Wailea Resort on the leeward coast of south west Maui is blessed with golden beaches, and the best golfing weather on Maui. Sunshine, light breezes, and just 11 inches of rain a year sounds just too good to be true!
It really is golfing paradise. The Resort boasts five luxury hotels, and quite a number of condominiums, spas, restaurants and lots of high end shopping. With it's constant balmy weather, and choice of activities, Wailea has something for everyone.
Golf forms an integral part of the Wailea Resort, with three highly regarded courses, two clubhouses, and extensive practice facilities prominent.
Wailea: Emerald Course
The Emerald Course at Wailea was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, and opened in 1994 to critical acclaim along with it's sister- the Gold Course. While the Gold Course was intended more for tournament golf, The Emerald course was intended to be fun for all level of players. There are less forced carries, fairways are wider, and greens are more approachable. Perfectly manicured, with volcano and ocean views, and surrounded by a colourful tropical garden the Emerald Course is a delight to play.
When it opened 'Emerald' was voted by Golf Magazine as one of the top 10 new courses in the land. Visitors return year on year vouching for the beauty and playability of the course- in fact Golf for Women, and Golf Digest magazines have rated the Emerald courses 10 times as one of the most women friendly courses in the USA.
But it's not just for women. With multiple tee boxes on each hole the Emerald course is suitable for seniors, long handicappers, and juniors.
The astounding thing is: it is still challenging and enjoyable for the better golfer as well. Surely that is a sign of good design?
The first hole is a sharply down hill par 4 with the ocean glistening in the background- it is a spectacular start to the round
Hole 4- a shortish par 4 beautifully bunkered and challenging
Hole 13- a delightful downhill par 3 with tee shot framed by trees, and lovely ocean backdrop
Hole 17- a devilish short par 4 with water and bunkers requiring the golfer to think their way through the hole
Hole 18- a lovely par 5 which can reward the strong drive with a chance at eagle. However the green is angled across the line of play for the approach and protected by a dazzling display of bunkers- which angle do you want to come in from and from how far?
The Emerald is a joy to play for all golfers. It is a resort course, and carts are almost a necessity given the distances between green and tee, and the elevation changes evident at times in the routing.
Nevertheless this is a quality course, in a wonderful part of the world.
I’d go back in a heartbeat
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