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Hole by Hole Descriptions

Brian Paul, Head Golf Professional at The Club at Kukui`ula, describes each golf hole in detail allowing our members to clearly understand what to expect during a typical round at the Club.


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Hole 1

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The first hole at Kukui`ula is slight dogleg left with a gentle swale running the length of the hole down the left side.  The right side of the fairway is ideal for approaching this green which is well protected by bunkers.

Landscape Highlights: Monkey Pods, Lonomea, Shower Tree, Kamani, Milo


Hole 2

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This short par four requires some strategy off the tee as a bunker sits in the center of the fairway approximately 95 yards from the green.  Depending on the wind direction, players may opt to lay up short of the bunker, leaving a relatively short approach into the green.  A large bunker protects the front of the green as well.

Landscape Highlights: Macadamia Grove, Milo, Royal Palm, Lonomea, Ulu, Monkeypod,  Kamani


Hole 3

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A short but feisty par three, the third at Kukui’ula requires players to hit over a ravine to green flanked by two large bunker complexes.  The safe play is a shot short and right of the green, which set ups a relatively simple pitch or putt to the hole.

Landscape Highlights: Monkey Pods and Palm


Hole 4

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The shortest Par 5 on the golf course, the fourth hole can often be conquered, especially when the trade winds are blowing.  From the tee, players must negotiate a fairway bunker place on the right side of the fairway while also avoiding a large swale that runs the length of the hole down the right side.  A hazard bisects the fairway 165 yards from the green.  Approach shots must be on target here as the green bends off into collection areas on both the right and left side.

Landscape Highlights: Queen Emma’s White Shower, Kamani, Monkey Pod


Hole 5

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The fifth at Kukui`ula is a challenging par 4 that is uphill from tee to green.  Players should favor the right side of this fairway as a miss left will leave a challenging shot from the deep bahia rough.  A crown flower orchard runs down the left side of the hole as well.  This large, relatively level green is protected in the front by a bunker, making the safe play approach short and left.

Landscape Highlights: Pua KeniKeni, Crown Flower, Clinostigma Palm, Lonomea, Monkey Pod


Hole 6

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The sixth hole begins with an extraordinary view from the tee as players are treated to a downhill tee shot.  Avoiding the fairway bunker on the left is key to success here although the approach shot sets up much better from left side of the fairway.  Players must steer clear of a lake running down the left side of the fairway on their approach shots.  A shot played slightly short and right of this green tends roll back toward s the green, making this the safe play to the green.

Landscape Highlights: Pua KeniKeni, Crown Flower, Clinostigma Palm, Lonomea, Monkey Pod, Yellow Trumpet Tree


Hole 7

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The longest hole on the golf course, the par 5 seventh  at Kukui’ula starts with beautiful tee shot just left a lake complete with several flowing waterfalls.   Players must avoid the fairway bunkers on the right side of the fairway on this dogleg right par 5.  Approach shots are also faced with some challenge as more fairway bunkers flank both sides of the fairway beginning approximately 100 yards from the green.  A lychee orchard sits high on the hill above the right side of the fairway.

Landscape Highlights: Kamani, Monkeypod, Lychee grove, Lonomea, Starfruit, Royal Poinciana


Hole 8

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A dramatic par three from the tee, the 8th hole is certainly one where pars must be earned.  With the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, players must safely negotiate a ravine from the tee.  The safe play is a shot slightly short and right of this green, leaving an open pitch to the hole.

Landscape Highlights: Starfruit, Kamani, Monkeypod, single Chinese Banyan  (framing the green)


Hole 9

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An early favorite among members thus far, the ninth hole is a sweeping downhill par 4 again with extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean and the Club below.  Ideal tee shots should favor the right side, often catching the speed slot sending the ball several more yards down the fairway.  A menacing lake sits left and short of this green and shots that come up slightly short often roll back into the water.

Landscape Highlights: Kukui Nut Orchard, Monkeypods, Coco Palms, Kamani, Hala


Hole 10

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The tenth hole is a dogleg right par four that runs slightly uphill from tee to green.  A large section of fairway bunkers has players thinking twice about cutting too much off of the corner from the tee.  The safest play is left of the bunkers, leaving a longer approach into the green.  A small dwarf citrus orchard graces the left side of this hole.  Approach shot s on this hole can be bounced into this green.

Landscape Highlights: Citrus, Plumeria, Kukui Queen Emma Shower Trees, Nut trees


Hole 11

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This short par four can be reachable for longer players with the right wind.  From the tee, the key is avoiding the large bunker complex short and left of the green.  The ideal approach into the green is from the right side of the hole.

Landscape Highlights:Queen Emma Shower Trees, Kukui Nut, Monkey Pod


Hole 12

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The twelfth hole is the a wonderful short par three that features a large undulating green and a great green side bunker that begins at the front left side of the green and wraps half way around the back of the green.  The hole plays downhill and often down wind, so club selection is the key here.  Overclubbing can result in a treacherous lie as there is not much room long of this green.  Above and tow the right of the green sits an ancient Hawaiian archeological preserve.

Landscape Highlights: Archaeological Site, Elevated Moss Rock Tee Box, Kukui, Loulu Palm, Hala, Ficus Benjamina,  PiliGrass, Laua’ae Ferns, Indigenous Ground Cover


Hole 13

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The thirteenth hole at Kukui`ula is a fabulous par five, complete with amazing ocean views.  The tee shot is all about risk versus reward.  Players carrying the fairway bunkers on the left side of the fairway are treated to a short approach to the smallest green on the golf course.  A small coffee plantation can also come into play for players missing too far left.

Landscape Highlights: Lonomea, Coffee, Hala, Monkey Pod


Hole 14

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Breathtaking from the tee, the fourteenth hole at Kukui`ula is one of the most exciting holes on the golf course.  From the tee, players are faced with the decision to play aggressively or wisely on this short and often driveable par four.  Players opting to go for should try to position their tee shots just left of the left fairway bunker, leaving very little margin for error.  A well struck tee shot missing the left fairway bunker may very well roll onto the green.  A safer play is to lay-up short of the left fairway bunker, leaving players with 100 yard shot into an undulating green.  In addition wonderful views from this tee are a small banana and pineapple plantation.  This is one of the better spots on the course to spot whales in the winter months.

Landscape Highlights: Ficus Benjamina, Kaoi’a, Signature Opiuma, Pineapple, Banana


Hole 15

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The fifteenth hole again offers incredible ocean views from the tee, complete with an unobstructed look at Spouting Horn.  This long dogleg right par four may be the most challenging hole on the golf course, especially if the trade winds are blowing.  From the tee, an ideal shot would finish short and slightly right of the fairway bunker.  From the fairway, players are asked to hit a long iron or in many cases a wood into a well-protected green.  Par is typically a great score here.

Landscape Highlights: Gold Tree grove, Lonomea, Monkeypod, Cocos


Hole 16

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The sixteenth hole is another significantly challenging par four the plays into the prevailing trade winds.  Players should favor the left side of the fairway as this will present a preferred angle into the green.  The bunker in front of the green looks as if it is greenside but is actually about 50 yards from the putting surface.  Another hole where par must be earned.

Landscape Highlights: Hala, Monkey Pod, Lonomea, Cocos


Hole 17

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The seventeenth hole is a medium length par three that is protected by several greenside bunkers on the right side of the hole.  The safe play is short and left of the green, leaving an open pitch to the hole.

Landscape Highlights: Monkey Pod, Hala, Plumeria


Hole 18

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The 18th at Kukui`ula is a great par five finishing hole.  Players must avoid the fairway bunkers on each side of the fairway from the tee.  Depending on the wind, long hitters may have a go at his one in two but beware of the lake that protects the front of the green.  Players opting to lay-up should attempt to leave themselves with at least 80 yards to the green to avoid hitting it in the water.

Landscape Highlights: Hala, Lonomea, Singapore Plumeria, Coco Palms, Monkeypod, Kukui


Brian Paul

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Kukui`ula's Golf Professional

"Breathtaking from the tee, the fourteenth hole at Kukui`ula is one of the most exciting holes on the golf course.  From the tee, players are faced with the decision to play aggressively or wisely on this short and often driveable par four."

~ Brian Paul