We had the course essentially to ourselves, with a group in front of us on the first two holes that we never saw the rest of the round. No one played behind us the entire round, and we finished in under 4 hours (despite my incessant photo taking). The 95-degree heat, with no breeze, surely scared everyone off. We were grateful that the course managers had ice-cold towels at the 10th tee box, which we grabbed before heading to #1. There was plenty of water on the course, although no beverage cart.
Just a few highlight holes here, with more about the course and the community coming in a future edition of the HomeOnTheCourse community guide. The modestly proportioned par 4 first hole is deceiving, at just 336 from the back tee. You have the option to fly the traps at the right edge of the fairway, about 210 yards to clear, or play it safe down the left and then come into the green over the lone greenside bunker, at front left. It is a fair starter. The par 3s are outstanding, the most memorable the 224 yard 11th. In view from the tee is 120 yards of water, followed by a small bit of fairway, then sliver of marsh, another bit of fairway with small traps left and right at the front of the green, as one behind right to catch overzealous pokes. It was the best par I made all day, after a lucky bounce off the slope just short and right of the green.
Coosaw's toughest hole is the par 4 14th, a 424-yarder with an all-or-nothing approach over a wide expanse of marshland. Landing in the long, thin trap at front right is small compensation for clearing the marsh; the possibility of up and down to the forward sloping green will depend on how far the ball is from the bunker's lip. Long hitters may be a bit miffed at the closing holes at Coosaw, but not me (my long hitting days are over). Water on the par 5 16th is 280 from the tee box, and marsh on the par 4 17th less than 240, although you can hit 25 yards longer down the left side. The 16th is reachable in two big shots, and the deep, narrow green is the only one on the course not protected by a sand bunker. The closing hole is another short one, at 345 yards, with marsh protecting the entire left side and two bunkers in driving range at the elbow of the dogleg. A shot to mid fairway leaves the kind of simple approach shot that will make the post-round beer in the clubhouse taste that much better.
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Many approach shots at Coosaw are fraught with danger, as at the 16th.