be avoided, and there is also another bunker to the left side of the green. There is a valley in the middle right of the green, with everything sloping to the right.
Hole 7 Par 3 206 Yards
A lengthy par 3 with the wind, it is a hole that features a lot of sand both right and left. There is a large bunker running beside the tee to the right, and two greenside bunkers to the left that are difficult to get out of. A small ridge goes across the middle-back of the green horizontally, with the green generally sloping from back to front.
Hole 8 Par 4 417 Yards
This hole is straight and features a narrow tee shot with out of bounds markers on both sides. A fairway bunker on the left side will cause difficulties if hit into, with a cut shot starting out at the bunker being the best play off the tee. The approach shot is into a horizontal green with a bunker long right, and the green slopes from front to back.
Hole 9 Par 5 512 Yards
Like the previous hole, this one features a tight tee shot, this time with water on the left side starting about 225 yards from the tee box and houses all down the right side as well as two fairway bunkers. The second shot features two more fairway bunkers on the left side about 75 yards away. The green is large and slopes generally from back to front.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for over a decade and currently runs The Yips Blog, a blog dedicated solely to the game of golf. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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