Kukuilono Park Golf Course Detail
This writeup was done from the white tees, but the fact that there are two sets of tees is merely a formality if you want to do a couple laps around the course. The blue tees basically don't change the nature of the course.
#1 is an intermediate length hole that's straightaway with a slight bend to the left around the palm trees. It's plenty wide, so swing away. It pays to hit the green, just so you don't have to try chipping over (or short of) the bunkers. The green tips pretty severely from back to front, so try to stay below the hole.
#2 is a longish par 5. From the tee it looks like it goes off into infinity, and in fact you can't see the green because of a crown in the fairway 400 yards away (or so it seems). There's a flag on the horizon which at first I thought belonged to a different hole. However, it's a directional marker. Aim for that. Having said that, the fairway is almost as wide as it is long, so accuracy is not a major need here. Flail away. As far as that goes, you can basically do the same thing on your second shot. Once you get close, then you can start aiming at the green.
#3 is a long par 4 going back the other way. At least it seems long, because it's uphill. Once you get to the green, you'll see it sits up about three feet from the surrounding terrain. It's kind of small too. If you miss it on the approach, pay attention to your chip shot -- it will be tricky, no matter the angle.
#4 is another par 4 of intermediate length. From far away, you can use the microwave tower behind the green as a target. This is another green with a pronounced back to front tilt to it, so don't go long. (Also, there's a nasty little bunker hidden from view back and right.)
#5 is a short par 4, playing only 282 yards. It plays a little bit uphill, and the day I played there was a pretty good breeze in my face. Despite that, I actually bounced my drive onto the front edge, much to my astonishment. Unfortunately I then 3-putted for a par...
#6 is a par 3 across a chasm. It's 152 yards, and needs a good solid shot. I psyched myself out and over-swung and yanked it a mile left. Then I proceed to hit a brilliant flop shot over the bunker, and darned if it didnm't roll off the other side. It's another of those tiny elevated greens, so it rolled down the hill a good 10 yards. I made another brillian flop shot which rolled to the very far edge of the green, but managed to hang on. So I hit one bad shot, two great shots, and still walked away with a five. The moral of this story is "don't waste your tee shot."
#7 is another short par 4, but this one is up a fairly steep hill, which also tilts to the right quite a bit. I chose to hit a 2 hybrid just to make sure my natural fade didn't start to over-cooperate with the right hand tilt and throw me out of bounds or something. Having said that, the right side is a good angle to come in from, because there's a heckuva rolloff to the right of the green, and it's a bit easier to hold if you're coming in from the right.
#8 is a long par 3. The scorecard says only 162, but you need to add 20 or 30 yards to that because of the hill. There's also a bunker on the right it pays to be aware of.
The home hole runs up the hill to the clubhouse. It's a short par 5. By all means hit your driver here. There's acres of room on the right in the rough, so you almost can't reach trouble. Be sure to take plenty of extra club for your approach to allow for the hill. Also, the green blatantly and unabashedly has a false front. And even once you're actually on the green, there's still a pretty good tilt from back to front.
This is a dirt cheap no-frills course set in Hawaii! There's nothing else even remotely similar to it in the entire state! Enjoy it!