Monday, May 30, 2016

The Art of Maui Golf

Golf course design is an art form, and no place offers a better canvas than Maui. Idyllic weather, dynamic topography and screen saver-esque ocean views are the colors on these artists’ palettes. Golfers vacationing on this beautiful island don’t have to look very hard to find world-class courses. Here’s a list of our favorite courses on the Valley Isle.

Kapalua Plantation Course

Designed by legendary architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the Plantation Course was built in 1991 on Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s pineapple plantation. This par 73 beast of a course measures 7,411 yards and features elevation changes nearly as drastic as the ocean views. The same hundred-year-old stone aqueduct used to irrigate the pineapples provides water to the lush fairways to this day.
(Greens fee: ~$300)

The Dunes at Maui Lani

You’ll have to navigate ancient alluvial sand dunes looping this 6,841-yard masterpiece. British Open competitors would feel right at home on this classic links-style course. Enjoy a fruity cocktail to wash down the gorgeous views at the course’s 19th, CafĂ© O’Lei.
(Greens fee: ~$80)

Wailea Golf Club Gold Course

A mainstay on just about every “World’s Best Courses” list, Wailea’s Gold Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It is widely considered a “thinking player’s course” thanks to snaking fairways and postage stamp greens. Intriguing risk-reward choices may cause you to overlook the views of Molokini, the tiny crescent-shaped volcanic crater just off the coast of hole No. 8.
(Greens fee: ~$180)

Ka’anapali Royal-North

Another course designed by a Jones, the North course is the work of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Its nearly 7,000 yards of tropical real estate never cease to impress. The clever layout makes great use of the West Maui Mountains’ foothills is reminiscent of the architect’s magnum opus, Spyglass Hill in Northern California.
(Greens fee: ~$190)

Waiehu Golf Course

Wrapped around large seaside hills and offering sweeping views of Kahului Bay and Waihee Reef, Waiehu Golf Course is Hawaii’s premier municipal course. The 6,330-yard, par 72 course allows golfers to focus less on carrying long distances and more on taking photographs of the breathtaking panoramas. The expertly maintained facilities are truly a work of art. It’s also one of the less expensive options on the island, so you’ll have more money in your budget for other Maui activities.
(Greens fee: ~$50)

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