The Plantation Golf Course at Kapalua
At 7,411 yards, The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort (75.6/140) delivers a par-73 design by the team of Ben Crenshaw & Bill Coore. It is the site of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (the first weekend following the New Year’s holiday), which kicks off the PGA Tour with an elite field of PGA TOUR winners from the previous year.
Substantial elevation changes, enormous greens and breathtaking vistas are the attraction. In fact, the views of Lanai and the awesome seaside cliffs of Molokai are quite eye-popping. Renovations have significantly improved the layout, with Tiff Eagle greens and tees now found throughout the course.
Be prepared for some fickle weather that is unlike just about any other golf course in Hawaii. Not uncommon is some rain and wind. But this dramatic golf course, with a little bit of the goofy, will command your attention for 18 holes.
The Bay Golf Course at Kapalua
The original Kapalua golf course, Bay is a 6,600-yard par 72 (72.1/136) with sizable greens and ample gently rolling fairways surrounded by villas, coconut & ironwood trees and the blue Pacific.
Its signature hole is the quirky par-4 at No. 4, which takes a wind-blown left dogleg at the ocean. It’s followed by a stellar par-3 over ocean to a well-protected putting surface. Perhaps the best hole is the 16th with a host of interesting attributes, not the least of which is an uphill fairway split by a creek.
Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane designed The Bay Course for its 1975 opening. Renovations in 2009 delivered new putting surfaces and other improvements to the venerable layout, which is both kinder and gentler than its sibling — The Plantation Course. That being said, it may well be a more pleasurable overall golf experience.
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Kahili Golf Course
Originally known as Sandalwood Golf Course when it opened in 1991, this Robin Nelson/Rodney Wright dazzler is a real find on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The challenging 6,554-yard design (72.3/135) is craftily integrated with the foothill terrain and takes advantage of tradewinds.
Dynamic par-3s and tough par-5s keep every golfer stimulated round after round. But the generally short par-4s, which play both into-the-wind and downwind, really keeps your head in the game.
Kahili is undermined and under-appreciated by not being a resort course or near the well-known resorts.
Pukalani Country Club
Perched in the cooler temperatures of the Maui upcountry on the lower slopes of Haleakula, Pukalani Country Club delivers spectacular views on a lush layout that’s friendly and forgiving, yet demanding from the tips.
The 18-hole/19-green 6,994-yard (72.8/119), design by Robert Earl Baldock and opened in 1981, is one of the best golf values in the state. The 3rd Hole presents golfers a choice of greens. One option plays all-carry over a deep ravine and usually into the wind. The other plays steeply downhill into a well bunkered, basin-like setting.
At 1,100-feet of elevation, Pukalani is Maui’s highest elevated course and well worth a few visits. And for a real treat, all apparel items in the pro shop sell at 50% off MSRP.