Waialae Country Club Hole by Hole - 12th Hole

Waialae Country Club, Hawaii

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Hole 12 at Waialae Country Club is a challenging par 4 with a distance of 423 yards from the championship tees. The hole has a slight dogleg left and is ranked as the 12th most difficult hole on the course, making it an important one to strategize for.

Off the tee, players should aim for accuracy rather than distance due to the narrow fairway width of only 29 yards. A driver may not be necessary here, especially if players can hit their drives around 217 yards. Instead, consider using a hybrid or long iron to ensure you stay in play and avoid any hazards.

The approach shot will require precision as well, with water coming into play on both sides of the green. The green itself is relatively large at approximately 8444 sq ft and has three bunkers surrounding it, but only makes up about 2% of the total bunker count on this hole. This means that while greenside bunkers are not a major concern, they still add another element of challenge to this already difficult hole.

In terms of weather conditions, golfers should keep in mind that Waialae Country Club is located in Honolulu, Hawaii which experiences warm temperatures year-round with average highs ranging from mid-70s in winter to high-80s in summer. Wind can also be a factor here as Hawaii's trade winds can pick up during certain times of year. Overall though, altitude should not significantly impact ball flight conditions on this particular hole.

Based on these factors and assuming our golfer hits their clubs distances listed above (driver ~217 yards), club recommendations for both tee shot and approach would be:

Tee shot: Hybrid or long iron

Approach: Short iron or wedge

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 423 yards

Handicap: 12

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:


Bunker Count:



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

Club Recommendations

Playing Tips:

1. Focus on accuracy over distance off the tee: The narrow fairway width and potential hazards make it crucial to hit a straight shot rather than trying to maximize distance.

2. Consider using a hybrid or long iron for your tee shot: These clubs will provide more control and accuracy, increasing the chances of staying in play.

3. Aim for around 217 yards with your tee shot: This is the optimal distance that will keep you in play without risking hitting into any hazards.

4. Take note of water hazards on both sides of the green: Precision is key when approaching this hole, so be mindful of these hazards and plan accordingly.

5. Use a short iron or wedge for your approach shot: With a large green and minimal greenside bunkers, aiming for precision with these shorter clubs can improve scoring opportunities.

6. Keep an eye on wind conditions: Hawaii's trade winds can pick up at certain times of year, so factor this into club selection and aim accordingly if necessary.

7. Take advantage of warm temperatures year-round: With consistent weather conditions, golfers can focus less on adjusting their game due to temperature changes and instead focus on strategy and execution.

8. Don't let altitude significantly impact ball flight conditions: While some courses may require adjustments due to high altitudes, Waialae Country Club does not have significant elevation changes that should affect ball flight too much.

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

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