10 Things You Gotta Do In Paradise


Signature Holes Worth Playing

1. Mauna Kea Golf Course, 3rd Hole
It’s just your typical 261-yard, par-3 over water to a green as deep as the local baby pool. Arguably the most photographed hole in Hawaii, this one-shot features three other tee boxes, shrinking it to more playable and scorable distances.

2. Turtle Bay, Palmer Course #17
Nine mammoth and craggy bunkers extend from your tee shot’s landing area to the green, just 90 feet from the Pacific Ocean. Don’t get distracted by the views.

3. Poipu Bay Golf Course, 16th Hole
Dubbed the “Pebble Beach of the Pacific” by architect Robert Trent Jones, this 501-yard, par-4 plays downwind toward the Poipu clubhouse. It’s not the hole for a snap hook, as the only thing left of the fairway is the ocean, some 300 feet below.

4. Mauna Lani Golf Course, 17th Hole
Signature holes don’t have to be long or on oceanfront property. The 17th at Mauna Lani’s North Course is only 132 yards and is tucked inside a natural lava amphitheater. Still, it’s a remarkable hole and a great opportunity to score. 

5. Kapalua Bay Course, 5th Hole
Like Mauna Kea’s 3rd hole, but without as many teeth, this par-3 requires a forced carry of 100 yards over the Pacific Ocean. It’s downwind, which helps, but also produces shots that can easily carry the green.

Top 10 Places To Play  
Princeville Prince Course
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.’s course is unrelenting in its difficulty.
Mauna Kea Golf Course
Mauna Kea’s 3rd hole is the quintessential signature hole.
The Challenge At Manele
The Challenge offers ocean views on every hole.

Kapalua Golf Course
The Plantation has the longest hole of any PGA Tour event.
Kauai Lagoons (Kiele Course)
Nicklaus’ Kiele Course keeps the shot values high.
Poipu Bay Golf Course
The challenging (and scenic) back nine is very memorable.

Wailea GC (Gold)
The Gold Course is the most challenging of the three Wailea tracks.
Turtle Bay Resort GC (Palmer)
The back nine carves its way through a jungle.
Mauna Lani Resort (North)
The 17th hole on Mauna Lani’s North Course is tucked away in a natural lava amphitheater.

Waikoloa Golf Course (Beach)
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. called the Beach Course “the most unusual course” he ever designed.


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