||"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.
||"Drift" is a downwind par 3, to a large green
angled from left to right. The tilt of the green plus the direction
and force of the wind favor shots that fade and are played with
finesse. Running approaches are encouraged and rewarded here.
||"Easterly" is a hole of medium length made longer
by playing directly into the trade winds. The fairway bends
slightly to the right, past a cluster of bunkers leading to a
plateaued green which slopes from right to left; it is guarded on
the wings by two predominate bunkers. The slope of the green
combined with the trade winds make this an elusive target and an
||"The High Road." Reminiscent of The National Golf
Links in Southampton, Long Island, "The High Road" is an old
fashioned affair with a well-defined drive over a high hill to a
rolling fairway. Play the approach shot with medium irons to a wide
green that gathers from right to left. The shallow left side of the
green and winds crossing from the left make approaches to the left
pin placements more difficult.
||"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
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||"Cross n' Down." A spectacular, mysterious par 4
with alternate routes to the green, "Cross n' Down" plays through
strong cross winds from the right. Play the ideal tee shot
dangerously, powerfully and accurately across the cliffs to the
right side of the fairway, where the green may be adequately
viewed. The more conservative left route creates a blind approach
to the bowl-shaped green.
||"Molokai," the second of three long, downhill,
downwind par 4s, plays much shorter than its listed yardage due to
the prevailing wind and assisting slopes. The expansive fairway
angling from left to right is inviting as is the large undulating
green. The green, with its bunkering, encourages running
||"Gorge" is a middle-iron par 3 playing across a
native canyon to a receptive green. The green, which slopes back to
front and right to left, was built to hold and nurse the ball to
the left, given the strong trade winds from the right.
||"Long," likely the course's most demanding hole,
requires three quality shots directly into the wind to reach the
green. The tee shot must be solidly played into the fairway to
allow the second to carry a large valley in the fairway crossing.
Shots failing to carry the valley leave blind approaches; those
carrying the valley will position the players for a short iron or
pitch approach to a plateaued green guarded by bunkers on the
right. Here, par is coveted.
||"Humpback." The 10th, like the third, is a
relatively short par 4 made substantially longer by playing into
the wind and slightly uphill. The ample fairway, tilting
dramatically from right to left, invites controlled draws. The same
tilting, however, can encourage uncontrolled hooks when approaches
are played from its slopes toward the plateaued green. The green
rewards low, driving shots into the wind and running approaches.
||"Bay." The last par 3 of the course demands - and
rewards - thoughtful finesse. The desired tee shot is a short iron
that either "cuts" and "holds" into the wind blowing from the
player's right shoulder or one that allows for drift and uses the
approach and slope of the green for assistance. A shot flown
directly to the back left pin will not likely be tried more than
||"Lanai" is a statistically long par 4r transformed
into a drive and pitch hole by the prevailing wind. An accurate,
carrying tee shot to the hilltop leaves a short pitch to a small
concave green with steep surrounding slopes. The bunkers guarding
the putting surface on all but the front are placed more to save
errant approaches from further harm than for penalty. A pitch shot
landing 20 yards short will find its way to the green.
||"The Low Road." The most difficult par 4 on the
course, this long hole is made far longer and more difficult by the
winds. Low boring tee shots and long iron or fairway wood
approaches favoring the right side of the fairway are necessary to
reach this deep and deceptive green in regulation. Putts numbering
three or more will also be commonplace given the green's size,
slope and the wind's effects.
||"Plateau," a very short par 4 playing through a
crossing wind from the left, appears by yardage to be one of the
easier holes on the course. Yet, the course's smallest green
perched atop another plateau, the ever-present winds and an
expansive array of fairway bunkers lying in wait test both tee
shots and approaches. What this hole may lack in length it more
than compensates for in personality.
||"Switchback." A double dogleg par 5 showing not
bunkers but natural character. "Switchback" is strongly defined by
its slopes, the crossing winds and another native canyon that
borders the tee shot area on the right and the green on the left.
Shots played more closely along these dangerous borders will afford
opportunity for birdies.
||"Arena." A moderate length par 4 with strong trade
winds crossing from the left, "Arena" is a strategic hole of merit.
A string of fairway bunkers on a diagonal from left to right
strongly influence tee shot decisions. Tee shots played powerfully
and accurately over the bunkers afford the best angle of attack to
all pins except those set far left. These left side pins are best
approached from the far right side of the fairway, an area most
dangerous to long drivers.
||"Sunset." Another unusually long par 4, "Sunset"
is made accessible by prevailing winds and a downhill slope
exceeding 150 feet from tee to green. The tee shot, preferably a
high soaring draw, plays to a wide, collecting fairway sloping
right to left. Approach shots are played with anything from middle
irons to fairway woods; a large yet subtle green beckons to and
accepts the long running approach.
||"Home." The hole around which the rest of the
course was formulated, "Home" is an extremely long downhill,
downwind par 5. The hole is made reachable in two powerful blows by
the assisting winds and slope. The large, receptive fairway and
green are difficult to judge owing to the vast panoramas and the
scale of the background. Here, the scale and drama are uncommon;
the challenge is within reason, while the surrounding beauty is