One would think that getting a course designed and built along the wild and beautiful North Shore of Oahu would be a grand spot for a golf course. The location certainly is but the net outcome for the Arnold Palmer course at Turtle Bay, minus the last three holes, is utterly forgettable.
For whatever reason, the Palmer effort is just a hodgepodge of formulaic resort golf. There's nary anything close to compelling architecture and the course is literally sequestered from the views of the North Shore until you reach the 17th hole.
Superimposing the same type of cookie-cutter holes onto the landscape shows a final effort that's mind-boggling for its lack of real creativity.
Predictably placed bunkers and large non-descript putting surfaces just fail to excite the senses when playing. The closing trio does attempts to pull things forward and the ending certainly helps add a fine way to end the round. Sad to say -- but just too little -- too late.
M. James Ward
Date: March 12, 2019