Waialae Country Club Hole by Hole - 13th Hole

Waialae Country Club, Hawaii

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Hole 13 at Waialae Country Club is a challenging par 3 that requires accuracy and precision from the tee. From the championship tees, this hole measures 203 yards with a handicap of 8, making it one of the more difficult holes on the course. The men's tees are slightly shorter at 172 yards, but still present a challenge with the same handicap.

The green area for this hole is spacious at 10901 sq ft, providing some room for error on approach shots. However, there are six bunkers strategically placed around the green to catch errant shots. These greenside bunkers make up only 11% of total bunkers on this hole, but they can be quite penalizing if your ball finds its way into them.

One key factor to consider when playing Hole 13 is the local weather conditions in Honolulu throughout each season. In general, temperatures tend to stay warm year-round with average highs ranging from mid-70s in winter to mid-80s in summer. However, wind can play a significant role here as well due to its location near the coast.

For an average golfer who hits their driver ~217 yards off the tee and has distances of ~140 yards with their seven iron and ~120 yards with their pitching wedge, I would recommend using either a long iron or hybrid club off the tee depending on wind direction and strength. This will help ensure you reach or get close to reaching this lengthy par 3 in regulation.

When approaching the green, aim for center or left-center as most of these greenside bunkers are located on the right side of the green complex. Depending on pin placement and wind conditions during your round, you may need to adjust your club selection accordingly.

Overall,Hole 13 at Waialae Country Club demands both skill and strategy from golfers looking to score well. With proper club selection and execution paired with a solid game plan, players can navigate this challenging par 3 and hopefully walk away with a good score.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 203 yards

Handicap: 8

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

Club Recommendations

1. Use a long iron or hybrid club off the tee to ensure reaching the lengthy par 3 in regulation.

2. Take into account wind direction and strength when selecting your club for the tee shot.

3. Aim for center or left-center of the green as most greenside bunkers are located on the right side.

4. Adjust your club selection accordingly based on pin placement and wind conditions during your round.

5. Practice accuracy and precision with irons before playing this hole to improve chances of hitting the green.

6. Consider using a lower lofted iron if there is a strong headwind, or a higher lofted iron if there is a tailwind, to adjust for distance control.

7. Pay attention to local weather conditions, particularly wind, which can significantly affect play on this hole due to its coastal location.

8. If you do end up in one of the greenside bunkers, focus on getting out safely rather than trying for an aggressive recovery shot that could result in further trouble.

9. Keep in mind that while there is some room for error around the green due to its spacious size, it's best not to rely on it and instead aim for accurate approach shots onto the putting surface.

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

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