The “Valley Isle” is actually two islands created by two volcanoes and connected by a fertile isthmus. West Maui—formed by the Pu’u Kukui volcano—is remarkably different from South Maui, which is set at the base of the world’s largest dormant (not extinct) volcano—Haleakala (“House of the Sun”), which reaches over 10,000 feet to the sky.
Our Maui golf courses deliver a variety of course designs in four distinct regions of the island—Kapalua, the preeminent golf resort on the west side of Maui; the south side of Maui; The Dunes at Maui Lani in Wailuku at the hub of Maui—and—Pukalani in the invigorating upcountry.
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THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI Golf Course is centrally located in Wailuku and very close to Kahului (OGG) Airport, which makes it an ideal place for a first and/or last round on Maui (plus a few rounds in-between). Clearly, it is one of Hawaii’s most unique golf layouts. The late Robin Nelson crafted this 18-hole beauty as a tip-of-the-cap to Scottish links golf with an island flair. The terrain, inspired by prodigious sand dunes (in an area not adjacent to the ocean or beach), delivers an exhilarating golf experience. Throw in some dynamic elevation changes, water features and breezes—which require every club in the bag—and you’ll see why The Dunes is one of the most talked about Hawaii golf courses.
The following courses are accessible via our Packaged Golf on Maui Program and Kapalua Multi-Play Bundles:
The KAPALUA PLANTATION Course is a par 73, 7,411-yard track, which delivers a rather unique design by the team of Ben Crenshaw & Bill Coore. It is the site of the Hyundai Championship (the first weekend following the New Year’s holiday), which kicks off the PGA Tour with an elite field of the previous year’s Tour winners. Breathtaking vistas, substantial grade changes and massive greens are the attraction. Recent renovations have significantly improved the course. Tiff Eagle greens and tees are now found throughout the layout.
The KAPALUA BAY Course was crafted by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. The original Kapalua layout checks in at 6,600 yards/par-72 with gently rolling, ample fairways and substantial greens surrounded by villas, coconut and ironwood trees and ocean. The signature hole is the quirky par-4 at No. 4, which takes a wind-blown left dogleg at the ocean. It is followed by a stellar par-3 over ocean to a well-protected putting surface. Perhaps the best hole is the 16th with its host of interesting attributes, not the least of which is an uphill fairway split by a creek. Recent renovations have brought new putting surfaces and other improvements to this venerable layout.
PUKALANI Country Club is stunningly perched at the gateway to Maui’s upcountry in its namesake town. At about 600 feet above sea level on the downslope of Haleakala, the views are breathtaking and the golf is lots of fun. The 18-hole/19-green Bob Baldock layout is user-friendly, yet demanding at almost 6,900 yards from the tips. Why 19 greens? The par-3 at No. 3 offers two target greens. To the right, go across the barranca for a slightly uphill shot . To the left, shoot downhill to a sunken green. Nice touch!
THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI Golf Course (see above for description)
Editor’s note: To be perfectly frank, for most of this decade, there has not been much golf value on Maui. Yet, there are plenty of available tee times. As a result, we have prevailed upon a few wise golf operators to work with us to create a terrific group of courses you can play once each, or many times, for a memorable Maui golf adventure.
Please also note that since 2007, several resort courses have been shuttered on Maui—Kapalua Village (2007), Makena South (2008) and Makena GC aka Makena North (2013).
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