On the Ewa Plain of Oahu, Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay were given land that was once just waving fields of sugar cane and created a memorable course with character and variety. Character and variety, in this case, are euphemisms for sidehill lies, downhill lies and uphill lies – the unique challenges of the 27-hole Hawaii Prince Golf Course.
- Each of the three nine holes – A, B and C – is related but has its own identity. The most challenging combination is A-C, slope rating 134 from the back tees. The least difficult is A-B.
- Ten lakes dot the course. Water comes into play on six holes of the A course, three on the B and seven of the C.
- On the C course, the toughest test is on the second hole, a par-4 dogleg with a lake on the left, several fairway bunkers on the right and the out-of-bounds beyond that.
- The toughest on the A course is the eighth hole, a long par-5 with lots of bunkers and mounding.
- The B course saves the toughest for last, a par-4 that usually plays into the trade winds, with water to the left, front and right of the tee. This is probably the most difficult hole of all three courses.
- The putting greens on A, B and C are among the fastest in Hawaii.
- The three interchangeable nines offer a variety of challenges with multiple sets of tees and well-placed bunkers awaiting any errant shot. Depending on which combination of nines you play, you are sure to get a diverse experience.