It would easy to wax lyrical about the golf at the Kapalua Golf Resort: the mist lying low over the courses as the sun rises, the cool, crisp air of the early morning, the echo of a metal club striking the ball, the stunning ocean views, and a deep sense of well-being and peace far away from the maddening crowds; yep, it would be easy to let the mind wander, to dream, but to actually go to Maui and visit this amazing resort, well… that’s another thing entirely.
Recognized as #1 in Hawaii for Best Golf Resort by Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine, Kapalua Resort's two 18-hole championship golf courses - The Bay and The Plantation - are nothing short of divine. The Plantation Course perennially hosts the PGA TOUR's season opening Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Adding to the allure is the Kapalua Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art instructional facility unparalleled in Hawaii. Players can learn the basics or hone their skills when learning from the largest teaching staff in the state which consists of over 30 PGA Professionals. 1/2, 2, or 3 day Golf schools are the perfect complement to any vacation on Maui and full golf instruction vacation packages are available at each of our accommodations.
The Bay Course:
Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane designed The Bay Course. The forerunner of Kapalua Resort's two championship golf courses, The Bay Course is a 6,600-yard par 72 with gently rolling fairways and generous greens. The Bay Course is an excellent example of resort golf at its best.
The Plantation Course:
The par 73, 7,411-yard Plantation Course, is the course of the champions, site of the PGA TOUR Mercedes-Benz Championship each January featuring an elite field of previous year's PGA TOUR winners. The field has included golf greats such as Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and many more. The grand scale of the course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore unfurls across natural geographic formations and pineapple plantation fields that take your breath away.
Where to Stay in Maui:
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is probably the finest resort of its kind in Hawaii, and it will always be my first choice. I recommend you consider it first.
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There are, of course, quite a few resort options in Maui, Including the Kapalua Resort. Here are a few of my favorites:
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- Compare Prices on nights for Marriott's Maui Ocean Club
- Compare Prices on nights for the The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
How to get There:
Kahului Airport (OGG) is located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui.
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And don’t forget: there are many other opportunities for great golf all over the world. Favorite locations include Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.