Hokulia is one of the smaller Hawaiian Islands, and it provides an idyllic setting for a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The layout extends along the shore in the midst of the island's relatively few but uniformly splendid estates and its airport. Like something out of a travel brochure, the brilliant sand, blue breakers and mountains create a stunning backdrop for golf here; sometimes whales can even be seen out to sea. For all its beauty and open space, the course definitely has some teeth; it is, after all, a Nicklaus production. In particular, little if any accommodation has been made for the fact that winds blow in frequently off of the Pacific and even when they are not that strong can make an already challenging layout of 6700 meters in length into a real slog, despite the fact that the shorter teeing options available.