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Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) Hole by Hole - 8th Hole

Kapalua Resort (Plantation course), Hawaii

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Welcome to the 8th hole at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course. This par 3 is a challenging hole for all golfers, with a distance of 203 yards from the Championship tees and a handicap of 15. The Pro, Men's, and Women's tee boxes also offer varying distances but maintain the same level of difficulty.

As you approach this hole, take note of the five bunkers strategically placed around the green area. These greenside bunkers make up approximately 26% of the total bunker count on this hole and can easily catch errant shots off target.

The large green spans over 10,000 square feet and offers plenty of room for your approach shot. However, be aware that altitude and wind conditions in Lahaina can greatly impact ball flight. In general, expect slightly longer distances due to lower air density at higher altitudes.

For an average golfer hitting driver ~217 yards off the tee box, we recommend using a long iron or hybrid club for your approach shot to ensure accuracy and avoid any potential hazards near or on the green. For example, a well-struck 7 iron (~140 yards) should set you up nicely for an easy pitch with your pitching wedge (~120 yards).

No matter which club you choose for your tee shot or approach on this picturesque hole surrounded by lush Hawaiian landscapes, remember to stay focused and trust in your strategy as you aim towards another successful round at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 203 yards

Handicap: 15

Green Area:

10164

Approx Fairway Width:

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Percent Bunkers Near green:

26

Bunker Count:

5

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

Playing Tips:

1. Choose the right club: As an average golfer, it is important to choose a club that will give you accuracy over distance on this challenging par 3 hole. A long iron or hybrid club is recommended for your approach shot to ensure you avoid any potential hazards near or on the green.

2. Take note of bunkers: With five strategically placed bunkers around the green area, it is important to take note of their location and aim accordingly. These greenside bunkers make up approximately 26% of the total bunker count on this hole and can easily catch errant shots off target.

3. Factor in altitude and wind conditions: The altitude and wind conditions in Lahaina can greatly impact ball flight, resulting in slightly longer distances due to lower air density at higher altitudes. Keep this in mind when selecting your club for your approach shot.

4. Trust your strategy: Stay focused and trust in your strategy as you aim towards another successful round at Kapalua Resort's Plantation course. Remember to stick with what works for you and don't get distracted by the picturesque surroundings.

5. Aim for a well-struck 7 iron (~140 yards): For an average golfer hitting driver ~217 yards off the tee box, aiming for a well-struck 7 iron (~140 yards) should set you up nicely for an easy pitch with your pitching wedge (~120 yards). This will help ensure accuracy while still giving enough distance to reach the green comfortably.

6. Don't be afraid to lay up: If necessary, don't be afraid to lay up instead of going straight for the pin on this challenging par 3 hole. Playing it safe may result in a higher score than desired, but it could also save you from landing in one of those tricky greenside bunkers.

7 . Practice good course management: Remember that golf is not just about power but also about strategy and course management. Take your time to analyze the hole, consider potential hazards, and make smart decisions based on your skill level.

8. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings: While focusing on your game is important, don't forget to take a moment to appreciate the beautiful Hawaiian landscapes surrounding this hole. It will help you relax and stay in a positive mindset for the rest of your round.

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

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