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Playing the Plantation Course in Kapalua

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#1 Wedge Wizard

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 11:54 AM

Play the Plantation course in a couple of weeks. Trying to gauge people's past experiences so I know what to expect when I show up. Should I practice a particular shot, course conditions, just anything to help my first experience at the Plantation Course.


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:08 PM

View PostWedge Wizard, on 05 June 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

Play the Plantation course in a couple of weeks. Trying to gauge people's past experiences so I know what to expect when I show up. Should I practice a particular shot, course conditions, just anything to help my first experience at the Plantation Course.

It has been a few years since I last played it but you are in for a treat.  The fairways are wide and the greens are large.  Expect a fair amount of wind so you might want to practice your punch shots.  And no matter what you think...the putt breaks towards Molokai.

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:19 PM

View PostWedge Wizard, on 05 June 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

Play the Plantation course in a couple of weeks. Trying to gauge people's past experiences so I know what to expect when I show up. Should I practice a particular shot, course conditions, just anything to help my first experience at the Plantation Course.

For nearly thirty years I have been taking Maui golf trips every year, and mostly play Kapalua courses.  Before you go, practice long-distance control with your putter.  If you three put at home, four-five putts are regular on the Plantation and chose your clubs wisely around the undulated large greens.  :beach:  I was just there recently for 3wks.
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:27 PM

played it in january the week after the pros were there. place was awesome though i did expect faster greens. my guess is they didn't cut/roll between sunday morning and the thursday i played there. still felt it was worth the greens fee. you should check though plantation may be closed for renovations. i second the notions above though about the greens and how they break. should it be closed, ive heard the bay is worth playing and certainly better than either course at kaanapali. i cant compare the bay course to any of the 3 courses at wailea however.

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 02:31 PM

But not just the break of putt but the speed as well.  You can/will have slow downhill putts and speedy uphillers.  Definitely get some practice in on the putter green before the round.

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 03:14 PM

Greens at the Plantation are NOT comparable to mainland tour venues.  Due to the location of the course, elevation changes, green size and undulations and influential trades, they don't keep them fast like mainland venues, yet they play fast and can get ugly for the average golfer.

Depending on pin position, some holes I land short of the green, some cases 20-50yds short to keep the ball on the green thanks to the influence of trade winds and undulations.  Some greens in one direction can be slow, the opposite seriously fast...caution.
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 05:00 PM

I'll echo the putting comments above. I did not like putting with the rental putter - never got the feel of it. As for the course itself, it's a lot of fun, and enjoy the roll on some drives. It was in great condition when I played it in August 2016. Well worth the price.

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 05:10 PM

Make sure they cut you a bag tag, take all of the ball markers they will let you have, and the monogram towels out of the cart.

Thatís really all I got, other than take your time and enjoy enjoy it. And donít worry too much about your score.

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 01:17 PM

Glad I saw this, my wife and I will be there at the end of July. We went on our honeymoon 16 years ago and we played the Village course (no longer open) but this time I want to try the other two. I'm not all that great but it's Hawaii - who cares about my score?

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

I've played there twice. Once I hadn't played in a few months coming from the East Coast. Still scraped it around decently.

As others have mentioned - very generous fairways, breathtaking views and just an all-around fun day. It just makes watching the TOC that much better, seeing some of the spots these guys can get to. DJ's near ace on 12 this year will seem COMPLETELY insane.


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:25 PM

View PostZenMasterCoop, on 06 June 2018 - 01:17 PM, said:

Glad I saw this, my wife and I will be there at the end of July. We went on our honeymoon 16 years ago and we played the Village course (no longer open) but this time I want to try the other two. I'm not all that great but it's Hawaii - who cares about my score?

I enjoyed the Village course a lot.  They converted it to private for an unspecified number of years, not long then closed.  It's gone to seed, and I heard development is in its future.
The Plantation is fun so is The Bay course, only very different layout.  Challenging but not as penial as the Plantation.  My wife likes the Bay course because it's more women-friendly, as is the Emerald at Wailai.  Wailai Gold is just as challenging at Plantation, only in different ways.  If you want less expensive courses but fun tracks try Maui Nui in Kihei and Kahili in Wailuku.  You pass the ladder on the way to towards Kapalua.  Have fun :beach:
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:28 PM

View PostWedge Wizard, on 05 June 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

Play the Plantation course in a couple of weeks. Trying to gauge people's past experiences so I know what to expect when I show up. Should I practice a particular shot, course conditions, just anything to help my first experience at the Plantation Course.

Long lag putts & a low shot that can go under the wind

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:58 PM

When you are in a place that amazing it's hard to find flaws. As a guy from the Midwest the grass is tough (literally) to get used too. If the wind or the grass started annoying me I just picked up my head and took a look around!!! Wowzers!

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 06:30 PM

View PostBig Ben, on 06 June 2018 - 05:58 PM, said:

When you are in a place that amazing it's hard to find flaws. As a guy from the Midwest the grass is tough (literally) to get used too. If the wind or the grass started annoying me I just picked up my head and took a look around!!! Wowzers!

Agree.  That pretty much applies to every course in the islands!

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:01 PM

The grain of the green is key to knowing the putt speeds.  Seems that the Plantation course has the most severe grain of any of the Maui courses.  If the days are strong trade winds, pay the extra to play in the morning.  I've had a couple of twilight rounds there that # 9 and #10 were impossible pars for any average golfer. Also, as nice as the Plantation is to play, and you should play it, IMO Wailea Emerald is probably the most picturesque course on Maui.  I am not a fan of Kaanapali courses so if you have to stay on the west side I think Kapalua Bay course is easily 2nd best.

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:27 PM

Practice a lot of knock downs and 3/4 shots.  Bump and runs for around the greens.

It’s always freaking windy.  I personally don’t love The Plantation.  It’s really weird Golf. You really need to learn the course to score decent.  “Don’t go there, no matter what play this shot short, everything falls right so hug the left side, etc etc.”. Tons of local knowledge is needed. I’d choose the Bay over the Plantation any day.

I hate hilly windy golf so it’s pretty much not my cup of tea.  I’m honestly not sure if I’d be a golfer if I lived in Hawaii full time.  It Might drive me nuts.

Yes, the views are off the charts at Kapalua, but there are a lot of other courses I prefer on the island.. I used to go every summer  with my family for many years and my dad and I played every day for 10 days.   Sometimes 36 a day.  Im sure I sound like an a$$ complaining, but damn did the wind and the hilly lies get old.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 02:27 AM

Love the Plantation courses.  I played all three in addition to the Kaanapali courses.  I actually liked the Village quite a bit before it went bye bye.  The Bay is a Palmer/Seay design and has a couple ocean holes.  Plantation holes into the wind (which is significant) play tough, however the fairways are so wide that if you remember that it makes the shot not that hard.  I started using my choked up driver off the deck sweeping the ball to keep it under the wind on all the par 5's into the wind and worked very well.

Also used my connections back then to play for free so that added to my enjoyment.  Almost had a hole in one there as I hit it to 6 inches on 6 or 7 i think from like 205 tee box with rented Ping I3 back in 1999.

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 10:53 AM

Plantation is just a great golf experience. Really cool to see the first collaboration design of Coore & Crenshaw and I would for sure play another one of their tracks if you have one close to you. Lots of width and angles depending on pin locations would be a great way to manage your way around the course. Enjoy the views and honestly just try to soak in playing on that beautiful peaceful island in the Pacific. I cant wait to go back don't forget to try the Big Swell IPA if you like that kinda stuff.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:33 AM

I will be in Maui July 3-July 10 and plan on playing here as well.  Thanks for starting this thread.  Looking forward to playing and appreciate all the tips!
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