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Respect the Trade Winds on Princeville Makai’s 15th

This #TipTuesday brings you an insider’s tip on how to play the 15th 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)

Princeville Makai Golf Club
No. 15 – Par 4


The first time I played here, I mistakenly thought the nearest fairway bunker to the tee framed the left side of the fairway. The fairway actually doglegs to the right around that bunker. The trade winds blowing from the left mean you need to play safely down the left side to stay out of private residents’ backyards that are further right of that bunker.

The fairway slopes downhill beyond the bunkers in the landing area, leaving an uphill approach to a modest green that’s wide open in front. A smattering of bunkers around the perimeter enhances the visual target, and a ridge running across the green makes it important to find the correct tier.

Before you tee off, glance at the area beneath the two trees in the median of the cart path. You just might see the bob-and-weave mating dance of an albatross couple. These birds mate for life and live a long time, so chances are you’ll see the same couple here on subsequent visits to Kauai.

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