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Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Kapalua Resort (Plantation course), Hawaii

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Welcome to the first hole at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course! This par 4 is a challenging start to your round, with a distance of 520 yards from the championship tees. Don't let the handicap of 11 fool you - this hole requires precision and strategy.

The fairway on this slight dogleg left is relatively wide at 74 yards, but be careful not to stray too far off course as there are eight bunkers strategically placed throughout. However, only three percent of these bunkers are greenside, so don't worry too much about finding yourself in one on your approach shot.

Speaking of approach shots, keep in mind that the green area measures a spacious 13235 sq ft. With an average driver distance of ~217 yards for our golfer, it may be wise to hit a shorter club off the tee in order to leave yourself with an optimal yardage for your second shot. A well-placed drive will set you up nicely for a mid-iron or long iron into the green.

Keep an eye on weather conditions here at Kapalua - being located in beautiful Lahaina, Hawaii means that temperatures can vary greatly throughout each season. The altitude and potential wind gusts may also impact ball flight conditions and should be taken into consideration when selecting clubs.

Overall, this opening hole sets the tone for what is sure to be a challenging yet rewarding round at Kapalua's Plantation course. Good luck!

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 520 yards

Handicap: 11

Green Area:

13235

Approx Fairway Width:

74

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

3

Bunker Count:

8

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

1. Play for position off the tee: With a wide fairway and strategically placed bunkers, it's important to prioritize accuracy over distance on this hole. Consider hitting a shorter club off the tee in order to leave yourself with an optimal yardage for your approach shot.

2. Avoid the greenside bunkers: While there are eight bunkers on this hole, only three percent of them are located near the green. Focus on avoiding these bunkers as they can make for difficult up-and-downs and potentially add strokes to your score.

3. Take note of weather conditions: Being located in Hawaii, Kapalua's Plantation course is subject to varying temperatures and wind gusts throughout each season. Keep an eye on these conditions and adjust your shots accordingly.

4. Aim for the center of the green: The large green area measuring 13235 sq ft gives you plenty of room to work with when approaching this hole. Instead of going for a risky pin placement, aim for the center of the green and give yourself a chance at making a solid two-putt.

5. Don't underestimate par: Despite being ranked as one of the easier holes on this course, don't let that fool you into thinking it will be an easy par or birdie opportunity. Stay focused and treat every shot with precision in order to set yourself up well for future holes.

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

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