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Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation

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LELAND — Magnolia Greens opened for play in February 1998, and last year was voted the third best new public course in North Carolina. Nothing typifies the courses layout like the par 5, 18th hole.

"Ideally, you want to favor the right hand side off the tee," says course pro Patrick Crean. "If you choose to go for the green in two, the hole favors a right hand shot with a little draw, and then try and run it up that right hand side.

"I think what I'm going to do here is just try and lay it up, get about 140 yards or so, pins up front."

Crean used to work the streets of New York as a police officer before reading greens. He nailed the first drive, and carded a no problem par, but Jeff should be arrested for impersonating a golfer.

With a topper off the tee, Jeff hit a weak wormburner on the re-tee. A 3-wood from the rough put him in the soft sand between the trees.

From there he bounced one about 70 yards, and then finally got a wedge underneath the battered golf ball, but it landed on the high side of the green.

Jeff burned it, bruised it, skulled it, topped it and then nailed a 40 footer in the drizzle for a double bogey.

Jeff is going to put this hole in the scrapbook, and if you are in the Wilmington area be sure to make your own memories at Magnolia Greens. The cost is around $40 to $60. Reporter:Jeff Gravley

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