Maui Hawaii Golf
Friends of mine who play golf regularly on Maui have helped me collect this information to help you get the most out of your times playing golf in Hawaii. On this page you will find a discussion of all of the golf courses on Maui, including which are cheap versus expensive and difficult versus easy. Phone numbers are shown for each course, as well as suggestions for discounts on some. See details below.
You can rent golf clubs at most of these golf courses, but you can rent them much cheaper from Jimmy’s Maui Golf Rentals, with free delivery and pickup of the clubs at your hotel or condo.
I’ve only included one photo on this page, but here is a page with lots of photos of the Plantation Course.
Maui Golf Courses Info
There are fifteen beautiful golf courses on Maui. The best is the Plantation Course at Kapalua, famous as home to the Hyundai Championship (formerly called the Mercedes Championship) every January. Second-best is the Bay Course, also at Kapalua. (The Village Course at Kapalua closed in 2007.) A close third best is the Makena Course (formerly called the North course at Makena, before the South course at Makena closed in 2008). The Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai (formerly called Kaanapali North and South) golf courses are less challenging. Wailea Gold, Emerald and Blue are also top courses. Wailea Gold is home to the Champions Skins Game held every February. The Plantation Course and the Wailea Emerald course have some of the most beautiful views.
You must have reservations at all of these popular courses, especially for the early morning tee times. You can make reservations for the Kapalua courses up to 25 days in advance, by calling (808) 669-8044. Call early in the morning for the best choices, since they start answering the phone at 6 AM Hawaii time. If you’re playing at the Wailea courses, the phone number for reservations is (808) 875-5111, and for Makena it’s (808) 891-4000 (reserve those tee times up to 30 days in advance). Kaanapali courses take phone reservations up to 3 weeks in advance at (808) 661-3691. Wailea (www.waileagolf.com), Kaanapali (www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com) and Makena (Makena Golf) also allow online booking 30 days in advance. For the Kapalua courses online, it’s 25 days in advance (www.golfatkapalua.com). All of the courses mentioned in the above paragraph are expensive.
The courses away from the tourist areas are much cheaper and most are also easier. Waiehu Municipal (808) 243-7400 has some of the best views on the island, as three holes are adjacent to the beach. Waiehu Muni golf course is a couple of miles northwest of Wailuku on Highway 330. If you go right of the fairway on the 6th, 7th or 8th holes, be prepared to take a sand wedge with you. On the 15th, there is a downhill tee shot which looks as if you would hit it into the ocean. It doesn’t have the conditioning that the major resort courses do, but it’s much cheaper for the budget golfer, has some great scenery and is quite “forgiving” for the average golfer. Also good value and somewhat forgiving are Pukalani Country Club (808) 572-1314, Maui Nui (formerly called Elleair) (808) 874-0777 in Kihei Maui Nui Golf prices or reservations, and somewhat less forgiving is The Dunes at Maui Lani (808) 873-0422 in Kahului Dunes Golf prices or reservations. The other more budget course is Kahili Golf Club (808) 242-4653 (formerly Sandalwood), which is on the Honoapi’ilani Highway at Waikapu, just south west of Wailuku. Coupons for these courses are often available in the various on-island tourist magazines. And almost all of Maui’s golf courses, both expensive and inexpensive, offer a large discount if you are willing to play “twilight” starting after 1 or 2 PM.
There are also two private golf courses on Maui, where you generally have to be a member to play. But the King Kamehameha Golf Club(808) 249-0033 allows you to buy a “guest for a day” pass, and the Maui Country Club (808) 877-7893 is open to the public on Mondays.
There is less rain in Wailea and Makena than in Kapalua and Kaanapali. So if it is too windy or too rainy to play golf at the Kapalua courses, you may find better weather by driving 60 minutes (from Kaanapali) to play the Makena course, or one of the three Wailea courses (Emerald is the most scenic and prettiest, compared to the Blue and the Gold). Here are more details about Maui Weather.
If you are looking for something different, or have played the Maui courses and would like to try the famous beautiful courses on the nearby island of Lanai, you can take a day-trip by ferry boat to Lanai. There you will play the Challenge at Manele or the Experience at Koele golf course, and then return by ferry to Maui the same day. Click for details, prices, and reservations for this golf Expedition to Lanai.
You don’t have to stay in a Kapalua hotel to play golf at the Kapalua courses, or in Wailea to play the Wailea courses: you can stay anyplace and play golf anyplace. However, you do get a discount on golf at the course affiliated with the hotel you stay at.
For other Maui activities, luaus, whale watching, snorkeling, tours, helicopters, horseback, ATV, parasailing, fishing, biking, beaches, kids & family fun, events calendar, Hawaii cruises, and more, see Maui Things To Do.