|For the golf enthusiast||
|on the Green|
If you had played the Makena Golf Course on the island of Maui then you were among the lucky ones because it is now a private course and no longer available to the public.
Before closing, we had a chance to play the Makena Golf Course several times. It was a beautiful course and tastefully located on the south side of Maui where the locals claim is the sunniest part of the island. But at Makena, there were a lot of shade because of the amount of trees on the property. The Makena Golf Course required a cart as it winded up the mountain. The layout was exceptional with lots of hazards to eat your golf balls. And each hole provided a different challenge.
At the highest point, beautiful ocean vistas can be seen from tee boxes. The best thing of its location is the serenity and peace. It is so quiet up there, only the sounds of the island or birds can be heard.
I already miss playing Makena Golf Course.
Play where the Locals play
On the way up to the Haleakala volcano, the town of Pukalani offers a fantastic golf course that a lot of locals play in the morning.
The course is challenging and tight in some places. Golfers playing Pukalani is surprised when they reach the cliff and realize the green is tucked behind a cliff wall.
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.