Getting on the green

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Hole # 16, Makalei GC, Big Island, HI

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Hole # 16, par 4, Blue tees, 423 yards

Peacock at Makalei

Peacock at Makalei

If you are a bird watcher and love nature then you have to make it out to Makalei GC on the Big Island in Hawaii. One of the things that you will remember about playing here is the amount of peacocks, both male and female walking around. There’s even the occasional wild turkey and quail, along with NeNe, Hawaii’s state bird.

There’s a lot of locals playing here but not much tourists. I’m a tourist and I love playing here because of the ocean vistas, wildlife and the great course layout. Holes # 14, 15 and 16 all share the same water hazard but on hole # 16, water hardly comes into play because you’re teeing off away from the lake. It’s a slight dogleg right and you can literally bomb it out there.

Hit a straight tee shot and you’ll be in good shape for your approach to the green. At 423 yards, you’ll have a hybrid to a green that is well protected with sand bunkers. Sometimes to make a play, it’s a good idea to hit a shorter iron to lay up then leave yourself a wedge to the green. I know, no GIR but it gives you a chance to par the hole. Par is a good score for this hole.

Author: TonyL

I'm a retired solutions architect from Open Solutions who provides business and technical solutions to Fortune 500 companies.

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