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Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) Hole by Hole - 9th Hole

Kapalua Resort (Plantation course), Hawaii

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Hole 9 at Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) is a challenging par 5 that requires both distance and accuracy. Located in Lahaina, Hawaii, this hole offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains. With a length of 521 yards from the championship tees, it is one of the longest holes on the course.

The tee shot on this hole should be aimed towards the right side of the fairway to avoid being blocked out by trees on the left. The slight dogleg right adds an element of strategy as players must navigate around a large bunker located on the inside corner of the dogleg.

For average golfers who hit their driver approximately 217 yards, aiming for just past or over this bunker will leave them with a manageable second shot. However, they must also be mindful not to go too far as there are two bunkers guarding the green on either side.

As players approach their second shot, they will face another challenge - water hazards. While there is no water directly in front or near the green, there are three small ponds scattered throughout that could come into play if shots are mishit.

With an elevated green area measuring at 9335 square feet and only one percent greenside bunkers relative to total bunkers on this hole, players have some room for error when approaching with their third shot. However, precision is still necessary as any shots missed long or short could end up in deep rough or steep slopes respectively.

When considering club selection for approach shots onto this green complex averaging about 140 yards away from where most average golfers would place their ball after two strokes; it's important to note how altitude may impact ball flight conditions due to its location atop Mount Haleakala which stands at nearly ten thousand feet tall above sea level! Additionally; temperature can fluctuate greatly during different seasons here so understanding how these factors influence your club choice becomes paramount before even stepping foot on the tee box.

Overall, hole 9 at Kapalua Resort (Plantation course) is a challenging but scenic par 5 that requires strategy and precision from tee to green. With its length, dogleg, water hazards, and bunkers strategically placed throughout the hole; it truly tests players' skills and decision-making abilities. However, with proper club selection and an understanding of how altitude and weather conditions may affect ball flight; golfers can still aim for a successful score on this difficult yet rewarding hole.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 521 yards

Handicap: 1

Green Area:

9335

Approx Fairway Width:

59

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

1

Bunker Count:

10

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

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

2. Take into account the slight dogleg right and strategically navigate around the large bunker located on the inside corner of the dogleg.

3. For average golfers, aim to hit just past or over the bunker with their driver, leaving a manageable second shot.

4. Be mindful not to go too far as there are two bunkers guarding the green on either side.

5. When approaching your second shot, be aware of water hazards scattered throughout and make sure to avoid them.

6. Keep in mind that altitude may impact ball flight due to its location atop Mount Haleakala and adjust club selection accordingly.

7. Pay attention to temperature fluctuations during different seasons as it can also affect club choice.

8. Precision is key when approaching this elevated green complex, so take into account any slopes or rough surrounding it.

9. With only one percent greenside bunkers relative to total bunkers on this hole, players have some room for error but still need precision in their approach shots.

10. Remember that while challenging, Hole 9 at Kapalua Resort offers stunning views of Hawaii's landscape and should be enjoyed regardless of score.

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

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