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A Birdie Chance at the Wailua Turn

This #TipTuesday brings you an insider’s tip on how to play the 9th hole at Wailua Golf Course from golf writer Mike Dauplaise of Prime Golf Destinations. How would you play it? (Image courtesy of Mike Dauplaise)
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No. 9 – Par 5
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Par-5s bookend the front nine at the county-owned Wailua Golf Course, and the ninth provides an opportunity to finish the front side in style. This hole is reachable in two shots for bigger hitters on days when the wind allows, especially from the white tees. Since the trade winds blow slightly into you and from the right off the tee, a shot down the left side provides the most efficient angle.

The fairway turns slightly left and heads into a more wooded area as you make the uphill approach to the green. Two fronting bunkers narrow the opening, leaving a difficult touch shot should you miss outside of those traps. The easier shot actually might be from the bunkers rather than a flop shot over them if your skill level from the sand is decent. A high, soft short iron is the more common play for the third shot, providing a birdie chance before heading to the back nine.
 

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