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Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) Hole by Hole - 12th Hole

Kapalua Resort (Plantation course), Hawaii

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Hole 12 at Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) is a challenging par 4 that requires precise strategy and execution. Located in Lahaina, Hawaii, this hole offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding landscape.

At 420 yards from the championship tees, Hole 12 may seem short but it's ranked as the #14 most difficult hole on the course with a handicap of 14. This is due to its slight dogleg left shape and strategic placement of bunkers throughout the fairway and around the green.

The average golfer should aim for a tee shot that lands between 217-240 yards to avoid being blocked by trees on the left side of the fairway. However, be cautious not to hit too far right as there are two bunkers waiting to catch any errant shots. Due to potential strong winds coming off of nearby ocean cliffs, club selection for both tee shot and approach should be carefully considered.

For an approach shot into this large green area measuring at approximately 7431 sq ft, consider using a pitching wedge (~120 yards) or even a gap wedge depending on wind conditions. The relatively low number (3%) of greenside bunkers makes this approach more forgiving compared to other holes on this course.

During winter months when temperatures can drop significantly in Hawaii, expect your ball flight distance to decrease slightly due to altitude effects in addition to potentially stronger winds. In contrast during summer months when humidity levels increase significantly along with higher temperatures than normal year-round averages across all seasons here - you can expect your ball flight distance will likely increase accordingly so plan accordingly!

Overall, Hole 12 at Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) demands precision off the tee and smart club selection for approaches into well-guarded greens making it one of the most exciting holes on this beautiful Hawaiian golf course.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 420 yards

Handicap: 14

Green Area:

7431

Approx Fairway Width:

59

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

3

Bunker Count:

12

Bunkers:

Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

1. Aim for a tee shot that lands between 217-240 yards to avoid being blocked by trees on the left side of the fairway.

2. Be cautious not to hit too far right as there are two bunkers waiting to catch any errant shots.

3. Take into consideration potential strong winds coming off of nearby ocean cliffs when selecting clubs for both tee shot and approach.

4. During winter months, expect your ball flight distance to decrease slightly due to altitude effects and potentially stronger winds.

5. In contrast, during summer months, expect your ball flight distance to increase accordingly with higher temperatures and humidity levels.

6. Consider using a pitching wedge or gap wedge for an approach shot into the large green area measuring at approximately 7431 sq ft.

7. Keep in mind that there is a relatively low number (3%) of greenside bunkers on this hole compared to others on the course, making it more forgiving for approach shots.

8. Pay attention to the handicap ranking of this hole (#14) and understand its challenges before approaching it strategically.

9. Enjoy the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding landscape while playing this challenging par 4 hole at Kapalua Resort (Plantation course).

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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