Hawaii Guide


Maui's Golf Courses

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Maui golf courses are among some of the finest and most beautiful you will ever experience. This section breaks down the Island of Maui down into regions and gives listings and descriptions of the golf courses that are most popular to that area.

West Maui Courses:

There are three courses on the Kapalua Resort: The Bay Course, The Village Course and The Plantation Course which host the PGA TOUR's Mercedes Championship every year in January. Each of these have their own unique characteristics and have been tweaked to accommodate players of all skills, from novice to pro. An added bonus that comes with playing on these fairways is that help is never far off with the Kapalua Golf Academy being moments away. This coaching centre has time and time again been listed as one of the best golf leaning centres in the country. The Bay Golf Course is a 6600 yard course with a par 72 rating. This course requires shots over the ocean, has creeks cutting through it and has a signature hole that extends onto a panoramic lava isthmus. Facilities include a pro golf shop, separate putting green and driving range and the opportunity for PGA professional golf instruction.

The Village Course is slightly bigger sitting at 6632 yards with a lower par rating of 71. A player has to deal with a number of bends and turns as well as numerous dips and rises as the course incorporates the Maui foothills. Facilities include a pro golf shop, separate putting green and driving range and the opportunity for PGA professional golf instruction.

The Plantation Golf Course Maui is the largest of the three at the Kapalua Resort stretching an incredible 7263 yards with a 73 par rating. Players tackling this course will come face to face with canyons, rolling plateaus and beautifully manicured fairways. The wind conditions here are slightly stronger which gives the course a unique playing aspect. The course has access to the same facilities as the other two.

The Kaanapali Golf Course is composed of to separate courses: The North and the South. Both are considered to be noticeably flatter and slightly blander than those at Kapalua. There is also considerably less wind presence which makes play a lot more tolerable and leisurely game.

South Island Courses:

The south of the island has some of the best weather, and has amazing views of Maui's Molokini Crater. The shared opinion is that if you only get a chance to play golf once on your vacation then stick to this region of the island. Makena is home to two pristine Maui golf courses: the South Course and the North Course. The South Course is the more relaxed of the two, with the North Course being a favourite for the more experienced and serious players with faster greens with more challenging gradients. Metal Spikes are not permitted on either of these two courses.

Next up is the Wailea Golf Club that houses the incredible Blue, Emerald and Gold Courses. These have got to be some of the best groomed courses on the Island. Unlike the Makena courses, these have fewer perils incorporated into their design making for a more relaxed game. The Emerald is the wider of the two and has stunning views of Puu Olai. Visitors have characterized the Emerald as "women friendly."
The Gold Golf Course only has one small water hazard and one or two slightly challenging lava embankments. There is also a VERY sandy hole 11 that often gets players a little hot under the collar.

Central Island Courses

First up is the underrated Dunes at Maui Lani which is more inland than most of the courses on the island. A lot of thought has gone into the design the result being a unique course with a character of its own. As the name would suggest, this golf course is not short of sand hazards making a strikingly beautiful challenge to those who play on her.

The Waiehu Municipal course is surprisingly upbeat with only a few bunkers round the green areas. However in recent times this course has grown in popularity largely due to its reasonable green fees and good upkeep so some might find that it might be slightly too crowded for their liking. With steady winds and picturesque mountain scenes this course is a real treat!

NB: fees are often less for resort guests and during twilight hours.