Perhaps the most visually stunning of our beautiful par-3s, the 8th Hole is truly Makalei's signature hole, thanks in no small part to the view of 10,000-foot Mount Haleakala on Maui some 90 miles across the ocean. Be sure to consider the wind and elevation change on this hole. There's trouble on the left and the right. The ideal shot is a mid iron to the front portion of the green, although leaving it short of the green is not all that bad, as many a par has been made here with a one-putt. The green moves your ball left, towards the pond. The 8th presents your best chance at a hole-in-one.
HISTORICAL NOTE: On July 30, 2006, Makalei's own "Eddie," scored a hole-in-one using his 6-iron. He did it right after Brian, owner of Big Island Auto Parts in Kona, rolled in his hole-in-one with his 7-iron. We mean right after. The odds of back-to-back holes in one on two consecutive swings of the club in the same foursome? 225 million to one, we are told.