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Maui Golf Courses

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Maui is a premier destination for golf with more than a dozen courses in superb settings where players can match their skills against the ingenuity of legendary golf course designers.

Maui has two distinct areas where the bulk of the accommodations and golf resorts are situated.

Home to historic Lahaina town, once the whaling capital of the Pacific and former capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, West Maui offers 72 holes of excellent golf at two major resort areas - the Kaʻanapali Beach Resort and the Kapalua Resort. Of the two Kaʻanapali offers the most predictable weather where Kapalua can experience both high wind and rain.

Protected from most rain and wind by Haleakala mountain, South Maui is home to two resorts areas - Wailea and Makena.

The other four Maui courses accessible to visitors are located between Pukalani and Wailuku including Maui's excellent Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, which overlooks Kahului Bay.

Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course:

1333 Maui Lani Parkway
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 873-0422

Type: Public
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6841
Par: 72
Rating: 73.5
website

The Dunes at Maui Lani has been compared to Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry Ireland and is the closest a golfer can get to playing a links course in Hawaii.

The Dunes at Maui Lani features five pot bunkers, two of them at the par-5 18th hole. Golf Digest calls it "One of the "Five Best Kept Secret Golf Courses in America." Golf Magazine named it among the top 35 best new courses in America.

Elleair Maui Golf Club:

1345 Piilani Hwy.
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 874-0777

Type: Public
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6801
Par: 71
Rating: 73.2
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Ample fairways and large greens are a trademark of the Elleair Maui Golf Club. The course also features undulating topography, prevailing winds from every angle, and some of the best views on Maui.

Opened in 1987, the course is undergoing a complete revitalization that includes: a more golfer-friendly and inviting course design and layout for the visitor; a completely revamped pro shop featuring upscale logo wear and brand names; an all-new fleet of golf carts; updated driving range and teaching facilities; on-cart video GPS yardage and cart-tracking systems; and a modernized starter's and reception area.

Kaʻanapali Golf Resort - North Course, Royal Kaʻanapali:

2290 Kaʻanapali Pkwy.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-3691
(866) 454-GOLF (4653)

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6693
Par: 71
Rating: 71.8
website

The Royal Kaʻanapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, opened in 1962 and has tested the skills of professional and amateur golfers.

Known as the "Tournament Course" it has hosted nearly 20 LPGA and Senior PGA Tour events. The Royal Course combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it distinctive, demanding and exciting, hole to hole.

The resort underwent a $13 million renovation in 2005-2006 and was given a 4.5-star rating (out of five) by Golf Digest in the magazine's "Best Places to Play" guide. Kaʻanapali was selected by The Golf Channel to host Big Break Kaʻanapali that aired in 2008.

Kaʻanapali Golf Resort - South Course, Kaʻanapali Kai:

2290 Kaʻanapali Pkwy.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-3691
(866) 454-GOLF (4653)

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6388
Par: 70
Rating: 70.7
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Following a major redesign in 2005 by Robin Nelson, Hawaii's most prolific course designer, the Kaʻanapali Kai course is a course all golfers can enjoy. Nelson's redesign includes total remakes of several holes to accentuate views of the ocean and the islands of Molokai and Lanaʻi.

For the advanced player it can be a perfect warm-up round to acclimate to Maui's finicky trade winds. For the occasional golfer it delivers all the golf they can handle due to its more-tapered fairways. Nelson also introduced two new forward tees on each hole that appeal to those new to the game. The renovated layout also takes advantage of the course's canals, lava rock formations, and gullies.

Kahili Golf Course:

2500 Honoapiilani Hwy.
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 242-4653
(808)242-GOLF (4653)

Type: Public
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6570
Par: 72
Rating: 70.6
website

First opened in 1991 as the Grand Waikapu Country Club, Kahili Golf Course's hillside location offers great views of Kahului Harbor and Maalea Bay to the south.

Short, accurate club selection are a must at the tightest tree-lined fairways on Maui. The prevailing trade winds are the dominate characteristic at this course which is a favorite for both locals and visitors alike. The course features great par-3's and relatively short par-4's.

Kapalua - Bay Course:

300 Kapalua Dr.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 669-8044
(877) 527-2582

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6600
Par: 72
Rating: 72.1
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The older of the two current Kapalua Resort courses, the Bay Course offers a distinct contrast to the sweeping vistas and constantly changing elevations of the nearby Kapalua Plantation Course.

Designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane and opened in 1975, the Bay Course typifies what many golfers expect to find in a Hawaii golf experience. Two seaside holes are found at No. 4 and 5. The 5th hole, an inspiring cliffside par-3, defines the name "Kapalua," or "arms embracing the sea," as it caresses a small inlet of crashing surf. The 16th hole, with a carry over a pond to a crafty split fairway, is one of Hawaii's best par-4s.

Many of the other 15 holes offer pleasing views of the ocean and Molokai just across the Pailolo Channel and the surrounding collection of condominiums are hardly noticed, a compliment to the inherent beauty of this course.

Kapalua - Plantation Course:

2000 Plantation Club Dr.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 669-8044
(877) 527-2582

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 7263
Par: 73
Rating: 74.9
website

The Kapalua Plantation Course was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, hailed as the best layout in the state of Hawaii. The course is home to the PGA's SBS Championship, the first official tournament of the season.

Perched along the seaside slopes of the West Maui mountains with wonderful views of the islands of Molokai and Lanai, a strong wind plays a factor on many holes. The course features one of the longest holes in golf, the downhill par-5 18th measuring 663 yards from the championship tees.

King Kamehameha Golf Club:

2500 Honoapiilani Highway
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793
(808) 249-2544

Type: Private - but offers "member for a day" program
Holes: 18
Yardage: 7,060
Par: 72
Rating: NA
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The King Kamehameha Golf Club, is Maui's only 18-hole private golf course, however, the club invites you to be a "Member for a Day" for $180 per person which includes Golf and Lunch (limited tee times available daily).

After golf, you can enjoy the Frank Lloyd Wright designed clubhouse, men and women's luxurious spas, locker rooms, and fitness rooms.

Makena Golf Course:

5415 Makena Alanui
Makena, HI 96753
(808) 891-4000
(800) 368-8444

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6,914
Par: 72
Rating: 73.6
website

The Makena North Course is an 18-hole resort course, par 72, 6914 yards. Opened in 1993 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course tracks along ancient Hawaiian rock walls and offers a more mountainous layout, combining magnificent views with strategic and challenging golf. Golf Digest lists Makena as one of the 75 best golf resorts in North America and one of the top ten courses in Hawaii.

The Makena South Course was closed in May 2008, for deferred maintenance and renovation under the direction of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The closure was anticipated to last twelve to eighteen months, but as of March 2010, the course remains closed. Plans were to open 9 holes with two new ocean holes in early 2010.

Pukalani Country Club:

360 Pukalani St.
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-1314

Type: Public
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6882
Par: 72
Rating: 72.9
website

Built in 1980, the Pukalani Country Club is located smack in Upcountry Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. At 1,100 feet it is one of the highest-elevation courses in Hawaii. At Pukalani, which in Hawaiian means "Entrance to Heaven", the air is often so cool that a sweater is a must.

Excellent design elements are incorporated into this little known course. Pukalani's 18 holes were designed by golf course architect Bob Baldock who designed more than 69 public and private golf courses throughout the United States.

Waiehu Golf Course:

200 Halewaiu Rd.
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 270-7400

Type: Municipal
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6,330
Par: 72
Rating: 69.8
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The Waiehu Golf Course is one of Hawaii's top municipal courses. The first nine holes were laid out in 1930 and rest of the course came 33 years later. It's almost like playing two different courses in one. The original nine run along the shoreline. The back nine are mountain holes, tough and windy.

Fees are among the lowest in the state at $40 weekdays and $45 weekends with a $16 cart fee for 2. Waiehu Golf Course hosted the 1996 USGA Amateur Links Championship.

Wailea - Gold Course:

100 Wailea Golf Club Dr.
Wailea, HI 96753
(808) 875-7450
(888) 328-MAUI

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 7078
Par: 72
Rating: 73.4
website

The home course of The Champions Skins Game from 2001 to 2007, the Gold Course is the most challenging of Wailea's three courses with an emphasis on accuracy rather than length.

Created by architect Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold Course was honored by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the country's ten best new resort courses when it opened in 1994 and it continues to receive rave reviews.

The course winds its way among lava rock outcroppings, between Kiawe and Wiliwili trees, through roughs of indigenous grasses, and past ancient rock walls preserved for their historic significance.

Wailea - Emerald Course:

100 Wailea Golf Club Dr.
Waileia, HI 96753
(808) 875-7450
(888) 328-MAUI

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6825
Par: 72
Rating: 71.7
website

The Wailea Emerald Course requires attention to distance and elevation but offers generous landing areas. One of its most notable features is a double green on holes 10 and 17, one of few in Hawaii.

This course is alive with tropical blossoms in rainbow hues. Designed for pure enjoyment by architect Robert Trent Jones II, the course affords panoramic views of offshore islands Molokini, Kahoʻolawe and Lanaʻi.

It shares dozens of prestigious golf and travel awards with its sister layouts. Golf for Women Magazine first granted the Wailea Golf Club a "Top Fairways Award" for the country's most women-friendly golf clubs, an honor that Wailea has won many times.

Wailea - Old Blue Course:

120 Kaukai St.
Wailea, HI 96753
(808) 879-2530
(888) 328-MAUI

Type: Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6397
Par: 72
Rating: 70.3
website

The oldest of Wailea Golf Club's three courses and the first thing built in Wailea, the Old Blue Course is located in the lower slopes of Haleakala, usually protected from high winds and rain.

The "Grand Lady of Wailea" was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, play meanders amidst multi-million dollar homes and upscale condominiums. The Wailea Blue is marked by open fairways and challenging greens. This is a true resort course, with trickling fountains, serene lakes and wide fairways. Like her sister courses, the Blue Course offers panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, the volcanic slopes of Haleakala and of Maui's offshore islands.

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