Yeamans Hall Club
South Carolina, United States of America

6th hole, 190 yards, Redan; A classically manufactured Redan hole.One could sit on the tee all day trying to get the draw just right. The Club wisely allowed Jim Urbina to extend the tee box back another twelve yards in 2003 to allow the better player to keep a mid to low iron in his hand. The ground game aspects of a Redan green complex do not function as well if the player is hitting in too short (i.e. too high) a club.

Yeaman Hall’s attention to detail is admirable: the bunkers 40 yards shy of the putting surface similar to those found at the original Redan at North Berwick were restored in 2006.

As seen from the right of the green, the golfer should use the pronounced right to left slope on the green to run the ball toward the back left hole locations. As at North Berwick, three bunkers guard the rear of the green.

7th hole, 435 yards, Road; The essence of an approach to any Macdonald/Raynor Road Hole is how one runs the approach shot past the front left Road bunker while avoiding the long bunker along the right of the green that simulates the road at St. Andrews. In this case, like the RoadHole at Piping Rock, the approach is uphill. The fact that is still plays so well is a testament to the firm conditions that the Club strives to provide.

Both the drive and the approach hit into upslopes, making the 7th but one example as to why Yeamans plays longer than its scorecard indicates.

8th hole, 425 yards; Falling over the most dramatic terrain on the course, this natural hole impresses as it heads toward the savannah. Several paces past the back of the 40 yard long green is Goose Creek,which makes it difficult to chase after back hole locations with the required conviction. The long green coupled with depth perception problems beyond lends the 8th green to the site of many a three putt. Interestingly enough, the most spectacularly situated natural green site on the course features the shallowest greenside bunkers, almost as if Raynor didn’t want to distract too much from the lovely long views across the savannah.

The attractive low country backdrop to the 8th green.

The long and rolling 8th green is open in front.

9th hole, 530 yards, Long; As recently as a decade ago, there was only one shallowbunker from tee to green on this three shotter, thus robbing it of much playing interest. Four of Raynor’s original five bunkers have been now restored and the golfer needs to negogiate past them to set upa pitch to the built-up green complex. The green features one of the most pronounced north/south spines on the course and the golfer is wise to use its slopes to access the hole locations on the edge of the green, rather than flirt on his approach shot with the deep greenside bunkers.

The finest view of Goose Creek is afforded from the back tee markers at the 9th.

The 7th and 9th tee balls feature the only forced carries on the course, and both of those are well under 80 yards. If there is a finer course in the United States to learn the game and then enjoy it for life, the author hasn’t seen it.

10th hole, 360 yards, Cape; The player delights in seeing a medium length two shotter at the start of the second nine as he has just played four difficult two shotters in the past six holes. Yet, the golfer needs to be careful: this green is the smallest target of any of the two shotters plus it has the most fierce interior contours on the course. The built-up green is surrounded left, right, and over by deep bunkers. The green is a worry as a broad horseshoe print much deeper than the one on the 3rd is found within the green. The right side rises into a shelf providing several of the toughesthole locations on the course. The way the green protrudes into the steep right bunker is how the hole earns its name.

The short iron approach to the 10th holds plenty of interest as…

…deep bunkers left…

…right and behind make for very difficult recovery shots. Note the day’s hole location is in the horseshoe print. As with many Raynor designs, the bunkers aren’t so much deep as the green is high.

11th hole, 405 yards, Maiden; Yeamans Hall’s trump card over Raynor’s design at nearby Country Club of Charleston is the rolling topography with which Raynor had to work. He made perfect use of it here whereby a forty yard gulley intersects the fairway starting215 yards from the tee. Tee balls down the left have a clear view of the Maiden green but Raynor’s bunker cut into the far side of the gulley insures that many an approach is blind from that side. The concept of a blind approach in the low country is novel indeed (!) but the hole’s lasting attribute has to be its Maiden green, with its elevated back left and back right sections.

The gulley that cuts through the 11th fairway is obscured in shadows but the green is in clear sight from this view 200 yards back in the fairway.

However, a 260 yard tee ball down the right leaves this blind approach, thanks to Raynor’s built up three foot fairway bunker wall.

12th hole, 355 yards; A very fine drive and pitch hole, to the point that it might be the most underrated hole on the course. Should one lay back from the two bunkers that pinch the fairway in at the 245 yard mark? Or flirt with the right bunker in order to gain the optimal angle into the green which angles from front right to back left?

The 12th green runs away from the golfer at a 45 degree angle from the fairway.

This view from the 13th tee highlights how the 12th green feeds balls into the long back bunker. In addition, this is but one of many instances where the golfer enjoys a short green to tee walk, making Yeamans Hall one of the finest walks in the game.

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