Perfect weather, stunning scenery, and an abundance of world-class golfing experiences… picking 10 of the best golfing destinations in Maui is no easy task, but ever your willing assistant, we’ve managed it. Whether you’re an amateur golfer looking for an ideal spot to hone your skills, or a semi-pro looking to test your abilities to their limit, you’re guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for on our round-up of the best-golfing experiences in Maui.
Offering breathtaking views over a sparkling sea, Pulkani is somewhere you’ll want to bring a camera, not just your golfing bag. The Bob Baldock designed course is as equally impressive as the resort’s views, featuring 19 greens in its 18-hole layout. Hole 3 will prove a challenge to even skilled golfers, while elsewhere you'll find that challenging but never punishing play that makes for an amazing game for any skill level.
9. Maui Nui
If you’re looking for a hugely enjoyable golfing experience, you’ll struggle to find better than Maui Nui. With generous fairways, excellent conditions, and some eminently affordable rates (it even rated #1 for value in Golf Advisor’s “Top 10 overall courses”), it’s got everything you need for a truly pleasurable day on Maui.
8. Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course at The Ka’anapali Resort
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course at The Ka’anapali Resort is a course that first put Maui on golfing maps all those years ago in 1962. Today, it’s still as popular as it ever was, offering 18 holes of uniquely challenging golfing that promises to put your skills and precision to the test. Throw in some stunning views over West Maui's mountains, and it’s easy to see the enduring appeal of this excellent range.
7. Kahili Golf Course
Designed by Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright, Kahili Golf Course has been voted “Top Golf Course You Can Play in Hawaii’ by Golf Magazine and “Best Golf Value on Maui 2017” by Golf Advisor - and it’s easy to see why. As well as offering some of the most stunning bi-coastal panoramas you’ll witness anywhere on Maui, this 6570-yard, par 72 course offers plenty of challenge and an equal amount of reward. If you want to get all you possibly can out of your visit, don’t miss out on a chance to take a few lessons with Kahili Golf Course's resident instructors- you’re guaranteed to leave with a better swing than you came in with.
6. The Bay Course at Kapalua
Stunning landscapes compete with spectacular views over the far-away island of Molokai on the excellent Bay Course at Kapalua. The Arnold Palmer signature course offers 7660 yards of challenging but rewarding golf... and it’s not just amateurs who think so. Over the years, The Bay Course at Kapalua has welcomed scores of professionals and played host to over 20 major profession tournaments. The 5th hole is undoubtedly a highlight, being the only hole on any course on Maui to play over the ocean.
5. The Dunes at Maui Lani
If you want to get your thinking cap on, head to The Dunes at Maui Lani. Its strenuous course is guaranteed to challenge even the most experienced of golfer, whilst still offering plenty of fun. As the only course in Hawaii built on naturally occurring dune terrain, The Dunes is a modern, forward-thinking course that takes full advantage of its natural setting…as well as offering a supremely affordable golfing experience for guests on a budget.
4. Ka'anapali Kai
An immensely fun experience awaits guests of The Ka'anapali Kai golf resort. Superbly playable (but no pushover), its course winds through 6,400 yards of well-manicured terrain that offers some stunning views over surrounding mountains and oceans. A well-stocked pro shop and a fabulous clubhouse (which is well worth a visit in its own right for its truly excellent food) complete its roundup of awesome features.
3. Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club
Sheltered from the kind of inclement weather that sometimes blights Maui’s more exposed resorts and courses, The Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club offers an amazing golfing experience year-round. Stretching over 7078 yards, its course offers plenty of challenges with strategically placed bunkers and lush roughs. With the well-respected Emerald Course and Old Blue Course also on-site, it makes a grand addition to your Maui golfing tour.
2. King Kamehameha Golf Club
The highly impressive King Kamehameha Golf Club may be one of the most expensive options in Maui, but there’s no doubting the quality of its play. The reviews on Golf Advisor are glowing, with one golfer summing up his visit with the praise: “This is a unique club. It starts with a long driveway up a mountain and ends at a Frank Lloyd Wright designed clubhouse. Definitely a high-end feel, but everyone is very down-to-earth and helpful. As a single on a weekday afternoon in early December, I managed to get around in 2.5 hours. The course is built on aside of a mountain, with majestic views, big elevation changes, and no flat lies. Greens, fairways, and rough were all in excellent condition; The bunkers were somewhat uneven in quality. I managed better on the back nine after I learned to go up about three clubs into elevated greens. A great challenge and good fun. Not cheap, but worth it as an experience.”
1. Plantation Course at Kapalua
If you want a challenge, don’t miss a visit to The Plantation Course at Kapalua. With elevation changes on almost every hole (including par 3) a few blind tee shots and carries over cavernous ravines, it’s the kind of golfing experience that will test the skill of even the most experienced golfer. Throw in some of the most magnificent views on Maui, and you’re unquestionably looking at one of the very best golfing experiences in Hawaii.
Written by Liz Flynn
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