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3 Steps To Up Your Bunker Play At Turtle Bay

Bunkers can be terrifying for many golfers, but with the right plan, anyone can get out of a bunker. We’ve recently renovated our bunkering here at Turtle Bay, so if your ball unfortunately finds one on either the Palmer or the Fazio, here’s the easiest way to get your ball onto the green for each course:

PALMER COURSE TIP: OPEN IT UP The sand on the Palmer course is light and fluffy; many players tend to dig too deep into the sand, making the ball lose momentum so much that it never makes it out of the bunker.

Step 1: It’s All In The Hands So to keep the club from digging too deeply into the sand, we need to expose more bounce by opening the clubface (twist the club to the right for right-handed players-to the left for left-handed players).


Golf and Surfing? An Unlikely Marriage

At first glance, it would be easy to surmise that surfers and golfers operate in different worlds. One surrounds himself in the ocean, the other the fairway. As sports, both surfing and golf have had to struggle to shake off inaccurate stereotypes—one of the washed out burnout, the other of the up-tight retiree. But as life often has a way of doing, there’s a considerable amount of golfers that love to surf and surfers that love to golf. Perhaps we’re actually cut from the same cloth and the two sports have more in common than you might think.


How To Protect the Hawaiian Monk Seals

On a sunny North Shore morning, visitors and locals alike gather at the shoreline at Turtle Bay. Before them, a Hawaiian monk seal lazily basks in the warm North Shore sun surrounded by her pups. The seal’s name is Honey Girl and she’s one of an estimated 1,100 in Hawaii, making her one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Early Hawaiians called them Ilioholoikauaua, which translates to "dog running in the rough seas,” and interacted with them regularly. As only one of two remaining breeds of warm water seals alive today, conservationists are feverishly working to replenish their numbers.