18th Hole Kapalua Golf Club – Plantation Course
663 Yard Par 5
663 Yard Par 5
The view down the 18th fairway and out to the ocean has become iconic since the PGA Tour started kicking off the season at Kapalua’s stunning Plantation course. When it comes to pure fun, few holes can stack up to the finishing hole at Kapalua Plantation.
Host to the annual Tournament of Champions, the Plantation course was fashioned around the closing hole, a 663-yard downhill and invariably downwind par five. The panoramic backcloth of the glistening Pacific Ocean and the distant mountain peaks take your breath away as you stand on the elevated final tee. The wide fairway tumbles downhill inviting a booming drive. There are few 600+ holes where golfers feel there is a legitimate chance to reach the green in two, but tumbling downhill terrain at Kapalua provides a chance to chase your drive for what seems to be miles before knocking a fairway metal down the sloping short grass that filters balls in towards the green.
However, only the brave take on this incredible hole in two shots because the approach shot must carry across a chasm which cuts into the fairway from the right. The green is huge and inviting, but unless you can hit the ball more than 300 yards, you’ll be left with a similar distance for your second shot.
Check out the video below of Bubba Watson back in 2011 hitting the green in two! Do you think you could do the same?