The 18-hole layout at
Hoakalei Country Club is a 2009 Ernie Els design, laid out on an old sugar
plantation next to the former US Navy airfield at Barbers Point on the south
shores of Oahu Island.
Seashore paspalum grass has been used throughout to enhance the links-like qualities of the course and the coastal winds that blow around its location ensure that it never plays the same from one day to the next.
Laid out on a largely flat property, the fairways are routed around several large lakes, bringing aquatic hazards into play at just about every hole – and if water doesn’t impede your progress here then one of the 114 bunkers just might.Both nines begin with a par five – the 1st is a very long opening hole, in fact, measuring more than 600 yards from the back markers – and the back nine ends somewhat unusually with a par three, played to a home green that’s protected by sand and water to the left of the hole.
Hoakalei is truly a championship course measuring over 7,400 yards with a lot of bunkers and water hazards. Players need not only distance but also accuracy. The greens are fast and undulating. The current clubhouse is temporary and the new one will be under construction starting this year. Currently, the 1st hole is strong par 5 and the 18th is long but ordinary par 3. With the clubhouse changing locations, the sequence of holes will alter to have strong finishing hole.
The par 4 383-yard 8th has split fairways. On the second shot, players hit over a creek onto the highly elevated shallow green protected by bunkers left & right. The signature hole is the par 3 195-yard 13th with an island green – the green is surrounded by water as well as 9 bunkers.
There are plans to build a few 5-star hotels around the course within 4 or 5 years and there is also a rumor that PGA Tour Sentry Tournament of Champions will be held here in the future replacing Kapalua Plantation.