Gutierrez has expanded the size of some tees, recontoured some fairways to remove organic matter, and has changed the height of cut in some areas. He says that the undulated greens can be challenging when the wind is up, which it often is, as 40 mph winds are not considered strange there.
This is his first year at Kapalua. Gutierrez came from Doral Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla., where he was the superintendent for the Blue Course, known as the 'Blue Monster,' host of the World Golf Championship's CA Championship.
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, The Plantation unfurls across island canyons, native vegetation and panoramic oceanfront plateaus. A shotmaker's dream, players will find that the use of imagination and feel - along with every club in their bag - is an asset here. Kapalua means 'arms embracing the sea.' Kapalua is famous for its three championship golf courses: The Bay Course, The Plantation Course and The Village Course.
Surrounding most of Kapalua is one of Maui's active pineapple plantations and a giant stand of 100-year-old Norfolk Island Pines (Cook Pines). In 1995, the Kapalua resort established the 'Kapalua Nature Society' to coordinate the resort's various environmental programs. This unique organization is managed by Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. and is comprised of resort employees and members of the community.
The Plantation Course was rated No. 56 in Golfweek's 2007 list of America's Best Modern Courses.
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