Ringo or McCartney?
Mays or Mantle?
Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?
No. 3 or No 12?
If you've ever played Tidewater, you know the dilemma of which we speak. Which is your favorite par 3? The 3rd and 12th holes face each other and both can make a claim to being among the prettiest in the state, so choosing between the two is strictly a matter of preference.
Do you prefer the peninsula green and a meaty carry across Cherry Grove on No. 12 or the devilish, three-tiered green that offers a panoramic view of the marsh on No. 3?
The third hole is your introduction to Tidewater's stunning views and that's a substantial bonus, as the course's splendor comes into full view on the tee box.
The third plays 146 yards from the white tees and while it's not uncommon for the markers to be up, that's of little consolation on a hole with three bunkers fronting the green and arguably the course's most severe putting surface. Hitting the right spot on the green can be nearly as important as hitting it. If the pin is on the bottom shelf, there is a chance of the ball funneling back towards the cup (and sometimes into the hole!).
The 12th is listed as 145 yards from the white tees but often plays longer. This one is nearly all carry. The pin tends to be on the left side, giving players some bailout room, but any ball hit short will be swimming in brackish marsh water.
There is room long but the greens runs from back to front, so good luck getting that comebacker close.
The Verdict: The 12th hole might (and I emphasize might because we are splitting hairs here!) be slightly more scenic given that the peninsula green plays out into the marsh. But the tee shot on the third hole is slightly more interesting, to me. There are only winners when you are playing these two holes, but which is your favorite?
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