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Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course re-opens Nov. 23 after Coore-Crenshaw renovation


The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, the home of the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, will re-open Nov. 23 after a nine-month project dubbed a “refinement” of the Coore-and-Crenshaw design. Architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw worked with Mark Rolfing, as well Troon Golf, which operates the course, on the project.

All 107 acres of fairways, tees and rough were grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass, while all greens were grassed with TifEagle Bermuda grass. A capillary concrete liner system was installed in all 93 course bunkers, allowing the bunkers to perform better under torrential island rains and other wet conditions. All 18 greens were rebuilt with new drainage and sand. Tees were laser leveled.

A look at the new 18th hole at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. (Credit: Joe West)

Each of the 18 holes on the course was touched in some specific fashion, as well. Some green complexes were expanded, while some were made smaller. Professional tees for the PGA Tour event were modified, rebuilt or added on a variety of holes. A number of fairway bunkers were moved closer to the fairway, changing some of the playing corridors on the par-73 course.

The Plantation Course practice green and chipping green areas were also rebuilt with TifEagle Bermuda. The practice range tee area was laser leveled and grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass, matching what players will experience on the course.

The 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions will be played Jan. 2-5. Tee times will be limited on the Plantation Course leading into the event, but some public play is available.

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