Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
With new races popping up weekly in cities around the world, the organizers of the Spartan Race are almost as busy as their race's runners. Almost. The grueling races range from the Spartan Sprint, which is a 5K with more than 15 obstacles, to the Ultra Beast, which is a marathon with more than 50 obstacles. Depending on the race, the obstacles may include mud pits, pugil sticks, or fire. To unite the sprawling operation, Spartan Race tracks racers' point totals on its online-standings page.
When the sun descends past the horizon of Kualoa Ranch, participants will strap on their headlamps and embark on a 5K run under a nearly full moon. The race trail follows the scenic, coastal terrain, and all participants receive an event T-shirt and headlamp. Post-race, runners can enjoy live music from a DJ and food and drinks from select vendors.