5 best Maui golf courses

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Hawaii has long been known for its golf courses. Players enjoy breathtaking views and just enough of a challenge to keep them coming back for more rounds. Maui’s courses have consistently ranked among the best in Hawaii, and have even become international celebrities, in their own right. But which Maui courses are best? Our readers voted, and here are their 5 best Maui golf courses.


The King Kamehameha Golf Club, Wailuku

Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 7060 yards  Slope: 139

 An aerial shot of the golf course and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.
Photo courtesy: King Kamehameha Golf Club

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse, looking like it was plucked from the deserts of Tatooine, makes the King Kamehameha Golf Course an interesting destination for both players and non-players. Great views of Wailea and Haleakala make for stunning, if windy, photo ops.


Kahili Golf Course, Wailuku

Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 6570 yards  Slope: 135

Looking east toward Haleakala from the West Maui Mountains.
Photo courtesy: Kahili Golf Course

Photos ops abound on the Kahili Golf Course, in large part due to the course’s location at the foot of the West Maui Mountains. Facing east from that perch, you can get great panos of the Maui central plain and both its coasts, with Haleakala looming in the distance. The course is fun, too, and good for all levels. Pacing is said be slow at times—a good opportunity to snap a few photos?


Kaanapali Golf Course Resort, Lahaina

Royal Course players enjoy a challenging, oceanside round of golf.
Photo: joenevill/Flickr

Royal Kaanapali
Holes: 18  Par: 71 Length: 6700 yards  Slope: 145

Its wide fairways and relatively fast greens make the Royal Kaanapali a real good time. Add to that ocean views and a fast pace and you have yourself a challenging, if not spendy, round of play.

Kaanapali Kai
Holes: 18  Par: 70  Length: 6388 yards  Slope: 135

Kaanapali Kai is a fun, forgiving course. While it’s more affordable than the Royal, it doesn’t have the ocean views the Royal does. If possible, play them both!


Wailea Golf Club, Wailea

The island of Kahoolawe as seen from hole 18 of the Emerald Course.
Photo courtesy: Wailea Golf Club

Emerald Course

Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 6825 yards  Slope: 135

Whether you choose gold or emerald, it’s a good time. The Emerald Course is challenging enough for experienced golfers without being discouraging to beginners. Fantastic views of Kahoolawe and the ocean abound!

Gold Course

Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 7078 yards  Slope: 138

The friendlier of the Wailea courses, the Gold Course has wider fairways and larger greens. Breathtaking photo ops of the ocean and Molokini islet can be had at hole 18.   


Kapalua Golf, Lahaina

The view of Molokai from hole 9 of the Bay Course .
Photo courtesy: Kapalua Golf

The Plantation Course

Holes: 18  Par: 73  Length: 7411 yards  Slope: 144

The PGA-famous Plantation Course consistently ranks among the top 5 in Hawaii. It’s big, it’s challenging and the iconic view of Molokai from the 18th hole is enough to make an average player feel like a pro.

The Bay Course

Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 6600 yards  Slope: 135

The battle-tested veteran of the Kapalua courses, the Bay Course has hosted more professional tournaments than any of the non-Oahu courses. Like the Plantation Course, views of Molokai’s eastern mountains and the deep blue of the Pailolo Channel will keep your eyes, and mind, off the scorecard.

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