Inside the course: Plantation Course at Kapalua

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The 10th hole on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui.
January 02, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Original architect Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (1991)
Par value 73
Number of TOUR events as host venue 13 (including 2011)
Course ranking Ranked 51 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,263 yards (1999-2005)
7,411 (2006-present)
Grass Bermudagrass (tees, fairways, rough, greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 9.5-10 ft
Sand bunkers 97
Water hazards none
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Course record
Player
K.J. Choi
Graeme McDowell
Year
2003
2011
Round
3rd
4th
Finish
T2
3rd
Holes-in-one
There has been 1 ace recorded during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua.
Player Hole Year
Lucas Glover 2006 No. 8
2011 Rankings
Most difficult hole in 2011
The par-4 520-yard 1st "Kapalua," a downhill, downwind par 4 of immense proportion, introduces the character, scale and drama of the course about to be played. An adequate tee shot assisted by the wind and slope should leave a middle to long iron approach to an expansive and welcoming green that slopes from left to right. The difficulty of this hole is more psychological than physical.
2011: 0 eagles, 12 birdies, 87 pars, 24 bogeys, 5 double bogeys, 0 others.
Easiest hole in 2011
The par-5 532-yard 5th "Cape." A natural, daring par 5. "Cape" slopes left to right all the way. The fairway culminates at a green perched on a peninsula high above the canyon that borders the entire right side of the hole. The nature of the hole entices the player to "have a go" after a fine drive. Aim approaches at the left side of the green. Courage, but not foolhardiness, is rewarded here.
2011: 5 eagles, 89 birdies, 25 pars, 7 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 0 others.
Plantation Course2011 rankings Last 12 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 520 4.130 2 4.172 1
2 3 218 3.132 1 3.07 5
3 4 380 3.939 9 3.781 12
4 4 382 3.976 8 3.828 11
5 5 532 4.586 17 4.313 18
6 4 398 3.818 13 3.883 9
7 4 516 4.067 5 4.117 2
8 3 203 3.095 3 3.094 4
9 5 521 4.554 18 4.43 17
10 4 354 3.901 11 3.648 14
11 3 164 2.983 7 2.906 7
12 4 420 3.872 12 3.844 10
13 4 407 4.048 6 3.906 7
14 4 305 3.800 14 3.648 14
15 5 555 4.650 16 4.617 16
16 4 365 3.920 10 3.969 6
17 4 508 4.081 4 4.109 3
18 5 663 4.664 15 4.75 13
Course origins
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, The Plantation unfurls across island canyons, native vegetation and panoramic oceanfront plateaus. A shotmaker's dream, players will find that the use of imagination and feel -- along with every club in their bag -- is an asset here. Kapalua means "arms embracing the sea." Kapalua is famous for its three championship golf courses: The Bay Course, The Plantation Course and The Village Course.
Surrounding most of Kapalua is one of Maui's active pineapple plantations and a giant stand of one hundred-year-old Norfolk Island Pines (Cook Pines). In 1995, the Kapalua resort established the "Kapalua Nature Society" to coordinate the resort's various environmental programs. This unique organization is managed by Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. and is comprised of resort employees and members of the community.
The Plantation Course was rated No. 56 in Golfweek's 2007 list of America's Best Modern Courses. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Desert Inn CC Las Vegas, Nev. 1953-1966
Stardust CC Las Vegas, Nev. 1967-68
La Costa CC Carlsbad, Calif. 1969-1998
The Plantation Course Kapalua, Hawaii 1999-present

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