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Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) Hole by Hole - 18th Hole

Kapalua Resort (Plantation course), Hawaii

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Hole 18 at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course is a challenging par 5, measuring at an impressive 663 yards from the championship tees. This hole has a handicap of 8, making it one of the more difficult holes on the course.

The tee shot on this hole requires precision and distance. With a driver averaging around 217 yards, players should aim for the center or right side of the fairway to avoid being blocked out by trees on the left. The slightly dogleg left shape of this hole can also be used to your advantage by playing a slight fade off the tee.

As you approach your second shot, take into account that altitude and wind may impact ball flight conditions. In Hawaii's warm weather, balls tend to fly further than usual due to lower air density. However, strong winds coming in from different directions can make club selection tricky.

For most golfers hitting an average distance with their clubs (7 iron ~140 yards and pitching wedge ~120 yards), reaching this green in two shots may not be possible. Instead, focus on finding a good layup spot that avoids trouble while still giving you an opportunity for birdie or par.

The green itself is relatively large with an area of over 16,000 square feet but only contains four bunkers - greenside bunkers as a percentage of total are low at just 1%. This means that accuracy rather than bunker play will be key when approaching this green.

Overall, Hole 18 at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course offers both challenges and opportunities for skilled golfers looking to finish their round strong. Keep these tips in mind and trust your strategy as you navigate through one of Hawaii's most beautiful courses throughout all four seasons!

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 663 yards

Handicap: 8

Green Area:

16183

Approx Fairway Width:

66

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

1

Bunker Count:

4

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

1. Aim for the center or right side of the fairway off the tee to avoid being blocked out by trees on the left.

2. Use a slight fade off the tee to take advantage of the dogleg left shape of this hole.

3. Take into account altitude and wind when selecting your club for your second shot, as balls tend to fly further in Hawaii's warm weather but strong winds can make club selection tricky.

4. For most golfers, reaching this green in two shots may not be possible, so focus on finding a good layup spot that avoids trouble while still giving you an opportunity for birdie or par.

5. Accuracy is key when approaching this large green with only four bunkers - greenside bunker play should not be a major concern.

6. Trust your strategy and stay focused throughout all four seasons at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course, known as one of Hawaii's most beautiful courses.

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

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