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The Ocean Course Hokuala
No. 8 - Par 3
(169/147/132/115)

Just Because Hokuala's 8th is Short, Doesn't Mean It's a Gimme

 
Get an insider’s tip on how to play the pretty par-3 8th hole at the Ocean Course at Hokuala from golf writer Mike Dauplaise. (Image courtesy of Patrick Koenig)
How would you play it?

--- No. 8 – Par 3
(169/147/132/115)

One of the more picturesque of the inland holes plays downhill from an elevated tee to a green that sits hard against a pond on the right. With the trade winds usually blowing from the left and slightly into you, that pond is very much in play.

The tee boxes shift more to the left as you move forward, opening up the green from the more forward tees. A bunker and steep hillside on the left ensure you can’t just bail out without suffering some consequences. The only safe miss is short and left.

Put a good swing on it and hold your breath until your ball falls to dry land. This is not a long hole by any means and ranks as the easiest hole on the front nine, but that doesn’t mean you get a free pass.

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