Picturesque. That’s the easiest way to describe Hole Number 18 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, as the ultimate show of Mike Strantz’s brilliance. The clubhouse overlooking the green, the tidal water feeding from the river, and the beautiful surrounds make this hole one of most photographed holes in all of Grand Strand golf.
While the surrounds of this hole are jaw dropping, the design of this golf hole is of particular interest. Let’s start with the tee shot. The tee box aims you toward the water, so it is important that you adjust. The ideal shot here is a cut shot down the left side of this fairway. The water that runs down the right side of this fairway ultimately crosses and separates the fairway from the green. No more than a 250-yard tee shot is needed if you are playing the Pintail tees.
A forced carry over water is required for your second shot. It shouldn’t be more than 150 yards, which gives you the chance to get aggressive with that mid-iron. Don’t worry, if your approach finds the water, there is a drop area by the green. There is a small bunker just over the water and short of the green. One bunker off the back-left side of the putting surface and two more on the right are the only obstacles in your way.
The way this green is set makes it really fun for golfers. When the pin is on the left side of the green you can you use the slope behind the hole to bring it back. If it’s on the opposite side of the green, use the ridge that divides the green and let your ball work off of that.