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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Maui and Lanai’s Golf Courses

Written by Marie Glodt
Hawaiian Destination Specialist at Travel to Maui

Hawaii has some of the finest golf courses in the world. Today I would like to focus on golf courses on the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Moloka’i.

All have countless panoramic views of the ocean and island scenery.

Kaanapali Golf Course is host to Champions Skins Game. It is located in the resort area on the west side of Maui. The 2 courses here are the Kaanapali Kai and the Royal Kaanapali Course. Built in the 1963, these courses have been home to some of the most renowned players on the PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours. The signature hole on the Royal course is the 5th hole. While the Kai’s more notable hole is the #11 with its picturesque view of Lanai.

You will know you have arrived in the famous Kapalua Resort by the 200’ Ironwood trees lining the drive. Since 1982 millions of television viewers have enjoyed watching professional tournaments like the PGA Tours like the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
The 18th hole is known as the favorite for its view.

Wailea has 2 clubhouses and has three 18 hole courses (Blue, Emerald & Gold). Both Golf Digest & Golf Magazine named Wailea one of the nation’s finest golf resorts.

Makena is known for its seclusion and a place of escape from urban life. Many holes make me feel like you are on the big island of Hawaii instead of here on Maui.

The island of Lanai is home to two world class golf courses. The Challenge at Manele and the Experience of Koele were designed by legends in the golf industry.

Dunes at the Maui Lain 808-873-0422

Elleair Golf Course 808-874-0777

Kaanapali Golf Course 866-454-Golf (4653) or 808-661-3691

Kahili Golf Course 808-242-golf (4653)

Kapalua Golf Course 877-kapalua or 808-669-8044

Makena Golf Course 808-879-3344

Wailea Golf Course 888-328-maui or 808-875-7450

Waiehu Municipal Golf Course 808-234-7400

Lanai:Challenge at Manele Golf Course 808-565-2222

Experience at Ko’ele Golf Course 808-565-4653

Ironwood Hills Golf Course 808-567-6000

Golf tips:
Rent your clubs when once you arrive on Maui. Many airlines are charging upwards of $50.00 to take your clubs with you.

Golf carts are required when playing Maui Courses.

Many courses offer a “twilight times” if you plan afternoons or “off peak times.”
Some of the courses even offer special rates for golfers staying within the resort area. Make sure and ask when you make your tee times if they offer any further discounts or golf packages.

For rates and tee times please contact the golf courses directly. Most courses allow tee times 30-45 days prior to arrival.

The average temperature is 75-85 degrees year round here in Hawaii. Make sure and bring a hat, sunscreen and drink lots of water to offset our “tropical weather” here in the islands.

For travel packages including to Hawaii please contact the travel professionals at Travel to Maui. We are a Maui travel agency and Hawaiian Destination Specialist.