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Poll: Kapalua course choice (20 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you play Plantation with cart path only or Bay?

  1. Plantation with cart path only (17 votes [85.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 85.00%

  2. Bay (3 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

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#1 GrampsTaughtMe

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 11:12 PM

Here it is ... I'll be in Kapalua later next week and the following week.  I'll only have time to play once, likely on Monday, the 17th.

I played Plantation about 15 years ago and loved it.  I'd like to play it again on the 17th.  Normally this would be a no-brainer, but ... it will be cart paths only as they prep for the Sentry.  I HATE cart paths only, especially on courses with a lot of elevation change.

So ... given the choice, would you suggest playing the Bay Course, instead, or just bite the bullet and deal with cart path only at Plantation?  FWIW, I've read that the Bay Course is also a fun one.

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 11:42 PM

View PostGrampsTaughtMe, on 04 December 2018 - 11:12 PM, said:

Here it is ... I'll be in Kapalua later next week and the following week.  I'll only have time to play once, likely on Monday, the 17th.

I played Plantation about 15 years ago and loved it.  I'd like to play it again on the 17th.  Normally this would be a no-brainer, but ... it will be cart paths only as they prep for the Sentry.  I HATE cart paths only, especially on courses with a lot of elevation change.

So ... given the choice, would you suggest playing the Bay Course, instead, or just bite the bullet and deal with cart path only at Plantation?  FWIW, I've read that the Bay Course is also a fun one.

I haven't even played the Bay course and I hate cart path only but I have played Kapalua a few times and I would still pick it over the Bay.  Its just an awesome feeling playing up there.
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:28 AM

View PostHaloha, on 04 December 2018 - 11:42 PM, said:

View PostGrampsTaughtMe, on 04 December 2018 - 11:12 PM, said:

Here it is ... I'll be in Kapalua later next week and the following week.  I'll only have time to play once, likely on Monday, the 17th.

I played Plantation about 15 years ago and loved it.  I'd like to play it again on the 17th.  Normally this would be a no-brainer, but ... it will be cart paths only as they prep for the Sentry.  I HATE cart paths only, especially on courses with a lot of elevation change.

So ... given the choice, would you suggest playing the Bay Course, instead, or just bite the bullet and deal with cart path only at Plantation?  FWIW, I've read that the Bay Course is also a fun one.

I haven't even played the Bay course and I hate cart path only but I have played Kapalua a few times and I would still pick it over the Bay.  Its just an awesome feeling playing up there.
Yes this is how I'm leaning.  I played PGA West Stadium last month, cart path only, and am glad I did.  At a minimum I have booked my tee time for Plantation.
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:43 AM

Plantation and it really isnít even remotely close.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:52 AM

View Postaz2au, on 05 December 2018 - 12:43 AM, said:

Plantation and it really isn't even remotely close.
As I figured. Haven't played Bay so nothing to which to compare.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:14 AM

The Bay Course is fun, and has some beautiful holes along the ocean.  The pros used to play the Bay Course regularly, and its a good challenge, but its nothing like the Plantation.  If you want to avoid the cart-path-only stuff, and you like playing new courses, play the Bay, you'll have fun.  If you want the best course you can find, and don't mind walking across 80-yard wide fairways, play the Plantation.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:52 AM

Plantation 9 times out of 10.  The 10th time you go there, you can mix in the bay.)

I played all three several times (Village is NLE).

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:26 AM

I'd rank the Bay course as somewhere between good and very good. But not exceptional. A few really good and fun holes, especially those along the water as noted above...but also a couple that were a bit more forgettable.

If you've played Plantation you no doubt have a few holes that still get you excited thinking about playing again (#8 for me!) I understand it's not everyone's favorite course, so if you liked it the first time I'd say play there again.

Cart path only will certainly make for a longer round and more tiring day, but I'm pretty sure that's still what I would do.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 11:02 AM

I’ve played both many times.  I’ve got a bad hip so it wouldn’t be a choice for me.

I’d never play a course cart path only unless it was a once in a lifetime event or just a spectacular tract.

....and for that matter I don’t really love the plantation.  It’s more weird than great.  Views are obviously great but the course is not my favorite.

Up hill, down hill, side hill, billy goat golf.  Not really my thing.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 11:09 AM

Have been lucky enough to make several trips to Maui and Kapalua.  Have played many rounds there and have only played the Bay once and Plantation at least eight.  I would much rather play Plantation.  The time back and forth to the cart will allow you to really take in the views.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:05 PM

If it’s REALLY windy, playing the Plantation with cart path only, would probably make for a LONG day. If the weather is nice, I’d probably go with the bigger name.

My favorite course at Kapalua was the Village course. But they closed that down years ago.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:08 PM

Cmon now......its not even close.  Plantation every day.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:21 PM

Bay Course is definitely amazing as well. But Plantation any time possible. No matter what.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:36 PM

Cart path only at Kapalua is a no brainer. Majestic views to relax while you walk to your ball.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:29 PM

Hmmm, play a legendary outstanding course and get a little more exercise, or play an average course just to be able to stay closer to the cart? Doesn’t seem like this should even be a question....


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