Golf Tips From the 17th Hole: Golf at Hualalai Golf Course

The first in a series of favourite signature holes, a Hualalai Golf Course expert shares what you need to know about this par-3 hole.

Oct 13, 2011
The signature 17th hole at Hualalai Golf Course in Hualalai
The signature 17th hole at Hualalai Golf Course in Hualalai offers a spectacular view.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Course: Hualalai Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu

Signature Hole: 17th, par 3

Why it is unique: Carved from oceanfront fields of black lava, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Hualalai Golf Course in Hualalai on the Big Island is truly a-one-of-a kind stunner, exclusive to Four Seasons guests and Hualalai homeowners. Nicklaus’ trademark is a jaw-dropping oceanfront finish, and at Hualalai, the signature hole is a new twist on the “island” hole—a green surrounded by black lava and sand, framed by the Pacific behind. As Director of Golf Operations Brendan Moynahan explains, “Seventeen is only 164 yards long, but it’s a great example of Nicklaus’ core philosophy for the course. He used four contrasting elements throughout: green fairways, black lava rock, white sand and the blue water and sky. The 17th has all of these prominently displayed.” During winter, it’s also a perfect spot to view humpback whales.

Tip: “The thing you need to consider is the wind,” Moynahan says. “Usually a 10- or 15- mile an hour breeze comes off the ocean from left to right. If so, aim left and ride the wind. Relax, because, the 17th green is one of the biggest on the course. If things do not go well, just go around and try again. Our green fees are for the whole day, so if you tee off in the morning, come back in the afternoon.”

Don’t be distracted by: “Do not think about the whales jumping in the ocean or the wonderful restaurants you can enjoy after the round,” Moynahan says. “Just make a good swing.”

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