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Waialae Country Club Hole by Hole - 8th Hole

Waialae Country Club, Hawaii

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Hole 8 at Waialae Country Club is a challenging par 3, with a distance of 189 yards from the championship tees. The hole has a handicap of 13, making it one of the more difficult holes on the course. From the men's tees, it plays slightly shorter at 171 yards, and even shorter from the women's tees at just 128 yards.

The green area measures at 7861 square feet and is surrounded by five bunkers. These greenside bunkers make up around 18% of the total bunker count on this hole.

The key to success on this hole is accuracy off the tee. With water present near the front of the green, any shots that come up short could end up wet. However, if you manage to find yourself safely on dry land, you'll be faced with an undulating green that will require careful attention when putting.

Weather conditions can also play a factor in how this hole plays out. In Hawaii's tropical climate, wind can be unpredictable and vary greatly throughout each season. It's important for golfers to pay close attention to these changing conditions and adjust their club selection accordingly.

For most average golfers who hit their driver around 217 yards and have distances of approximately 140 yards with their seven iron and 120 yards with their pitching wedge, we recommend using your seven iron or possibly even your six iron off the tee depending on wind direction and strength.

For your approach shot onto this long par three, take into consideration any potential crosswinds or headwinds that may affect ball flight distance as well as keeping in mind where those pesky greenside bunkers are located before selecting your club for maximum accuracy.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 189 yards

Handicap: 13

Green Area:

7861

Approx Fairway Width:

Has Water:

True

Curvature:

Percent Bunkers Near green:

18

Bunker Count:

5

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

1. Take note of the distance and handicap: With a distance of 189 yards from the championship tees and a handicap of 13, this par 3 hole is challenging and requires careful strategy.

2. Consider using a lower lofted club off the tee: Due to the potential for wind and water hazards near the green, it may be wise to use your seven iron or possibly even your six iron off the tee instead of a driver.

3. Pay attention to weather conditions: Hawaii's tropical climate can bring unpredictable winds, so make sure to adjust your club selection accordingly based on wind direction and strength.

4. Aim for accuracy over distance: The key to success on this hole is accuracy rather than trying to hit for maximum distance. Keep in mind any crosswinds or headwinds that may affect ball flight when selecting your approach shot club.

5. Avoid greenside bunkers: With five bunkers surrounding the green, try to aim away from them with your approach shot for better chances at avoiding trouble around the green.

6. Study the undulating green carefully before putting: Once you've safely landed on dry land, take time to study the undulating green before making your putt. This will help you gauge speed and break more accurately.

7. Be aware of changing seasons: As Hawaii's weather can vary greatly throughout each season, pay close attention to how it may affect ball flight distances when selecting clubs for both tee shots and approach shots.

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

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