Great Golf on Maui

Although Maui is known as the windsurfing capital of the world, the golfing here is actually quite incredible. You do need to mind the wind, though, which means you're better off golfing in the morning since the winds tend to kick up in the afternoon. Up in Kapalua at the Kapalua Plantation Course you will find what most regard as the toughest course in Hawaii. The fact that the PGA's Mercedes Championships are held here is a testament to the course's challenge. Down south you also have some beautiful courses with the Gold, Emerald and Blue courses in Wailea. Typically, if you are staying in the same resort area that the course is located in, you can get a discount on the greens fees through the property you have booked; ask your travel agent for details.

Waiehu Municipal Golf Course

Address : 200 Halewai View Rd. Wailuku
Phone number :
808-244-5934

Fees : $30
Par : 72

Yards : 6,330
Slope : 111

Waiehu Municipal Golf Course located in Wailuku on Maui

Waiehu Golf Course's 18-holes overlook a stunning tourmaline blue sea, with the famous Waihe Reef in sight just offshore. Entering from Lower Waiehu Beach Road, one sees the clubhouse complex complete with restaurant, golf cart rentals, pro shop and registration office.

Sharing the beachfront with Waiehu Beach Park, beautiful white sand beckons from below the 6th, 7th and 8th holes on the makai side. Waiehu Golf Course hosted the 1996 USGA Amateur Links Championship, and several local leagues regularly hold events there.

The 174-plus acres are located between the towns of Waihe and Waiehu and are easily accessible from Kahekili Highway (34) from both North and South.

Pukalani Country Club

Address : 360 Pukalani St. Pukalani
Phone number :
808-572-1314

Fees : $68
Par : 72

Yards : 6,476
Slope : 128

Set in the rolling hillsides of "up-country" Maui, Pukalani Country Club overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the Valley Isle of Maui from 1,100 foot level of Haleakala, an extinct volcano whose name in Hawaiian means "House of the Rising Sun".

Pukalani's 18 holes were designed by golf course architect Bob Balddock, and they cover nearly 160 acres. Built in 1970, the course is 6,962 yards long from the championship tees, plays to a par 72, and features 19 greens in its 18 hole layout!

Elleair Maui Golf Course

Address : 1345 Piilani Hwy. Kihei
Phone number :
808-874-0777

Fees : $100
Par : 71

Yards : 6,404
Slope : n/a

Located on Maui's beautiful southern shore, the course opened in 1987 but 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, such as Lacoste; an all-new fleet of golf carts; updated driving range and teaching facilities; ice-filled coolers (with complimentary water) on every cart; on-cart video GPS yardage and cart-tracking systems; and a modernized starter's and receptions area.

Dunes at Maui Lani

Address : 1333 Maui Lani Parkway. Kahului
Phone number :
808-873-0422

Fees : $100
Par : 72

Yards : 5,833
Slope : 136

Dunes at Maui Lani located in Kahalui on Maui

The Dunes at Maui Lani is an exciting links-like course. Its holes and fairways are similar to the courses of Scotland and England.

It is a most challenging course with holes laid out through sand dunes and around traps guarding lush greens. Like many classic links courses, the front nine heads out, and the back nine heads in.

According to Nelson, "Anyone who has seen Ballybunion, Wild Dunes, or Shinnecock Hills will recognize a similar look and feel at The Dunes."

North Course at Makena Golf Club

Address : 5415 Makena Alanui. Makena
Phone number :
808-879-3344

Fees : $110
Par : 72

Yards : 6,914
Slope : 139

North Course at Makena Golf Course located in Makena on Maui

If you enjoy the peaceful escape the Makena Golf Course provides, then you'll love the addition of the new North Course, another 18-holes of championship golf designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Opened in 1993, the North Course goes out of its way to make golfers feel at one with their natural surroundings.

There are no distractions on this course-unless you considered the unobstructed views of the blue pacific, neighboring islands, and humpback whales breaching during whale season to be a bit distracting.

In fact, to make it feel more like a nature walk and less like a golf course, even cart paths on the North Course are tucked away and hidden from view. You will have some obstacles to overcome, however. And as an added bonus to save golfers some time looking for lost balls, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed most fairway so that everything slopes back towards the center.

South Course at Makena Golf Club

Address : 5415 Makena Alanui Makena
Phone number :
808-879-3344

Fees : $110
Par : 72

Yards : 7,017
Slope : 138

South Course at Makena Golf Club located in Makena on Maui

The firm, well-undulated greens, and narrow fairways provide a challenge, while the ocean views are the perfect aesthetic compliment. The South Course has become a favorite of many golfers due to its more open layout featuring three oceanside holes.

One of the most stunning is #15, a 188-yard, par 3, which offers gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean from the elevated tee. The South Course was voted the 10th "Best in State" course in 1995-96, and 14th in 1997-98.

Sandalwood Golf Course

Address : 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy. Waikapu
Phone number :
920-826-7770

Fees : $126
Par : 72

Yards : 6,064
Slope : 116

Nestled upon the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, Sandalwood offers guests spectacular panoramic views of the Valley Isle. A popular choice for both visiting and local golfers, Sandalwood plays host to numerous Maui and State-wide tournaments throughout the year.

It is located conveniently located in Waikapu, a mere twelve-minute drive from Kahului Airport, twenty-five minutes from Wailea, and thirty-five minutes from Kaanapaii.

Course architects, Nelson and Wright, designed this 72 par course, complete with a driving range, practice and putting greens, a two-level clubhouse that includes a Pro Shop, full restaurant and banquet room, and a cart barn with guest locker room facilities. A continuous cart path runs throughout the course and a roving beverage cart provides refreshments daily.

Kaanapali Golf Courses Tournament North Course

Address : 2290 Kaanapali Pkwy. Lahaina
Phone number :
808-661-3691

Fees : $140
Par : 71

Yards : 6,994
Slope : 134

Kaanapali Golf Courses Tournament N. Course located in Kaanapali on Maui

The Tournament North Course opened its lush fairways in 1962 and is one of only two courses in all of Hawaii designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The architect took advantage of the rolling landscape to create gently sloping fairways and large contoured greens to ensure a challenging approach to each hole.

Stretching 6,700 yards, this par 71 course will challenge your club selection and putting skills. The Tournament course begins at sea level with a par 5 hole extending 550 yards. The course hugs the shoreline before winding its way to the West Maui Mountain foothills.

Kaanapali Golf Courses Resort South Course

Address : 2290 Kaanapali Parkway. Lahaina
Phone number :
808-661-3691

Fees : $140
Par : 71

Yards : 6,600
Slope : 126

Kaanapali Golf Courses Resort South Course in Kaanapali on Maui

The Resort South Course was originally created as an executive course and was later redesigned by architect Arthur Jack Snyder in 1976. At 6,400 yards, the Par 70 course is a more forgiving golf course with subtle, undulating greens that accomodates all levels of play.

The land which Kaanapali Golf Courses was founded, originally housed a sugar cane plantation. Players will see the Sugar Cane Train steam past several holes on the course (now used for tours) and are reminded of Hawaii's rich culture and history. Along many holes on the Resort course lie natural canals, gulches and lava rock boundaries.

The course is landscaped with native flowers along the trails like the hibiscus, bougainvillea and plumeria, as well as the Norfolk Pines and coconut trees that border many fairways. These features are part of what makes the course most enjoyable.

The Resort South Course was recently renovated by Hawaii's most prolific golf course architect, Robin Nelson. This course focuses on strategy of your round, not necessarily distance or strength, which is why this course is enjoyed by both the beginner and avid golfer.

Wailea Golf Course The Blue Course

Address : 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Wailea
Phone number :
888-328-6284

Fees : $160
Par : 72

Yards : 6,758
Slope : 130

The Blue Coures located in Wailea on Maui

Dominating Maui's skyline is the majestic 10,023-foot dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala. Meandering across her lower foothills are the pristine fairways of the Wailea Blue Course.

Stretching 6,765 yards from its tips, this classic Arthur Jack Snyder beauty has charmed her way into the heart of many a Wailea golfer. With cooling fountains, serene lakes, exotic blossoms and coral sand bunkers, the Blue is a true Hawaiian resort course.

Her immaculate fairways are woven through the resort, offering a picturesque "tour" of Wailea, with spectacular views of the azure ocean and dramatic volcanic slopes. Her graceful design and generous fairways offer a pleasing repast for "weekend" golfers, but elevation changes and strategically placed hazards have tested some of the best professional players.

Like Wailea's other courses, ocean vistas are to be found at every hole. In fact, years back when the LPGA Women's Kemper Open was played here, tournament officials had to admonish some of the competitors for slow play.

Turns out the pros were dallying at the 12th hole to do a little whale watching.

Kapalua Golf Club The Bay Course

Address : 300 Kapalua Dr. Lahaina
Phone number :
877-527-2582

Fees : $180
Par : 72

Yards : 6,761
Slope : 138

Kapalua Bay Club The Bay Course located in Kapalua on Maui

The Bay Course measures 6,761 yards from the championship tees and 6,151 from the regular men's tees, with four par threes, 10 par fours and four par fives for a par-72 total.

The front nine holes begin behind the Kapalua Bay Hotel and meander uphill before turning down to the ocean at Oneloa Bay, then uphill again and back down.

The back nine holes run up to Pineapple Hill, down toward the bay, back up around a small lake and down to the clubhouse. Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Islands of Lanai and Molokai from nearly every hole can be distracting but quite pleasing to golfers.

In addition to a great championship golf course, Kapalua Bay has one of the best pro shops in the nation. It is rated by Golf Digest's Golf Shop Operations as one of "America's 100 best." This is a direct reflection on Gary Planos, who was named PGA Aloha Section's "Merchandiser of the Year" for 1987, 1988, 1989 and even won the national PGA competition in 1988. Planos operates separate pro shops at each of Kapalua resort's courses.

Kapalua Golf Club The Village Course

Address : 300 Kapalua Dr. Lahaina
Phone number :
877-527-2582

Fees : $180
Par : 72

Yards : 6,611
Slope : 139

The Village Course measures 6,611 from the championship tees or 5,981 from the regular men's tees. There are four par threes, 11 par fours, and only three par fives on the par-71 course. There also are two lakes creating water hazards on three holes.

Tournaments held on the Village Course include the Maui Open and the Aloha Section Hall of Fame Championship and Pro-Am.

The facilities at Kapalua Village include the Village Cafe restaurant, a snack shop on the course (where holes 7, 8, 14 and 15 meet), and a fully- stocked pro shop where golf clubs and powered golf cars can be rented.

Golf cars are required on the course. Resort guests have priority for tee time reservations, which are required.

Wailea Golf Club The Gold Course

Address : 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Wailea
Phone number :
888-328-6284

Fees : $190
Par : 72

Yards : 7,078
Slope : 139

The Gold Course located in Wailea on Maui

The home course of The Champions Skins Game, the 7,078-yard Wailea Gold is the most challenging of Wailea's trio, with a rugged and masterful design that takes advantage of the terrain's natural undulations. But four to six tee boxes on every hole also make it a suitable track for virtually every player.

Created by architect Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold 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. It has also been recognized by the Maui Historical Society for its preservation of prehistoric lava rock walls during construction, and hailed as one of the world's best designed courses by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in the magazine's first golf resorts poll.

Called a thinking player's course, the Gold offers a true test of one's golf skills. But the most difficult hazards on it are the distracting island views. In one round, you can enjoy spectacular vistas of the ocean, Molokini islet, ancient lava rock walls, coconut trees and sparkling white bunkers.

Wailea Golf Club The Emerald Course

Address : 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Wailea
Phone number :
888-328-6284

Fees : $190
Par : 72

Yards : 6,825
Slope : 130

The Emerald Course located in Wailea on Maui

Designed to be fun for practically every player, the 6,825-yard Wailea Emerald Course was one reason 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 seven times.

The Emerald delights players with its carpet-like fairways, colorful foliage, and numerous vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Haleakala. Relatively few forced carries and kinder fairways are ideal for players who view golf as an enjoyable form of recreation rather than a grueling test of concentration and precision.

For players seeking a greater challenge, four to six tee boxes on every hole allow them to tailor the course to their skill level.

One of the more unusual features of the Emerald Course is the double green shared by holes #10 and #17. The green borders a 2.7 million gallon brackish water lake and is one of the most picturesque spots on the course.

Kapalua Plantation Course

Address : 300 Kapalua Dr.
Phone number :
877-527-2582

Fees : $225
Par : 73

Yards : 7,411
Slope : 142

Looking for a challenge? The par 73, 7,411-yard Plantation Course is the course of the champions, site of the PGA TOUR Mercedes Championships each January featuring an elite field of previous year's PGA TOUR winners. The field has included such golf greats as Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and more.

The grand scale of the course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore unfurls across natural geographic formations and pineapple plantation fields that take your breath away.

***Note: We have attempted to provide accurate green fees, but prices can change. Please check with the golf courses directly for pricing.

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