My photos, article and review of Keole Hawaii as published in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World – Jan 2015
Keole (formerly known as The Experience at Koele) is an entirely different experience from its sister course, The Challenge at Manele Bay. Nothing soothes the soul like being surrounded by century old cork pine and kiawe forests, babbling brooks and cool mountain air but who would expect to find this in Hawaii.
When Ted Robinson and Greg Norman collaborated to make the most of the highland terrain they created a ‘tropical course’ unlike any you’ve played before but be forewarned, there is a total of almost 400 feet of elevation change here so walking is not an option.
Koele features cascading waterfalls, creeks that meander along the hillside and seven lakes. The Par 5, 3rd hole is your first chance to see one of these signature elements with an amazing drop pool waterfall on the right side of the green. Next you’ll encounter a lake that completely surrounds the green on the Par 4, 308-yard 8thhole that will challenge you to bring out you’re A-game. But to make it a little easier, Koele has bent grass greens which are definitely unique to this part of the world and no mean feat to maintain when you’re fighting against a ten year drought.
To read the entire article visit http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/productdetails.asp?id=3332 or double-click on image below.