Getting on the green

Blogging about some of the world's best golf holes.


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Hole # 17, Big Island GC, Kailua Kona, HI

Hole # 17, par 3, White tees, 144 yards

Island Green, # 17

Island Green, # 17

Off the tourist track and into residential communities, the Big Island Golf Club is a really nice course to play. Just click on the link and check out the fly over. When you drive up to the course, there’s a hidden gem sitting off to your right. Shrouded in a forest of trees is an island green – hole #17 awaits you.

Only 144 yards from the white tees, this island green is hard to hit. But if you do play it, try to get out in afternoon when there are less members bearing down on you. To get on the green, you need to be in Zen mode. Relax, take a deep breath and don’t try to look up. Trust your swing and let it go. Keep your head down and hear your ball land softly on the green.

I chose a 8-iron and it carried the water to the middle of the green. My wife had only 107 yards from the green tees so she used a 9-iron to get there. It’s a rush when you get on so enjoy the walk to the green. Close your eyes and feel as though you just played the island green at TPC Sawgrass in the Players’ Championship. Same as on the Big Island GC, the signature #17 hole is the most memorable and most recognizable hole on the whole golf course.


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Hole # 12, Kona CC, Ocean Course, Big Island, HI

Hole # 12, par 3, Ladies tees, 133 yards

Kona CC, Ocean Course

Kona CC, Ocean Course

Teeing off on the Ocean Course in Kona CC is a treat because the hole parallels the ocean. With a stiff breeze, 133 yards plays longer than it is. This is one course that if your spouse doesn’t play, it’s worth paying $25 for the rider’s fee because some of the holes plays alongside the ocean and the views are spectacular.

I’ve played other ocean courses before but this one is my favourite. Right before the “puka” hole which is hole # 13, the short par 3 on # 12 is easy for the ladies. I hit onto the green with my 8-iron. Two putt for an easy par. My husband has it harder as he has 167 yards from the white tees. He’s not hitting his 6-iron very well these days so he comes up right of the green. He has a tricky chip because he can’t keep his eyes off the surf. It’s too much for him so he duffs the shot. Two putts later, he walks away disappointed with a double bogey.