7 Essential Courses on Maui’s Golf Coast

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It’s no accident that Maui is one of the world’s top golf destinations. For years, the island’s easy access, luxurious resorts, and top-level courses have enticed golfers from all over to enjoy a few rounds in paradise. You’ll find no fewer than seven championship courses along Maui’s Golf Coast, each one the embodiment of every golfer’s tropical fantasy, with creative, challenging holes and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Wailea

Located on Maui’s sunny south shore, The Wailea Golf Resort is Hawaii’s largest, with 54 spectacular holes lining the pristine coastline. Yet while the Blue Course, Emerald Course, and Gold Course all offer lovingly maintained greens and abundant natural beauty, each offers a unique experience.

Designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, the Blue Course is Wailea’s original, a quintessential resort course with phenomenal views. The Emerald Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is a user-friendly course characterized by lush landscaping and sprawling bunkers. And Wailea’s Gold Course—also by Robert Trent Jones Jr.—is a feast for the eyes as well as a wonderful test of golf that hosted the Wendy’s Champions Skins Game for years. Coupled with a phenomenal learning center, deluxe accommodations, and impeccable service, it’s clear why Wailea draws golfers from around the world.

Advance reservations can be made up to 30 days by phone and 45 days online at waileagolf.com. For general information and tee times call (888) 328-MAUI or (808) 875-7450, or visit www.waileagolf.com.

Ka’anapali

No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Ka’anapali. This 1,200 acre resort on West Maui features a three mile long golden sand beach with endless opportunities for water sports, as well as luxe accommodations, fantastic restaurants, and upscale shopping. Hawaii’s first planned golf resort, Ka’anapali debuted in the ’60s with the opening of the Royal Ka’anapali Course. Designed by the legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., this classic course offers scenic beachfront holes and large contoured greens, and has hosted prominent events on both the LPGA and Champions Tour. Its sister course, Kaʻanapali Kai, offers an approachable complement to the more rigorous tournament course, boasting picture-postcard views of the islands of Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi from its higher elevations.

For reservations and information, call Ka’anapali Golf Courses at (866) 454-4653 or (808) 661-3691, or visit www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com/golf.

Kapalua

Further along the northwest shore of Maui, the Kapalua resort spans 22,000 acres from the mountains to the sea, offering a pristine environment with natural beauty at every turn. At its upper elevations, the Pu’u Kukui Preserve protects some of the rarest plants and bird species in the world, while along the coast, Honolua and Mokuleia Bays are Marine Life Conservation Districts. Even the golf courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane, the Bay Course is Kapalua’s original,. With its multiple teeing areas, generous fairways, and friendly greens, this thrilling course is popular with golfers of all skill levels.

For those who live and breathe golf, Kapalua’s Plantation Course is simply not to be missed.Ranked the #1 course in Hawaii by Golfweek, the Bill Coore / Ben Crenshaw design sprawls over 700 manicured acres, with wide fairways and large, undulating greens. Dramatic elevation changes add to the challenge and allow for spectacular views of the Pacific and the neighboring islands. Kapalua has hosted the PGA Tour at the Tournament of Champions since 1999, and the best professional golfers in the world have competed here in 39 tournaments over the years.

Not quite ready to challenge the pros? Take your skills to the next level at Kapalua Golf Academy, a comprehensive learning center complete with digital video analysis, two practice greens, a large practice range with nine sets of tees, and an 18-hole putting course. Your Mastercard can make it easy to raise your game at Kapalua, with Priceless Experiences such as a private golf lesson with video analysis, a sunset nine on the Bay Course, and more.

Check out www.priceless.com/en-us/hawaii/play.html, visit GolfatKapalua.com, or call 877-Kapalua.

  • Wailea Golf Club

    100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 96753-4000

  • Ka'anapali Golf Courses

    2290 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761

  • Kapalua Golf Course

    300 Kapalua Drive, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761

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