Hole 1: First Encounters
Par : 4
The opening hole at Somabay Golf is 419 yards dog-leg to the right around one of the many lakes on the Course. It provides a “First Encounters” with many of the Course’s characteristic features: the water hazards, the strategically placed bunkers, the shaped greens.
Hole 1 is a wind-assisted dog-leg to the right with a waste bunker forming the left boundary. On the right, starting roughly 110 yards from the championship tee, a lateral water hazard parallels the fairway up to and beyond the green. About 250 yards away from the championship tee, or 135 yards from the ladies ‘ tee, a big bunker divides the fairway in the general direction of play.
The green has two levels from left to right and a protective bunker at its right front side. The first hole introduces the golfer to many of the characteristic features of Somabay Golf– the first encounter with one of the course’s many water hazards, and with its strategically placed bunkers, and its shaped greens.
This encounter is likely to be of the hazardous and challenging kind and offers an opportunity to draw first blood.