The Heron

The Heron course at Carolina National

Par: 36 | Black: 3517 yds | Gold: 3202 yds | Blue: 2998 yds | Teal: 2678 yds | White: 2338 yds

Heron #1 – A challenging par 4 to start out the Heron course. A conservative drive plays to the right while longer hitters may try to carry the fairway bunker for a better approach angle. A tee shot missed right of the fairway may leave an approach obstructed by trees. The green is guarded by a bunker right, but leaves room for an error and recovery to the left.

Heron #2 – The tee shot is best played down the left side to avoid the large bunkers right. The longest hitters may be able to approach this green in two. Lay-up shots will have to navigate native grasses and another large bunker. Be precise with the approach for a good chance at birdie on this wide but shallow green.

Heron #3 – Each of the various teeing grounds here present a notably different angle for the player here at this relatively short Par 4, but in each case an accurate tee shot is required.  Many players may choose to lay back with the drive as the tree line and a small hazard close in to narrow the fairway inside the 125-yard mark.  A good tee shot will leave you a slightly uphill short iron approach into the green that is sloped back to front.

Heron #4 – It’s a rather intimidating looking tee shot on this short, risk/reward par 4 as several deep bunkers are scattered around the fairway and greenside. The best line off the tee is toward the right side of the green whether playing aggressively to leave as little as a pitch shot into the green or safely laying back to minimize the chances of finding one of those hazards. An accurate shot into the green should leave another good look at birdie while you peak ahead to the best view on the course at the next.

Heron #5 – The signature hole at Carolina National, a par 3 that requires a good tee shot over the marsh to a bulk headed peninsula green.  Tee boxes wrap almost 180 degrees around the hole, again presenting a distinctly varied challenge from one to the next. The wind will likely play a significant factor here and will make club selection very important when trying to hit the green in regulation. Recovery shots will be a challenge as well with undulation and bunkers around the putting surface. Take a couple extra seconds to enjoy the scenery of the Lockwood Folly River.

Heron #6 – A long par 4 that plays slightly uphill to an elevated green.  Tee shot must be accurate to avoid the bunkers on each side of the fairway.  Approach shots may favor the right side of the green to take the front left bunker out of play.  This green has some good slopes that make for challenging putts.

Heron #7 – This tough par 4 is best played with a drive down the left for the best approach to the green. Any miss to the right will either find the water or require a left-to-right shot into the green that sits tucked in behind the trees. The surrounds to this small elevated green fall off sharply, leaving a difficult up and down.

Heron #8 – A straight forward par 3 to challenge the player’s iron game. Flags on the upper right of the green will be difficult to access behind the bunkers but a lower left flag is a good time to be aggressive. The undulating green will require a good putt for success on this hole.

Heron #9 – The dogleg par 5 finishing hole of the Heron presents several challenges. From the tee, longer hitters may cut the corner left over the bunker while there is plenty of fairway right for the safe play. The second shot will require a decision to layup or challenge the large bunker that splits the fairway short of the green.  Hit a good approach to the pin or face a long putt-- this is green is nearly 100 ft. wide!