Nestled in the foothills of West Maui Mountain, Kahili Golf Course offers coastal vistas dominated by rolling white surf, suntanned beaches and summit views of Haleakala Volcano.
Constructed in 1991, and designed by Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright, Kahili is a sister course to The King Kamehameha Golf Club, as they have the same ownership. The King K club is located adjacent to Kahili. Wile The King K club is entirely private, Kahili is a beautifully presented public access course
The maintenance levels were notably lower than King K, but the clubhouse and facilities were nice
While the routing did head across the slopes a little like the KK course, it is sited lower down the slope than KK, enabling Nelson to take the opportunity to hit more points on the compass. The course also feels a little more protected, sitting lower and in the trees- but still gets more wind & rain than the coastal courses.
The course is not as long as KK, but is still a good test of golf, well structured, and offering challenges to the good player, yet playable for the beginner.
There are some good holes too, which include:
Hole 6- a challenging and picturesque par 3 with water and bunkers to negotiate
Hole 7- a shortish dog leg par 4, with a significant elevation drop from the tee. The green is set in a leafy alcove, so you need to position the tee shot to have clear approach. Big hitters may attempt to go for the green from the tee!
Hole 8 is a pretty par 3 over water- it is all carry!
Load her up, and hit it high!
Hole 13- another gorgeous par 3, with a big drop from tee to green, and a lovely ocean backdrop..
Kahili does not attract the attention that coastal courses on Maui do, but is very reasonably priced, is quality golf, and usually a cooler environment.
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