I played the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay on Tuesday 10/9 and found the course to be a challenge and enjoyable, but a little it was not more on the ocean.
I had a 7:34am tee time and being and early riser, I got over to the pro shop around 6:20am to check in and hit some balls to warm up. I found out the pro shop did not open until 6:30am and the restaurant (Lei Leis) did not open until 7:00am.
Once the pro shop opened I checked in and was told I could get out at 7:08am if I wanted to get an early start and that was okay with me. I went back out to check in with the started (this was 6:35am) and he was still working to get carts in place and rental clubs up front. I had my own but the driving range was not setup either. So I watched as the started worked to get everything setup.
Others had 6:46am tee times so I stayed out of his way so the started could get ready. The range was finally ready about 6:45 and I was able to his a few balls.
I chatted with the started before my round and he was very pleasant, apologized for the delay and mentioned he was running a bit behind. Very nice guy and he admitted he was running behind (no excuses) so I give him a lot of credit for his honesty.
I was soon off to the #1 tee box. For the Palmer course, it is about a mile away from the pro shop. Nice drive along the coast and out to the start of the course.
I enjoyed the course, lots of surprises and bunkers, but as I mentioned earlier, I was expecting more ocean front holes. You can hear the ocean quite a bit, you cannot really see it. The posters around Turtle Bay show a hole with bunkers and ocean and it turns out to be hole #17 on the Palmer Side. To really see the ocean, you have to leave the 17th hole and walk over to the ocean.
Overall, I am glad I can say I played Turtle Bay and the Palmer and Fazio Courses. I did not find either course to be too difficult, but it was fun to play. I think anyone who plays golf would enjoy the course.
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