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Trade Winds Serve Up Some Stress at Hokuala’s 17th

This #TipTuesday brings you an insider’s tip on how to play the 17th hole at The Ocean Course at Hokuala from golf writer Mike Dauplaise of Prime Golf Destinations. How would you play it? (Image courtesy of Mike Dauplaise)

No. 17 – Par 3


The routing heads dead into the trade winds for the final two holes at Hokuala, beginning with this solid par-3 that plays longer than its yardage and is all carry over a pond. Water wraps around the right side of the green and behind it, leaving left as the only semi-safe place to miss. A bunker fronting the right side of the green and another back center tighten things up even more.

If you find yourself left and long of the putting surface, take your medicine and simply pitch it onto the left side of the green. Don’t even attempt to loft one over that rear bunker and get close to a pin position on the right side of the green. You will be risking fate (and water) in making an aggressive choice here.

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