Ted Robinson has dubbed himself “The King of Waterscapes” and that’s evident at Kapolei Golf Club. Although some architects were fortunate enough to receive projects that allowed for holes along perhaps the greatest waterscape of them all — the Pacific Ocean — Robinson had to work a bit harder to create some challenging hazards for players on the Champions Tour and the LPGA, who would eventually compete at the course.
The signature stretch at the course comes as one makes the turn, beginning with No. 9. Although just 353 yards, it plays as one of the tougher fours on the course due to both overeager drivers and poorly-struck approaches; the lake along the left offers punishment for both.
The tenth hole tees off from an island built into the same lake, playing to a fairway that runs along the lake. This time, those who tend right will be the ones left fishing for their balls. No. 11 takes the themes of the previous hole but applies them to both the drive and approach shots, as the hole doglegs right around the water, forcing everyone to reckon with it eventually.