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The Flower Hole—one of golf’s iconic holes

In a game filled with spectacular vistas and legendary courses, add the Flower Hole at SentryWorld to your list of golf’s must-see and must-experience holes.

Out on the final stretch of the SentryWorld® parkland course lies hole No. 16. The Flower Hole. Surrounded by 30,000 flowers and native grasses, it’s one of the most unique par 3s in the country.

SentryWorld Flower holeSo, how did the Flower Hole come to be?

While the course was under construction in the early 1980s, former Sentry® CEO John Joanis told course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. he wanted each of the course’s par-3 holes to be distinctive. He wanted to bring charm and excitement to the SentryWorld experience. He wanted the course to stand out.

With this directive in mind, Jones looked for inspiration. He recalled a trip to France, where he’d witnessed a sea of tulips planted behind a green—essentially a pond replaced with flowers. From that memory stemmed the idea of the Flower Hole, and nearly 40 years later, it’s as stunning as ever.

While the concept may have come from France, the parallels between the Flower Hole and the vibrant lilies, hibiscus, and roses of Maui are unmistakable. This is especially true on bright August mornings, when all of the course’s flowers are in peak bloom, their vivid hues standing out against the white sand bunkers and lush green fairways.

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