Kansas City, Missouri
October 17, 2002
The track itself is of moderate difficulty - typical for a resort course. I think it was about 6800 from the tips. The course is beautiful in all respects -I scored very well because I never had a bad fairway lie and I always got a true roll on the green. My wife played the best round of her life!
The course takes on a mountain-course personality for most of the round. The ocean is always in view, but never in play. Man-made lakes are in play on a few holes, but water isn't the primary hazard: lava and sand provide most of the challenge here. Lava is nearly impossible to hit out of.
My favorite holes were the par fives. Almost all of them were reachable with two big shots. Great risk-reward holes. They also happened to be some of the most spectacular holes on the course - I think it was the 12th or so that was 580 yds, straight downhill, with awesome views of the ocean in the background.
Very cool course - if I would only play one course in Hawaii, this is the one I would pick.
For what it's worth, the Mauna Kea course is next door and owned by the same resort and managed by the same people. It is more expensive, but I'm told it's also a wonderful course. I think the Senior Tour plays there or something...
From journal Hawaii - Big Island