The Plantation Course - Kapalua Hawaii


2007 Mercedes Benz ChampionshipThis week the PGA TOUR returns to Maui to kick off the 2008 season with the Mercedes-Benz Championship at Kapalua (Hawaii) Plantation Course. Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Class A member Juan Gutierrez, senior golf course superintendent, is watching the greens very closely as an abundance of rain and lack of sunlight has softened up the course. The golf course is on a hillside and has excellent drainage, but more than 20 inches of rain the past three weeks has not been ideal.
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.

Primary GrassesHeight of Cut

Stimpmeter10.5 feet
Sand bunkers99
Water Hazards0

Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Mercedes-Benz Championship
  • Plantation Course Tour
  • Complete GCSAA Tournament Fact Sheet
    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America