Manele Golf Course not only boasts amazing cliffside vistas, but the Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole course also has some pretty unique holes. Here are a few of our favourites.
Best Four-Hole Stretch
Numbers 10 – 13, along Hulopoe Bay, feature holes that play along 200-foot (61-metre) cliffs with the Pacific Ocean as a hazard.
Good Time to “Go For It”
As long as you keep your tee shot out of the central fairway bunker, you can think about reaching the green in two on number 15, a par 5 that is more beauty than beast.
Best Tee Shot
Manele Golf Course’s 12th hole is notorious for the demanding carry it requires across 200 yards (183 metres) of ocean blue. This par 3 hangs 150 feet (46 metres) over the surf. There’s no fairway. It’s all carry over the sea to the green.
Loneliest Tree on the Course
Number 11 gives you the first real sense of how good the back nine is going to be. It's a 589-yard (539-metre) par 5 that runs above the ocean along its length and ends with a catcher's mitt–shaped green right over the ocean. Adding to the drama, an old-looking tree hangs over the green, giving it something of a Torrey Pines look.
Angry Bear Hole
The true character of the course challenges every shot on number 2, a long uphill par 4. The dogleg left requires two forced carries over shallow ravines to an elevated two-tiered green secured by inviting bunkers.
Where to Channel Your “Inner John Daly”
Grip it and rip it at the par-5 number 6. This is your chance to let out the shaft and swing freely. The tee shot on this downhill par 5 is to a receptive fairway – let it rip! The green is reachable for long hitters but you'll pay the price if your ball is short and finds the cluster of bunkers on the right. Play to the left side on both your drive and approach.
Best Back-to-Back Par 3s
A true golf rarity exists on Manele Golf Course’s seventh and eighth holes. The back-to-back par 3s are something only a confident course designer such as Nicklaus would dare try. Playing the golf course for the first time can cause a double-take unless you checked the scorecard before the round. Number 7 is 172 yards (157 metres) long and often plays into the tradewinds, breezes that will make you think twice about which club you would like to use. The eighth is a little longer, 210 yards (192 metres) from the back tees. While there are no bunkers on the hole, the green sits atop a hill and requires an extremely accurate shot to stick it close.
Hole Guaranteed to Wreck Your Scorecard
The 462-yard (422-metre), par-4 fifth hole is the toughest on the course, forcing players to hit left to avoid driving through the fairway, which slopes toward the ocean. The second shot will be into a green some 60 feet (18 metres) below the fairway. Check out the ocean views before you move on, as Maui and Kahoolawe will be visible. On a clear day, you can likely see the Big Island of Hawaii.
Most Threatening Hole
The par-4 17th hole is the longest forced carry – right over a cliff with the surf crashing against the rocks far below. And that’s just to reach the fairway. All you see from the tee is the flag; the bunker danger lurking all around it is obscured.
The bookend 17th is even more of a challenge. It's the golf course's No. 2 handicap – how could any hole here be tougher? – and measures 444 yards (402 metres) from the back tees. It also requires a 220-yard (201-metre) carry to get over the water, which cuts into the fairway down the right side. If you play from the gold tees, it’s 392 yards (358 metres) to the hole and 177 yards (162 metres) to clear the water. But if the wind is helping you on the 12th, it's stiffly against you on the 17th. Even if you do make it over the Pacific, you must negotiate a serious dogleg right with water running down that side of the fairway. This is one tough golf hole.