Maui and Lanai Course Reviews

By Clif Council, PGA

With 12 fabulous courses currently open, Maui and Lana’i are premier locations for golfers of every ability. And, each course has it’s own special qualities. With so many choices, and a limited stay and/or budget, which courses to play can become a difficult decision.

Every day we receive phone calls and e-mails asking for our recommendations. So, we’ve written reviews of each course with rates, pictures and layout maps to help you decide which courses are best for you. Click on the link under Rates to book your tee times online up to 30 days in advance. Then, when you arrive on Maui, stop by the Maui Golf Shop to pick up your Golf Vouchers.

MAUI
The Dunes • Maui Nui – Kihei • Kaanapali Royal • Kaanapali Kai • Kapalua Bay • Kapalua Plantation • Makena Private• The King Kamehameha Golf Club • Maui Country Club • Pukalani Country Club • Kahili Golf Club • Waiehu Municipal • Wailea Blue • Wailea Emerald • Wailea Gold

LANAI
Manele Bay Golf

OAHU
Turtle Bay Palmer & Fasio Courses

BIG ISLAND
Makalei (upper Kona)

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Our Picks for the Best Courses to Play
Which are the must-play courses? Which courses should you play if you’re on a budget? Which are the Pro’s favorites? Below are our recommendations in order of preference. Click on the name of the course to read our Review.

Pro’s Top Picks
1. Wailea Emerald
2. Kapalua Plantation
3. Wailea Gold
4. Kapalua Bay
5. Wailea Old Blue
6. The Dunes at Maui Lani
7. Kaanapali North
8. Maui Nui – Kihei

On a Budget? Best Courses Under $100 on Maui
Pukalani, Kahili, Maui Nui, The Dunes, call for rates 808-875-4653

Best Junior Rate
Kaanapali Kai, Wailea, Kahili GC
After 3pm, many courses allow juniors to play free with a paying adult.
Note: call for price of Winter junior rates

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The Dunes at Maui Lani

1333 Maui Lani Pkwy, Kahului, near airport area
Head Professional: Scott

Maui’s only links style course and already one of our must-plays! This interesting test of golf offers spectacular mountain and valley views of West Maui Mountains and Halelakala Volcano. The first couple of holes and the final ones are on the open plains exposed to the 15-20 mph tradewinds, but most are in the sandy dunes forest. These are some of the most interesting golfing holes in Hawaii.

This popular links course offers lots of options to the player as it has lots of scotland pot bunkers in key positions on each hole and around the greens, giving it a “Scottish feel” without the chill. You’ll enjoy this challenging course and the reasonable rates. The Dunes also offers one of Maui’s best target practice facilities with large greens.
Our favorite holes: 3, 4, 10, 14
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How to play every hole at The Dunes. Diagrams, yardage and pictures of every hole, plus The Pro’s recommendations and comments on playing each.

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Maui Nui Golf Club – Kihei, Maui

1345 Pi’ilani Highway, Kihei, near Maui Golf Shop

One of the Most improved course on Maui! One of Maui’s best resort/public values and still improving. Lots of good things happening at Maui Nui, was Elleair (formally Silversword for old timers). New owners have improved the golf course with new designs on several formally awkward holes. They have also added GPS for quick yardage and faster play. The driving range is much improved also and on grass. There are new carts and a friendly staff. The course is located in the heart of Kihei close to South Maui’s condos and Maui Golf Shop.

Great for average golfers but challenging from the back tees for better players. Is best played in the morning before the afternoon trades spring up.

Great twilight rate at 2 pm, if you book at Maui Golf Shop

Another excellent value is the Early Bird special at Maui Nui, before 7:30am get done by 11am to spend time with the family at the beach!

Our favorite holes: 4, 9, 15, 18

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AMENITIES
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Kaanapali Royal – North Course

Honoapi’ilani Highway, Kaanapali
Head Pro, Sutee Nitakorn, PGA professional

A long time favorite for West Side golfers, it has one of Maui’s few oceanfront holes, #14. This Robert Trent Jones classic design was Maui’s first resort golf course opening back in 1962. Kaanapali North hosted the World Cup in 1964 when Nicklaus and Palmer teamed up to win and shoot the course record 64. Surrounded by hotels and condos, this is a popular course for the Kaanapali visitors. Play early before the trades blow in and make the course more challenging. This course also hosted the Senior PGA event for 10 years. It’s famous for its demanding finishing holes with lots of water to navigate. Great finishing holes, 17 and 18 are real tests, over water, too. This year, Kaanapali renamed the North Course “The Royal Course” as it was when it first opened.

Our Favorite holes: 1, 5 ocean hole, 17, 18

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Kaanapali Kai

South Course
Honoapi’ilani Highway, Kaanapali
Head Pro, Sutee Nitakorn, PGA professional

The South Course was redesigned in 2005 with new greens and tee boxes and reopened in November of that year. This sporty resort course offers lots of challenge as it’s tight and shorter but fun. With its southern location in Kaanapali it can be windy on the North Course but calm on the South. Fun to play in the afternoon after a morning on Kaanapali’s white sand beach.
Our favorite holes: 4, 8, 12, 16

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AMENITIES
Pro Shop • Driving Range • Mango’s Grill & Bar Restaurant
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Kahili Golf Club

(next to King Kamehameha private course)
2500 Honoapi’ilani Hwy, Waikapu
Director of Golf: Scott Caroll,PGA

Uniquely positioned on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains facing Haleakala, each of the 18 holes received a makeover to improve conditions, enhance playability, and add to the magnificent views of the ocean and the mountains the location affords. New Tif Eagle greens, white sand bunkers, GPS equipped golf carts and a dramatic finish on the newly enhanced 18th hole are just part of Kahili’s upgrades. Reachable Par 5’s make this an exciting course to make a Eagle or two.

Kahili is a hillside course on the south slopes of the West Maui Mountains in the Waikapu area, near Maalaea Bay. Lots of interesting holes with lakes and views of the ocean and Haleakala. Short holes play into the tradewinds, which makes the course challenging, but keeps you cool. Affordable rates for golfers on a budget. Nice practice range. Next to the new King Kamaekama Country Club – One of Maui’s best values, Junior $50 with paying adults in winter- good for families in the summer as Junior are free with paying adults
Our favorite holes 3, 5, 10, 12

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AMENITIES
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Kapalua Bay Course

300 Kapalua Drive, Kapalua
Head Pro: Steve Sanchez, PGA

The Bay is Kapalua’s first course and was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Sean In 1975, and I was one of the first assistant pros. This course runs by the Ritz Carlton down to the ocean and offers some challenging golf on two short but tricky ocean holes when the trades are blowing. The back side is more sheltered from the wind and plays a little easier. The exception is the finishing holes… Hole 16 with a stream winding down the middle of the fairway makes the tee shot a little more of a decision with the wind blowing 20 mph into your face. 17 is a tough well-bunkered par 3 with a lake on the left for a long iron shot.

Most enjoy playing golf on the Kapalua Bay because of the ocean holes. Lava flowing into the sea created Kapalua which means “Arms embracing the Sea.” Mid day special when booked with Maui Golf Shop.

Our favorite holes: 4, 5, 16, 18: The Bay Course has receently renovated all the greens so is in great shape. Best played best at 11am to for the best weather conditions.

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AMENITIES
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Kapalua Plantation Course

300 Kapalua Drive, Kapalua, mile past the Bay
Head Professional: Micheal Castillo, PGA

This is course is consided most spectacular golf courses on Maui. Awesome ocean views. It has the widest fairways and largest greens but plays tight due to the elevation changes, sloping fairways and strong trades that challenge you on every hole. Bring a few extra balls as the waist high rough eats golf balls.

The par 73, should be 77 even for pros playing the first time! Remember to play safe whenever possible as most short and wild shots turn into lost balls. Big sloping greens make for challenging 2 putts, 3 putting is possible on every hole!
The SBS Tour Championship is played here in January with the opening of the PGA Tour season when the best in the world come to challenge one of Maui’s best courses. This courses is best played mid morning 11am for best playing conditions.
Our favorite holes: 1, 5, 13, 17, 18

A MUST PLAY FOR VISITING GOLFERS!

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AMENITIES
Pro Shop • Driving Range • Plantation House Restaurant
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Pukalani Country Club

360 Pukalani St., Pukalani
General Manager: Ron Huffman, PGA

Maui’s only Upcountry course is 1,100 feet up the cool slopes of Haleakala, and one hour from the Crater. It’s an enjoyable course for a budget golfer. The course is tree-lined with thick lush country grass in the fairways. Your ball sits up nice and high for easy approach shots. Only course in Hawaii with no fairway bunkers for easy driving, but lots of nice mature Norfolk pines. It’s 5 degrees cooler up country and less humid than the coastal areas. A fun course, but best to play before 11am as the tradewinds blow in the afternoon. Pukalani means “Hole in the Sky.”

GOLF LESSONS & PLAYING LESSONS at Pukalani CC, lessons available call Clif Council, PGA teaching professional at 808-264-2350 cell – need a Tune up? $50 half hour fee, I will help your game! I have 35 years experience with beginners to advanced golfers.

I live on the course so lessons can be made at 8-9 for best morning conditions.

Our favorite holes 2, 8, 13, 18

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AMENITIES
Pro Shop • Lighted Driving Range
Pukalani Country Club Restaurant • Showers & Lockers

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Waiehu Municipal

P.O. Box 507, Wailuku
Call County of Maui

We call this course Maui’s poor man’s “Pebble Beach.” Play on the Maui Pacific Coastline for just $45 weekdays and $60 weekends with a $20 cart fee for 2. Walking is permitted for the traditionalist. This county Muni Is busy and it’s hard to get a starting time in peak season. Lower front nine basically flat and three holes border the ocean with a tough long par three that is elevated. Back nine has several shorter par fours that are on the cliffs above. Unless you’re in great shape, take a cart on the back nine, Hilly. Fun short course that’s in good shape now and priced within most budgets at $70 per person with cart. Call ahead for tee times from County, 808 243-7400 .Very Busy, Course, 6 somes and walking permitted, greens are not in good shape
Our favorite holes 5, 7, 14, 17

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AMENITIES
Pro Shop • Driving Range • Waiehu Inn Restaurant

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Wailea Blue Course

New shop location: across the street from the Shops of Wailea
General Manager: Barry Helle

The Wailea Blue was the second resort course on Maui, built in 1972, and it’s still one of Maui’s most popular resort courses. It’s close to the Wailea hotels and new Wailea Shops making this a favorite for visitors looking for a fun golf experience in Hawaii. Its wide green fairways and large greens make for enjoyable golfing for all. Most players have their best scores on the Blue as it’s user friendly. The calm warm weather makes golf more enjoyable

Try our “You golf and she does the Spa package” at the Grande in Wailea Grand hotel across the street from Pro Shop.
Our favorite holes 4, 8, 11, 13, we recommend this course, good resort value

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AMENITIES
Pro Shop • Driving Range • Mulligans on the Blue Restaurant
Showers & Lockers • Snack Bar at 8th Hole • Valet Service

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Wailea Emerald Course

100 Wailea Golf Club Drive
Dir. of Golf: Marcus Judge, PGA

A MUST PLAY RESORT COURSE!

The pretty sister to the Gold Course. Voted by Golf Digest “most friendly for ladies” but the back tees are no pushover. The name Wailea Emerald describes the great course conditions and color of the course. The Emerald is a very nice tropical resort course for couples. Lots of short fun holes and reachable par 5’s… birdies are probable for better players. Enjoy the amenities of Wailea’s practice facilities with one of the better target ranges and chipping areas in Hawaii.
Our favorite holes 6, 9, 10, 18, very popular course and enjoyable for shorter hitters

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AMENITIES
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Wailea Gold Course

100 Wailea Golf Club Drive
Dir. of Golf: Marcus Judge, PGA

A MUST PLAY –

The flagship of the Wailea resort courses. This was the home of Senior Skins Game and the Ladies Skins in January. Wailea is known for this warm calm weather, great course conditions and ocean vistas. The Gold is the most demanding of the three courses and has lots of outstanding golf holes. One hundred and twenty eight white sand bunkers protect the lush fairways and fast greens. We would recommend the Gold as one of the better resort courses on Maui. A must play. Excellent practice facility with target range and three chipping and putting areas.
Our favorite holes 7, 8, 14, 18-

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AMENITIES
Pro Shop • Driving Range • Gannon’s Restaurant
GPS on Carts • Showers & Lockers • Snack Cart

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