Waialae Country Club Hole by Hole - 3rd Hole

Waialae Country Club, Hawaii

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Hole 3 at Waialae Country Club is a challenging par 4, with a distance of 439 yards from the Championship tees and a handicap of 3. This hole requires accuracy off the tee and strategic club selection for the approach shot.

The fairway on Hole 3 measures approximately 28 yards in width, making it relatively narrow compared to other holes on the course. The slight dogleg right adds an extra layer of difficulty, as players must navigate around trees and bunkers to reach the green.

Water comes into play on this hole, adding to its difficulty. It runs along the entire left side of the fairway and continues behind the green. Players must be careful not to hit their tee shots too far left or risk finding themselves in trouble.

Speaking of bunkers, there are four strategically placed throughout this hole. However, only 2% of them are greenside bunkers, which means that most players will have more room for error when approaching the green.

When considering weather conditions at Waialae Country Club, golfers should keep in mind that Honolulu experiences warm temperatures year-round with occasional trade winds. In general, these conditions can lead to longer ball flights and may require adjustments in club selection.

For average golfers who hit a driver ~217 yards off the tee and have distances of ~140 yards with their 7 iron and ~120 yards with their pitching wedge for approach shots, we recommend using caution when selecting clubs for both shots on Hole 3. A well-placed drive followed by a precise approach shot will set up an opportunity for birdie or par on this challenging yet rewarding par-4 hole.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 439 yards

Handicap: 3

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

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Bunker Count:



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

Club Recommendations

Here are some playing tips for Hole 3 at Waialae Country Club:

1. Accuracy is key off the tee on this narrow fairway. Use a club that you feel comfortable hitting straight and avoid trying to hit it too far.

2. Take into account the slight dogleg right when choosing your target off the tee. Aim slightly left of center to give yourself a better angle for your approach shot.

3. Keep in mind the water hazard on the left side of the fairway and try to avoid it at all costs. It's better to be safe than sorry, so aim towards the right side of the fairway if needed.

4. Consider using a hybrid or long iron off the tee instead of a driver, especially if you struggle with accuracy or have trouble controlling your drives.

5. Pay attention to wind conditions as they can affect ball flight and distance on this hole, potentially requiring adjustments in club selection.

6. When approaching the green, take note of where each bunker is located and try to avoid them by aiming towards safer areas of the green.

7. Don't be afraid to use more club than usual for your approach shot due to potential longer ball flights from warm temperatures and trade winds.

8. If you find yourself in one of only two greenside bunkers on this hole, focus on getting out safely rather than trying for an aggressive shot onto the green.

9 . Remember that par is still a good score on this challenging hole - don't get too discouraged if you don't make birdie or par every time you play it!

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

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