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Maui, known as the “Valley Isle,” is not only celebrated for its sapphire waters, golden beaches, and volcanic landscapes but is also a dream come true for golf enthusiasts. With a roster of world-renowned courses designed by the biggest names in the sport, Maui stands tall as a premier destination for those who revel in the art of the swing amidst jaw-dropping natural beauty. A round of golf on a Maui golf course isn’t just a game — it’s an experience that harmonizes the thrill of the sport with the serenity of paradise.

Whether you’re a scratch golfer, a high-handicapper, or a casual player looking for an unforgettable golf vacation, this post is your all-access pass to Maui’s top golfing spots. From the valleys along the West Maui Mountains to the shores of the Pacific, Maui offers a divot-digging, ball-breaking, and soul-refreshing array of options that every golfer must experience at least once.

Ka’anapali Golf Courses

Ka’anapali is home to two championship 18-hole courses, the Royal Ka’anapali and the Ka’anapali Kai, named for their unique signature holes featuring breathtaking views of the ocean. With a history that includes hosting the LPGA Tour and the Champions Tour, Ka’anapali has welcomed some of the sport’s most skilled athletes. Arnold Palmer even called the 18th hole of Royal Ka’anapali one of the best and most challenging finishing holes he’d ever played.

The terrain meanders along the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, treating golfers to lush fairways, tropical flowers, and spectacular views. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, Ka’anapali is as challenging as it is beautiful, creating an outstanding golf experience for all who play here.

Kaanapali Golf Course Maui

Wailea Golf Club

The Wailea Golf Club takes luxury to a new level with its three award-winning 18-hole courses! Set against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean in the foothills of Haleakalā, Wailea’s Gold, Emerald, and Blue courses offer varied challenges designed by famed golf architects like Robert Trent Jones II and Arthur Jack Snyder. For those looking for instruction, the Wailea Golf Academy offers a fantastic learning experience customized to your goals and skill level.

The meticulously maintained grounds boast features like downhill fairways and breathtaking ocean views, making each hole a postcard-worthy moment. After a day of play, relax at the Wailea clubhouses with pro-shops, dining, and stunning panoramic views.

Wailea Golf Aerial

Kapalua Golf

Kapalua Golf is renowned for its world-class golf courses, The Plantation Course and The Bay Course. The Plantation Course, is where golfers can experience Maui’s largest greens, photogenic vistas, and elevation changes that captivate the senses. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, you’ll find this course has been recognized by Golfweek as the best golf course in Hawaii for 15 consecutive years.

The Bay Course, sister to the Plantation, is equally impressive, offering magnificent ocean views and challenging play that’s a favorite among the pros and the public. Host to over 20 major professional tournaments since opening in 1975, the picturesque Bay Course promises an excellent game and a stunning tour of Maui’s northwest coast.

Kapalua Golf Course - Ocean View Golfing Hawaii

King Kamehameha Golf Club

Although officially designated as a ‘private’ club, the King Kamehameha Golf Club extends a unique invitation to non-members, allowing them the chance to apply for a “Guest for a Day” pass. This exclusive offer grants access to its prestigious 18-hole golf course, a gem in the realm of golfing.

The course was originally crafted with the creative genius of Ted Robinson, Sr., and was later enhanced and refined by the talents of his son, Ted Robinson, Jr., ensuring that it not only challenges golfers of all levels but also provides them with an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the heart of Waikapu, this par-72 course occupies a prime spot that boasts not just exceptional design and strategic complexity.

Maui Nui Golf Club

For discerning golfers, Maui Nui Golf Club presents a picturesque challenge in the convenient location of Kihei! Under the majestic gaze of Mount Haleakalā, the 18-hole course is celebrated as Maui’s most enjoyable and reasonably priced golf course.

This player-friendly, par-71 course offers a balance of strategy and pleasure, making it ideal for a rewarding round of golf. It beautifully encapsulates Maui’s distinctive landscape with views of the Pacific Ocean, Auau Channel, Molokini, and the mountains. You’ll also find a Pro Shop, club rentals, lessons provided by skilled professionals, and on-site dining at Gilligans’s Bar and Grill.

Waiehu Golf Course

Situated along the scenic shores, Waiehu Golf Course stands out as a beloved gem in the heart of Maui’s local golfing community. Unlike the more polished courses found at resorts, Waiehu offers a unique, unpretentious Hawaiian golf experience that blends challenge with exceptional value.

With its prime location and welcoming vibe, Waiehu Golf Course proudly preserves the spirit of Hawaiian golf. This municipal course is not just about playing; it’s about experiencing golf in its purest form amidst stunning natural landscapes. Players of all skill levels will enjoy the authentic atmosphere, competitive design, and stunning coastal views.

Tips for Planning Your Maui Golf Vacation

Before you set your sights on Maui, there are some factors to keep in mind to ensure your golfing getaway is as smooth and enjoyable as a perfect putt:

Tee Times & Gear

Maui is a popular golf destination, so we highly recommend booking your tee times in advance. Reservations can typically be made easily online. As for traveling with your golf gear, most airlines do often charge extra for golf bags. If you want to avoid this, consider renting clubs on the island.

Accommodations

Maui is home to a range of accommodations, including our exceptional vacation rentals near all the best golf courses and things to do on the island! Our team would be happy to help you find the perfect vacation property for you and your group. You can also browse our selection of Maui vacation rentals on our website by clicking here.

Transportation

While most visitors to Maui rent a car, there are also shuttle services available. Taxis and rideshare services are an option, but they can be fairly expensive, especially if you’re planning to play multiple rounds of golf.

Weather

Maui’s weather is incredibly diverse. Be sure to check the forecast and pack accordingly, especially if you are planning to play on Haleakalā, where temperatures can be chilly, or on the wetter courses on the island’s north shore.

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