Golfing in February is no small feat in these parts... In fact, many SEPA golfers flee to Myrtle Beach and Florida during the winter months just to stay on top of their game. Well, we here at SEPA Golf just experienced an incredible round right in our own backyard! That's right folks, today it was 50 degrees and sunny, and Spring Hollow Golf Club (SHGC) in Spring City provided the perfect track for our big winter day out.
Let's start at the beginning... duh. The pro shop at SHGC is a welcoming, albeit small room with a modest selection of equipment and gear. Most of the clothing offerings have the course name on them, which is nice for those seeking souvenirs, but can be limiting for golfers seeking manufacturer branded merch (such as Titleist, Calloway, etc.). The gentlemen at the counter greeted us with a smile and even hooked us up with free hot chocolate (after my request for coffee was denied). He was very helpful and we were even happier when we were told that it would only be $27 to hammer out 18 with a cart. Nice!
And finally, hole 14 requires a good tee shot in order to have a shot over a large lake to reach the Par 5 green in two. Too short of a drive means laying up, and a very wide but very shallow green can lead to 3 putts.
In all honesty, it was an awesome day... One we won't soon forget. Whether it was a freak beau day, or global warming, the fact remains that we were lucky to have so much fun out on the course, and Spring Hollow did not disappoint. We eagerly await the start of Spring, to return to this course to experience it in all of it's splendor.
For February, the course was in terrific shape. The tee boxes were lush, as were the fairways and rough. The sand appeared to be rock solid, but upon playing out of it, it actually gave way pretty nicely. There was even a bit of snow in some of the bunkers, which is quite an oddity when you think about it. We were half hoping we had the chance to play out of a snow mound, but fortunately (or unfortunately) that never happened... "Throw me the Snow Wedge, Merle!" Arghhhh. Anyway, the only thing we had modest issues with were the greens. Some of them were a wee bit rough in small areas, but again, it's the middle of winter, so the fact that you could even hold a true putt is quite remarkable. We just can't sugar coat this entire review... Haha.
The course itself is not overly difficult but does pose a few challenges. Hole 7 is a long uphill Par 4 coming out of a chute off the tee, with a fairway bunker on left. It's a long approach to a green surrounded by hills and sand. Hole 9 is a dogleg left Par 4 where a well executed short tee shot should leave you with a short iron over wetlands to a slightly elevated green surrounded by deep bunkers on each side.