Sand Valley Golf Resort - The Sandbox
|Crenshaw (18-hole)||54||1757 yards||52.3||104|
|Coore (18-hole)||54||1360 yards||51.2||103|
|Putting (18-hole) (W)||54||796 yards||53.4||105|
|Crenshaw M: 52.3/104||105||145||89||78||105||80||51||98||57||808||107||74||115||75||120||121||149||83||105||949||1757|
|Coore M: 51.2/103||88||104||78||60||73||67||42||86||52||650||83||48||96||54||94||96||96||55||88||710||1360|
|Putting W: 53.4/105||57||51||46||42||43||40||36||41||42||398||45||30||52||36||45||55||43||35||57||398||796|
A buddies hangout
I don't think the Sandbox is as compelling as The Preserve at Bandon Dunes or as endearing as the Cradle at Pinehurst, but it certainly delivers the fun, if done right.
I walked it solo when I should have begged my way into the six-some a couple holes behind me. They were having a great time and the alcohol was flowing. There's a bartender and a canoe filled with beer serving groups on the first tee.
Most of the course is wedge/half-wedge shots to treacherous, sloping greens. Some pins get tucked behind evil bunkering.
Beyond the 145-yard second hole, it's not until holes 14-16 that golfers hit more 8 or 9 irons. Those holes play from 120 yards to 149 yards. The final green, the 17th, is guarded by perhaps the scariest bunker on property, a deep and dark pit. Avoid it at all cost. Unless you want to drop a ball in there and give it a go.
Fun, Fun and Fun
Coors and Crenshaw learned a lot from their Bandon Dunes experience . These 17 holes are just so much fun to play and practice your short game. You go up and down and around. It is a true test of your distance control and putting abilities. You Do not want to miss the experience when you are visiting Sand Valley.