Hands down, one of my favorite rounds of 2016. I am a sucker for seaside golf and Sandpiper has it in abundance. The front side has some parkland holes that allow you to get the juices flowing but its really kicks in on the 5th hole which goes uphill to a ridge and you start playing along the sea for a few holes.
You quickly drop back down into the parkland but your appetite has been whetted for the back 9 with a fantastic stretch of holes from 10-12. The 10th is a fantastic short par 4 that doglegs left but left is death due to the cliffs. The approach to the green is framed by the ocean but get used to it because 11 is a fantastic long downhill par 3 with nothing but you and the ocean. The 12th is a dogleg right going uphill and much like Kapalua, look back for the incredible scenery.
The rest of the course offer great holes and ends with a par 3 fascinatingly positioned over a lake.
Conditioning of the course is really the only issue as there are patches of threadbare fairway and the rough is a little too wild and wooly. The rack rate is also extremely high although you can find deals occasionally. Playing this course is a lot of fun and will allow you to get your ocean fix.
Date: November 22, 2016