Shoal Creek Golf Club Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Shoal Creek Golf Club, Alabama

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Hole 1 at Shoal Creek Golf Club is a long par 4 that plays to 405 yards from the championship tees. It requires an accurate tee shot down the fairway, which has a slight dogleg left and measures 25 yards wide. The green area is 8107 sq ft with four bunkers, including 5% of bunkers on the green itself.

In terms of club selection for your tee shot, you will want to use your driver if playing from the Championship or Pro tees (approximately 217 yards) and 3-wood or hybrid if playing from Men's, Women's or Senior Women's tees (approximately 140-160 yards).

The weather in Birmingham can vary significantly across all four seasons. In springtime temperatures range between 50°F - 80°F with low humidity levels making it ideal golfing conditions; however wind speeds can be higher than usual due to thunderstorms occurring more often during this time of year. During summer months temperatures range between 60°F - 90°F and tend to be humid while fall brings cooler temperatures ranging between 40°F - 70°F with lower winds speeds as well as less rain compared to other times of year. Lastly winter temperature ranges between 32 ° F – 55 ° F but tends to have higher winds speeds so you may need extra club when approaching greenside shots.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 405 yards

Handicap: 9

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Slight dogleg

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Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

Given the long and narrow fairway with a slight dogleg left, you will want to aim for the right side of the fairway off your tee shot. This will leave you in better position for your second shot as well as avoiding any bunkers on the left side. Additionally, it is important to note that this hole plays longer than its yardage due to elevation changes so be sure to factor that into your club selection.

When approaching the green, keep in mind that there are 4 bunkers surrounding it including 5% on the green itself. The best way to avoid these hazards is by playing conservatively and hitting shots slightly short of where you would normally hit them when playing an approach shot without any sand traps around. This will allow you more room for error if needed and also provide a better chance at making par or birdie depending on how close you get to pin placement.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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