Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

PGA Tour Set to Start in Hawaii

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

PGA Tour Set to Start in Hawaii

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The reward for winning on the PGA Tour is a trip to the west tip of Maui for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where the course was built on the side of a mountain, overlooks the ocean and evokes a response from players that is different from other weeks.

"My first reaction was, 'Do we get a cart for the week?'" Canadian Open champion Tim Clark said.

J.B. Holmes can spend all day looking out at the Pacific, where he can see the occasional breach of a humpback whale and the island of Molokai appearing to be close enough to swim there. The Plantation Course at Kapalua is on an amazing piece of property.

Perhaps even more amazing is that they play golf on it.

"You wouldn't walk out onto it and say, 'We should put a golf course here.' But they did a good job," Holmes said. "It's a fun course to play."

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw created this golf course, which looks like a beast because of the expansive fairways cut through canyons, the stunning drops (and rises) in elevation and enormous greens that are difficult to gauge because of the grain. …

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