A veritable golf paradise awaits visitors from the mainland on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.
Winding its way through mango and guava groves to dramatic seaside cliffs, the Ocean Course at Hokuala, in Kaua’i is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful courses. It is little wonder that the list of for this Jack Nicklaus Signature track is as long as its string of holes that hug the Pacific. This continuous stretch of oceanfront golf is the longest in all of Hawaii and a certain highlight of every visit.
Future enhancements include a welcoming new clubhouse on the inland waterway overlooking the 9th hole, along with a world-class practice facility. Both promise to take your game, and your vacation, to the next level.
Said the Golden Bear, “The 16th hole at the Ocean Course at Hokuala is a standout. Be careful playing the drivable par-four. It challenges you to make the right club selection. If your tee ball travels down the slot, then you have a chance to drive it on the green and putt for an eagle. A tee shot miss and you have an awkward pitch to the green. The smart play is usually to hit a hybrid or a 3-iron, leaving you a little wedge down to the green.”
The famous Ka’anapali Resort golf courses, located in Lahaina on the island of Maui, feature two stunning courses. The Royal Ka’anapali Course is celebrating 57 years, and this classic Trent Jones, Sr. design combines wide fairways with large undulating greens. With years of tournament history, including the Ka’anapali Champions Skins Game, the Royal Course has tested the skills of some of golf’s greatest legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Amy Alcott.
The Ka’anapali Kai Course has some of the best greens on Maui, and the layout calls for skillful course management. Newly renovated, the Kai Course places a premium on accuracy off the tee and a deft touch around the greens. The layout has delicious views of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands and is home to the Golf Channel’s series, Big Break Ka’anapali.
Ka’anapali offers Fit Club, a program where golfers walk and play holes numbers one through six on the Royal or Kai Course anytime after 4 p.m. There is a monthly fee and players check in daily in the golf shop and then walk the course (playing) from 4 p.m. to close.
Ka’anapali expanded its reach to the non-golfer at the facility by offering Foot Golf on the Ka’anapali Kai Course. With the variety of guests staying in the Ka’anapali Resort, Foot Golf allows not only the golfing guest but everyone to experience the beauty of the courses in a fun and healthy environment.