Hapuna Golf Course is set on the gentle slopes overlooking the Kohala Coastline and Mauna Kea Resort. The golf course utilizes native grass and the thousand year old lava dunes that make up most of the surrounding topography.
- Sign up for a One Day Golf School to sharpen your game before starting your round.
- The first green is deceivingly quick. Try to leave your approach under the hole if you can.
- Hapuna's No. 1 handicap hole is the par four 6th. The second shot is played slightly downhill. Most days the island of Maui is visible in the distance just beyond the green. But, pay attention, your approach must be on target. Any ball on the green leaves a birdie opportunity.
- Another memorable hole is the par five 14th, a 90-degree dogleg-right that crosses a natural ravine. Daring long-hitters may get there in two.
- The final holes play back to the azure blue Pacific Ocean. From this elevation the magnificent Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is visible as well as the expansive coastline.
Tips on Par 5's
As you would expect from Arnold Palmer the signature holes at Hapuna are the par 5's. Each with its own built in set of risk/reward opportunities. For long hitters, all four can be reached in two shots but the strategy must be carefully planned and the shot making very precise.
Arnold Palmer's brazen style of play is typified in this design. The fairway bends to the left all the way to the green but actually ends temporarily at about 240 yards off the tee. The green is well protected especially by the water on the left, so any shot into this green whether long or short carries with it a sense of peril.
Decide on the tee whether or not you want to attempt to reach the green in two shots. If not hit something less than a driver to keep the ball in play. Even though there is water on the left just short of the green, you must avoid the series of fairway bunkers on the right.
This hole also turns to the left but just slightly and definitely plays uphill all the way, visually the hole is very appealing and is one that an aggressive player can attack. The shot into the 8th green is a little deceptive as the green is more elevated than meets the eye.
The tee shot here at #8 is not an easy one and most players tend to miss this shot to the right, particularly if the trade winds are blowing into and from the left. A low draw is a good shot shape for #8.
Just like at Mauna Kea, #11 at Hapuna is a favorite on the course. The views from the elevated tee are spectacular and the natural look and feel of this par 5 is a wonderful example of the design and maintenance philosophy at Hapuna Golf Course. The hole plays downhill off the tee and the fairway is one of the most generous on the course.
The second shot here is very deceiving and demands that a player really pay attention. There is much more room to the left than would appear and many a golfer have been surprised at how quickly the troubles come in on the right.
This is a terrific par 5 that offers a number of options on both the tee shot and second shot. Off the tee the hole plays pretty much straight away and slightly uphill. For players choosing not to play across the ravine on their second shot, the shot into this green, which is dramatically perched on the side of the hill, plays longer than its yardage.
If you choose to lay-up on your second shot, the closer the ball can be placed to the trouble on the right of the fairway, the shorter the shot will be into the green. But if you ever get a chance, take a rip at this green in two.