This #TipTuesday brings you an insider’s tip on how to play the 11th hole at Wailua Golf Course from golf writer Mike Dauplaise of Prime Golf Destinations. How would you play it? (Image courtesy of Mike Dauplaise)
No. 11 – Par 4
Ponds bordering both sides of the fairway provide all the incentive you need to give the short dogleg-left hole the respect it deserves. What it lacks in length, No. 11 at Wailua makes up for with the need for pinpoint accuracy.
The pond on the right is short and shouldn’t be an issue for most players. It’s the pond on the left that does the most damage, even though it does you no good to hug the left side of the fairway. Many players won’t need a driver to reach the apex of the dogleg. However, a large tree that blocks the front left of the green makes going through the fairway into the right rough the safer miss.
From the right side of the fairway, it’s only a short iron onto a small green guarded by two bunkers and that tree. The wind blows from the right and slightly into your face off the tee, and directly across from the right on the approach. The green is slightly elevated, making recovery shots a little more difficult.