Kapalua: The Plantation Course

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

473

218

380

382

532

398

484

203

521

3591

354

164

373

407

305

555

365

486

663

3672

7263

Hndcp

11

17

3

9

7

13

5

15

1

10

18

14

4

16

6

12

2

8

Par

4

3

4

4

5

4

4

3

5

36

4

3

4

4

4

5

4

4

5

37

73

The Plantation Course is the newest of the trio at Kapalua Resort, opening in mid-May of 1991. It is a long and difficult layout designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that occupies 240 acres of steeply sloping up and down hillsides and deep ravines. The fairways are generously wide, even oddly balloon-like sometimes. The routing is eccentric due to the radically angled and slopping land. Variations in elevation are sometimes deceptive and cause great consternation in club selection, especially with the swirling Pacific winds. From the tees landing on the short stuff can be surprisingly difficult. Approaches to the greens are sometimes uphill and often way downhill making correct club choice imminently crucial. The configuration of several holes is, from above, seemingly similar, but the changes in elevation add creative variation to the way the routes play. Compare, for instance, the par four 17th and the par five 18th. The holes are very alike in appearance, but the variations in elevation, slope and distance make them play completely different. It's a very complex layout where local knowledge about the influence of the various slopes, the bounce of the ball and the affect of the wind can save a lot of wayward strokes.  The Plantation Course becomes the host of the Mercedes Championships, the first PGA event of the year, in January, 2000.


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