Maui’s Top Golf Courses

Maui’s Best Golf Courses

One of the best ways to experience Maui’s natural beauty is by hitting the links! An odd way of doing so, but there are some golf courses on Maui that were specifically designed to cater towards visitors. Players can enjoy tremendous course layouts, perfect weather and stunning views at every course on the island.

Courses in the resort areas of Wailea and Kapalua are rated highly because there is just enough of a challenge, yet easy enough to keep them coming back. The Sayles Team has selected some of our favorites across the valley isle.


Wailea is a golfer’s paradise with 3 different courses to choose from, all more than capable of offering a great golfing experience. From the first class staff to the manicured greens, you can’t go wrong.

View from a home for sale in Wailea Golf Vistas

Wailea Golf Vistas overlook the Old Wailea Blue Course

The most challenging of the 3 and a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, the Gold Course entails a rugged and rolling terrain. The championship tees of course will be the most difficult, but the graduated forward tees make the layout a little more forgiving for less-skilled players.

The Emerald Course is challenging enough for experienced golfers without being discouraging to beginners. Hence its 7 appearances on Golf for Women magazine as one of the U.S.’s most women-friendly courses. Fantastic views abound with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and Mount Haleakala.

The Old Wailea Blue Course is the oldest of the Wailea resort courses and the most player-friendly in terms of pricing and play. The Old Blue course will be the one you see as you make your way into Wailea from Piilani Highway.

Wailea Real Estate to Watch

Ho’olei at the Grand Wailea

Hoolei Pool at Night

Ho’olei at Wailea can be found at 146 Ho’olei Circle, which is located directly across the street from the ballroom entrance of the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa. The Shops at Wailea and the Four Seasons Resort are also located within walking distance from the community.

Ho’olei is the last hotel-zoned property in the Wailea Resort, so short-term vacation rentals are permitted in the neighborhood.


Located in early Kihei, the Maui Nui Golf Course is enjoyed by many for its lack of rainfall and wind. The course is shield by both Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains which create the perfect conditions for golfers. Formerly known as the Elleair, the course is under new management and carries a reputation for being one of the busiest on the island. At Maui Nui, the course is player-friendly and the view changes on every hole. Fairways were recently widened and the greens are large, but a player wanting to score well will still need to keep the ball in play.

Kihei Real Estate

Hokulani Golf Villas

Hokulani Golf Villas in South Maui

Hokulani Golf Villas border the Maui Nui Golf Course 

One of the newest additions to Kihei, Hokulani Golf Villas is setting a new standard in South Maui for luxury residential styled condominiums. Situated right on the fairways of Maui Nui Golf Club, this community offers 152 home-style condominiums on 40 acres of rolling hills throughout the golf course. Every unit in this gated community offers outstanding views and some with spectacular views of the Pacific perfect for enjoying the famous Maui sunsets.


If you’re looking for a test to gauge your level of play against the pros, then the Plantation Course is the one for you. Not only is the course long (7411 yards), it is also riddled with elevation changes at every hole — even the par 3s! The highlight if the course is the finish. The 18th hole is the biggest test of all at 650 yards, although, sone would argue that the 8th hole par 3 at 2013 yards is more of challenge because of the elevated tee box and deep ravine to chip your ball over.

If tee times are booked up at the Plantation Course, then you can also check out the Bay Course which is also in the Kapalua Resort. Just like its counterpart, the Bay Course offers stunning views of Molokai’s eastern shores that Pailolo Channel that separates Maui from the _______.

Kapalua Real Estate to Check Out

Montage Kapalua Residences

Residing in what is known as the Kapalua resort, it is home to some of Hawaii’s most luxurious and desirable coastal properties. With a prestigious and worthy reputation of providing 5 star (plus) quality accommodations in other locales – Deer Valley, Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach – the Montage Kapalua is certainly raising the standard in the high-end market. After a multi-million dollar revamp of the property, the design now maximizes the property’s lifestyle with emphasis on Hawaiian culture and Aloha aspects.


Comprised on 1200 acres of premier crown lands, the Kaanapali Resort just past Lahaina is home to two highly regarded courses. Based off of an Arthur Jack Snyder design from 1962, the Kaanapali Kai course is shorter and narrower than its sister course. The Royal Kaanpali course is a nice alternative because it is less expensive to play, but still offers the same views and world class round of golf. This course sits a little higher than Kaanapali Kai and offers a unique experience because the holes are tucked away in the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains.

The Ka’anapali Kai course is an Arthur Jack Snyder design from 1962. It’s shorter and more narrow than its sister Royal Kaanapali course but is less expensive to play. Many holes are tucked into the West Maui Mountains. Visit the resort’s website for details on rates and discounts.

Kaanapali Real Estate

Honua Kai

Rendering showing the latest edition to Honua Kai - Luana Garden Villas

Nestled on the sandy shores of Kaanapali Beach in a prized location, Honua Kai is a unique, luxurious, and coveted property for a variety of reasons.  It is a one of a kind master-planned development, it blends fee simple property ownership with top of the line hotel amenities. It’s the on site staff’s attention to care and unmatched lifestyle that makes Honua Kai stand out among the Ka’anapli real estate market.

Contact a Maui Real Estate and Lifestyle Specialist

Whether you’re relocating to Maui, buying your first home, investing in real estate, or upgrading your overall well being, you could not find a better lifestyle than the one Maui offers. This island is more than just a beautiful destination, it’s home to incredible people, incredible athletes, and some of the world’s most renowned real estate. People come for the sun, but stay for the lifestyle. For more current information on Maui Real Estate, please contact to set up an appointment.


Anthony Sayles R(S)

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