Waikoloa Beach Resort is a popular resort development not far north of Kona airport on The Big Island in Hawaii. The resort is home to a number of luxury hotels and condos, has lovely beaches, high end shopping, and of course two 18 hole golf courses.
Waikoloa Beach Resort- Kings' Course
The Kings' Course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and opened in 1990
They have created a links-style layout at the Kings’ that is playable for all, yet can still challenge the better player.
The course uses a combination of water hazards, bunkering and lava to good effect throughout to keep the golfer honest
While this is very much resort golf, there are some good holes out there:
The 5th hole is the signature hole. A quite distinctive short par four, it measures just 277 yards from the white tees and has lava either side of the fairway. The putting surface is perched eight feet above the fairway and tucked behind a bunker that protects the left side, and contains a large lava boulder which dominates proceedings.
With an accurate tee shot this is a potential birdie hole, and can be played with a lay up shot to position off the tee, or by taking on the trouble and going for the green or surrounds. It’s a good hole and looks great
Hole 15 is a short par 3 with a pond impinging on the line to the green. The green runs across at an angle with bunkers protecting the rear and a really tight pin position on the front right for those that choose to avoid carrying the water
Holes 16, 17 & 18 provide a strong finish with water a major factor laterally. Hole 16 & 18 come back to the clubhouse and the greens are not an easy target. The final hole has a lava field to negotiate off the tee as well!
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