A Beautiful Treat Awaits You at Baywood Greens
As if enjoying a fabulous golf course for a day wasn’t enough, now you can stick around for a few days and play Baywood Greens in Long Neck, De. A number of times.
“You can play and stay at Baywood in one of our townhouses on our famous 14 hole,” said Anthony Hollerback, Head Golf Professional. “If you feel like you would want a regular house they are also available.”
Hailed by some as the “Augusta of the North”, Baywood Greens is a visually spectacular golf course. Honored with the number one ranking by Golf Digest’s Best in State ranking for 2011-2012 and deemed one of the 50 best courses for women by Golf Magazine for Women, Baywood Greens is a superb and visually exciting play for anyone from beginner to pro.
It is the attention to detail that stands out, with eight timbered bridges, two tunnels, 27 acres of man-made ponds, and over 300,000 wildflowers, plants, shrubs, and trees. All of this will leave a lasting impression on any visitor.
There are also top notch practice facilities, including a putting and chipping green, a convenient, spacious shower area, food and refreshments. Individual lessons and clinics are available for all ages and the pro shop is always ready to assist with any need that may arise.
“Baywood is such a great place to play because it has all the beauty with a challenging course to go with it,” said Hollerback. “We have so many signatures holes that it always gives your group something to talk about after your round. The course is a mixture of player friendly and challenging. We have some holes that might be easier for the better golfers, but we also have some holes that can challenge any level of player. We draw golfers from all over the East Coast, mostly from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Maryland.”
Baywood features two nine-hole courses named Waterside and Woodside.
The Woodside nine is, of course, carved out of the woods, and is what might be considered a more “traditional routing. Players will notice not only the beauty of the hardwoods, but also wild flowers in four environmentally sensitive areas, a waterway from the Delaware Bay, and wildlife that inhabits the area.
Number one is a short par-four that requires precision from the tee to avoid fairway sand and grass bunkers. A long iron or a fairway wood leaves the player with a short iron to the two-tiered green protected by bunkers on the front left and back right.
Water guards the right side of the short par-four second. The prudent play is a long iron or fairway wood to the center of the fairway and a short iron to the green. A large green is protected by a bunker, water on the right side, and mounds on the left.
Number four is the longest par-four on the Woodside Nine. Short drives face two fairway bunkers and long drives must contend with the pond on the left. Play the second shot with a long iron or fairway wood to the smallest green on the course that is protected by water and sand on the left.
The fifth hole is a very challenging par-five. You are greeted by a very generous fairway. The second shot is downhill to the lay-up area. This leaves a short iron to a two-tiered green protected by a large bunker on the left. Par is a great score on this “monster hole”.
On the par-three sixth hole you will be asked to hit a fairway wood or long iron over tidal wetlands from bulk-head tee areas. The green is larger than it appears and is protected by a huge bunker front right and a smaller bunker in the back.
With acres of man-made ponds on virtually every hole, the Waterside Nine at Baywood Greens lives up to its name. The golfer is in for a treat as he or she stands on the tee box or in the fairway and enjoys views over the water. Also featuring two tunnels and several timbered bridges, the Waterside Nine offers a unique experience.
The eleventh hole is a mid-length par-three. Hit a mid-iron into a large green protected by water on three sides and a bunker on the right front and left. A par is very rewarding on this beautiful hole.
Number 12 is the shortest par-four on the Waterside Nine. A well-played tee shot over water sets up an opportunity for birdie with a short iron. The green is severely sloped with deep undulation. The right side of the green is protected by sand, while thick rough protects the left.
The 14th hole is a long par-four that offers two options: drive to the island fairway or play it right as a long dogleg left. Use a mid to long iron or a fairway wood on the second shot to reach the green, protected by sand bunkers, in two.
The 15th is relatively short par-three, but the green is elevated 16 feet. Use an extra club to compensate for the change in elevation. A severely terraced green is protected by a pond and surrounded by sand.
The finishing hole is a pretty par-four that begins with island tees and ends with an arched bridge. A long and accurate drive is required to set up a difficult second shot to a green guarded by bunkers and water. Par is an excellent score.
“The toughest hole I would say is number four,” said Hollerback. “To play it you need a long drive down a fairway that is protected by two fairway bunkers. You hope to hit it far enough that you have a long iron into a green that is protected by a large bunker. Most players will be hitting a fairway wood or a hybrid into the green. Once you arrive on the green you are always left with a challenging putt with breaks you just don’t see. A par on this hole is an excellent score.”
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