Here at GolfestOnline.com. we spend a lot of time and effort talking about our experiences playing the Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America. Now, we have decided to dig a little deeper and take it a step further by breaking those experiences down to our Top 18 golf holes of all-time! Our Golfest fantasy course showcases the best of the best. And …, not just a boring list of four of the best par-3’s, 10 par-4’s, and four par-5’s, but a breakdown on how and why they made the cut.
Our fantasy course promises to ante up some interesting twists and turns, because we not only play the game for fun, but also to enjoy the sheer “shock and awe” factor that is unique to the greatest golf holes on our list. With that in mind, we will be serving them up one at a time on a silver platter over the next couple of months. Tune in frequently and see if you agree with our choices. Send your comments to Top100@GolfestOnline.com
KAPALUA PLANTATION GOLF COURSE
2000 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
18th Hole – Par 5
Championship – 663 yards
Regular – 585 yards
Resort – 538 yards
Forward – 489 yards
Just about any golf hole where you stand on the tee box and the backdrop is another scenic Hawaiian Island is worthy of most favorites list. But this one is even more special than that, because the 18th finishing hole at the Kapalua Plantation Course is the first hole on our list and sets the stage for the next 17 on our list. This gem, which plays 538-yards from the Resort friendly tees, dishes up a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride from top to bottom.
Using Golfest’s mentality of “we didn’t come here to lay-up” this is a reachable in two par-5, because the firm and wide fairway plunges steeply downhill and to the left. It’s a great way to start a round, but if a snowman was to ever to become a reality in Hawaii, this is the place!
Anything hit immediately to the left is death and is usually sucked into the thick jungle-like vegetation. However, It’s customary for drives hit on the fly about 240 yards down the right side of the fairway, to roll out another 150-plus yards. The exceptionally wide fairway allows all golfers to swing their driver as hard as they want with PGA-style distance drives. This sets up an Golfest-worthy eagle opportunity, depending on the wind, your side-hill lie, and how much of the corner the testosterone is willing to attack. The only real trouble is on the left which is loaded up with three bunkers. Even when the PGA plays from the Championship tees 663-yards from the flagstick, it’s common to see a driver-pitching wedge-putter type of arrangement.
Once again, GolfestOnline is proud to announce that our top 18 golf holes of all-time begins with the best finishing hole on Maui — at the Kapalua Plantation Course.