Anything you love doing, you will love even more doing it on Maui. Consistently voted the best island in the world by Conde Nast, Maui is the jewel within the jewel of Hawaii. From fine dining to zip lining, you cannot find a better place to enjoy life. And if it's golf you enjoy, then West Maui is the place to be.
Whether you're looking to hit your final shot as the sun sets behind you, or shoot for par with whales breaching in the background, you can find your ultimate golf experience here. With two courses in Kaanapali and two in Kapalua, there are enough holes to keep you happy during you vacation. Let's take a look at your options for golfing nirvana on Maui, starting with Kaanapali.
The history of Kaanapali starts long before golf courses and resorts. During the sugar plantation era it was a shipping point of sugar cane and a camp for immigrant families working in the sugar industry. Before that, the location of a track for horse racing - and betting. Before that there were Hawaiian villages, and before Kamehameha unified the islands in the early 1800's it was the location of both the bravery and savagery of battle. (For more on the history of Kaanapali, check out the Kaanapali Historical Trail.)
In the early '60s there was not much there, mostly kiawe trees and wild grass. A company called AMFAC decided it would be a great place to build a resort; with surf, sand, tennis, and... Golf!
Kaanapali Kai first opened in 1967, and was most recently redesigned in 2005 by Robin Nelson. It would be considered the easier of the two Kaanapali courses, and its redesign has made its views of the ocean, Lanai, and Molokai even better. It is located just in the Kaanapali resort area, close to the beach and surrounded by many of the best resorts on Maui. Eighteen holes and a par 70, the Kaanapali Kai also has a pro shop, golf instruction, club rentals, and a Restaurant.
The Royal Kaanapali Course first opened in 1962, and was renovated in 2006. It was the first resort golf course built in Hawaii, and once hosted LPGA events and the original Seniours Tour. Designed by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr., and located farther north than its sibling, it is a more challenging course. Eighteen holes and a par 71, the Royal course is ensconced within some of the most prestigious West Maui homes and home sites in Hawaii. Available amenities include club rentals, driving range, a pro shop, lounge and snack bar.
Next time: Golfing in Kapalua!
If you continue farther along West Maui, past Kaanapali, you will come to Kapalua. Like Kaanapali, Kapalua has a history in agriculture. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the area was known as the Honolua Ranch and was planted with coffee, taro, aloe, mango, and in 1912,… Continue Reading
Anything you love doing, you will love even more doing it on Maui. Consistently voted the best island in the world by Conde Nast, Maui is the jewel within the jewel of Hawaii. From fine dining to zip lining, you cannot find a better place to enjoy life.… Continue Reading