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Your Final Shot at Princeville Makai is Do or Die

This #TipTuesday brings you an insider’s tip on how to play the 18th hole at Princeville Makai Golf Club from golf writer Mike Dauplaise of Prime Golf Destinations. How would you play it? (Image courtesy of Mike Dauplaise)
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Princeville Makai Golf Club
No. 18 – Par 5


This is a fun hole that presents multiple options for each shot. The target off the tee is a little confusing the first time you play it. After carrying a pond, you’ll see a large bunker on the right side of the fairway, a smaller one right in the middle, and a small stand of trees on the left. Depending on your level of bravery, left is the shortest route to the hole but brings the most water into play. Be aware that a second, larger pond looms beyond that tree stand on the left.

Take the left route if you dare, and your ball will carom down a slight decline and be in position to go for the gold on your next shot, perhaps even with an iron. The hole continues to the left around the second pond, with a wide but narrow green tempting you from the opposite shore. There is a narrow bailout area around the pond to the right, and the fairway narrows substantially beginning 100 yards from the green.

Two large bunkers behind the green frame the target beautifully, creating a stressful recovery shot back toward the water. The LPGA Tour held its Women’s Kemper Open here from 1986-90, and this hole reshuffled the leaderboard each year.

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