Son Quint is 5,929m off the yellow tees which makes it a fairly long course and it can certainly play that way on a windy day. We found it a pleasant challenge from start to finish.
As the lowest course of the 3 Arabella courses this is a very walkable course and whilst the rolling hills form an integral part of the course’s character and its design it is very much the man made hazards which play a major part in how the course feels to play. Two different water features are in play on 4 holes and include the devilish Par 3 12th. Bunkers are not overly abundant but very well placed which makes this a strategic course as well as a reasonably long one.
Typical of the front 9 is the Par 5 7th hole. This is a long hole at 439m off the yellow tees and its difficulty is increased by a very narrow fairway and a bunker in range of the second shot. The green is also well protected with 2 bunkers on the front fringe either side. You'll need a strategy from the tee to conquer this hole, and out Shot Saver section on the right may be able to help.
The Par 3 12th on the back 9 is typical of how the man made hazards are a real part of this golf course. The 12th hole is 178m off the yellow tees and the entire carry is over water with precious little bail out room right or left. Very difficult! We have advice on these and many of the other holes at Son Quint in our Shot Saver section on the right.
2nd – Par 4, 343m, straight and narrow with protective bunkers around
As with many holes here at Son Quint the line is often clear off the tee
and the details around the greens are more important. Here there are
bunkers short left and right of the green and plenty of room on the
green on the back left. If you can take enough club and stay left for
safety it should be rewarded.
3rd – Par 3, 162m, right to left slope from tee to green.
With a distinct slope all the way from right to left, and quite a steep
bunker to the left of the green the safe line here is clearly favouring
the right hand side of the fairway to use the natural slope.
5th – Par 4, 329m, slight dogleg right with bunker short right of the
The line is there to be chosen off the tee regarding how close you get
to the trees. Bear in mind that there is a bunker on the front right of
the green protecting against an approach from the right.
6th – Par 4, 317m, dogleg right almost at a right angle.
This dogleg turns at almost 90 degrees about 190m down the fairway (from
the yellow tees) and the big hitters should be able to get very close
to the green by cutting the corner of the trees. A note of caution
though - the 7th fairway is tight on the right here and is considered
Out of Bounds if playing the 6th so a wayward tee shot could not only
cause injury to those on the 7th but also a shot, you've been warned.
7th – Par 5, 439m, long and narrow again with a fairway bunker in play
on the second shot.
This is the lone par 5 on the Front 9 and no surprise here it is long
and narrow again. Given the trees on the right we advise a line to the
left of centre off the tee to make use of the downslope. On the second
shot it is highly possible that the fairway bunker will be in play. If
possible we suggest a route in to the left of this rather than right as
there is more space.
8th – Par 4, 308m, sharp dogleg right.
Another sharp dogleg right here, so sharp you cannot see the pin from
the tee. The line is to the right edge of the bunker straight ahead
which should leave a pitch on. You should have a clean line in if the
drive is well struck as the only protection here is a bunker short right
of the green. Out of Bounds on the right means that cutting the corner
cannot be advised and should not be necessary on this hole.
9th – Par 4, 358m, blind tee shot with downhill run to the green.
The view from the tee here invites a good strike from a large club with
the promise of getting a kick down the hill if you can carry the ridge
of the slope. What you can't see is that there is a bunker on the left
just over the ridge, and whilst there is room on the right the slope
falls away there so shots that start right will often go further right
once they land and leave an approach over trees. A restrained tee shot
on the left of centre of the fairway will provide the best line in and
most probably the points here.
11th – Par 4, 340m, slight turn left, water in play off the tee.
A slight turn left that is not quite a dogleg here. Given the water in
play on the right and the non-threatening nature of the trees on the
left we suggest that you be as flirtatious as you feel comfortable with
with the trees on the left. A good strike should leave a pitch onto the
green where again there is the classic combination of bunkers at the
front of the green and a slope in the green that leaves a downhill putt
from a full approach.
12th – Par 3, 178m, entire carry is over water.
A very difficult Par 3 given the lack of bail out room short, right and
left, the only place left to go is long and bail out room is a bit
skimpy there too! There's not a lot of advice we can give here but if we
had to say something we would suggest you pick the right club to carry
the green, and then choose one club higher and swing nice and easy. This
hole is as much psychology as anything else, and I'm afraid you're on
your own there!
15th – Par 4, 350m, another teasing tee inviting a strike, deceptive
space on the right.
Like the 9th hole the view from the tee invites a big strike to make
full use of the downhill slope to the green. The terrain after the ridge
is deceptive, where from the tee it appears to open up on the left when
actually there are trees and a drop off to the 11th fairway there. All
the room is on the right and this is where the smart money goes from the
tee. A downhill pitch on and points in the bag hopefully.
16th – Par 4, 384m, long and uphill, Stroke Index one for its length.
This Par 4 is long and all up hill. A heroic drive may reach the top of
the ridge for a clean shot in but more likely than not the approach will
be from an uphill lie. The only protection around the green here is a
bunker short left and there is enough room out to the right.
17th & 18th– A long haul back to the clubhouse, straight ahead and
slow and steady is the recommendation.
There's 853m to get home on the last two holes but a par of 9 to do it
in. It is a long haul but there are enough strokes to make it if you are
consistent and accurate. Good luck, a well earned beverage awaits in
King Kamehameha once you've made it!
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