|For the golf enthusiast||
If you're taking advantage of cheap flights to Maui then you probably want to pack your clubs to play a few rounds of golf. Golf in Maui can be great but if you don't know where to play, it can get expensive fast. Play Kapalua, Ka'anapali and Wailea and you will have paid for your flight back to Los Angeles.
Before you leave the mainland, go and check the usual sites for discount golf in Hawaii. I like TeeOff.com the most because they have all the popular courses and the rates are the best. Look up Maui and enter the dates you will be there. With Teeoff.com, you will be limited to a window of about 7 days. If you are going to Maui in two weeks then this is the week you need to look up and book your tee times. Booking ahead will be key because you will be able to print your confirmation and bring it with you to check in.
Before looking up discounted rounds, it is important to find out when sunset is. Google the sunset time for Maui and give yourself ample time to finish a round. Resort rounds can take up to 5 hours so make sure you don't book anything before sunset that doesn't give you enough flexibility. If you do, be prepared to either hurry your round or finish up without playing the full 18.
The courses to look for are:
These are great courses to play and they won't break the bank. If you haven't play these courses yet, do so. I highly recommend all of them.
If you still want to play Kapalua then I recommend you play the twilight round at a substantial discount. There are two courses there to pick from. The Plantation course is the one that the PGA Tour plays on in January while the other one, the Bay Course is more friendlier and is closer to the ocean. It is still up there but see if you can get on for less than $90. Take your spouse along and pay the rider fee.
Another recommendation is the Makena Golf Course but at the time of writing, it is closed for renovations.
Play where the Locals play
Playing golf in Hawaii can be expensive if you don't know where to go. The reason is because Hawaii has the best climate all year round and it is considered one of the best destinations to go to anytime of the year.
If you want to play golf and save money, play the courses that the locals play. Stay away from the resort courses that charge over $150 per round.
Pukalani Country Club is popular among the locals because it is in the town of Pukalani and in a residential area. If you're staying on the west side of Maui, you may choose to play in the afternoon because it would take you about 1-1/2 hour drive to the course. To make it to a 10am tee time, you will have to leave your hotel by 7:00am.
Maui's Best Kept Secret
If you're lucky, you can play the Dunes at Maui Lani for as low as $38 per play including cart. This course is wonderfully difficult and it will test the best players.
There is elevation, tight fairways, water and large bunkers. It is really a gem to play.
Trust your GPS
When packing for Maui, be sure to bring your golf GPS. When I play there, everything seems to be closer than it really is. Just look across the water and see another island. It's so close, you think you can swim there but we are talking about 10 miles. On the golf course, it's the same. When you look at the flag versus your GPS, you won't believe it. The best thing you can do for your game is to believe everything your GPS says instead of using your gut feeling unless you want to come up short.
Walk at Sunset
If you can't afford to play at Kapalua, it's worth taking a walk on the Kapalua Bay Course at sunset because there's a par 3 that plays over an inlet. From the white tees, it is a mere 150 yards over water to the green on the other side. It really is a spectacular hole to play and gets the adrenaline rushing when you hit that tee shot.