“I had enough controversy as a player,” Tom Weiskopf once said. “I don’t need it as an architect.” Indeed, the Weiskopf-designed Kukui`ula is an enjoyable- at times spectacular – spread on Kauai’s sunny south coast. The 320-yard 14th is the most dramatic hole to debut in the U.S. this year- and perhaps the most vexing. A huge center-fairway bunker forces players either to lay up short, thread the needle left, or bail out to the right, where a severe slope funnels tee shots even farther rightward into a bowl. Massive bunkers and ever-present trade winds spice up play, but Weiskopf created wide fairways and spacious green fronts. Frankly, the hardest thing about the course is pronouncing the name (koo-koo-ee-OO-la).
– Golf Magazine January 2012 Issue
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