Located on the west coast of Maui, north of Lahaina, The Ka'anapali Resort is home to two championship golf courses, five luxury hotels, and a host of condominiums. With a gorgeous beach, high end shopping complex, and typical western Maui weather it is a popular spot. But this is no surprise- after all, it was the home to ancient Hawaiian royalty...
One of the highlights of Kaanapali Resort is its world-class golf. The Ka'anapali Golf Resort offers 36 holes of legendary golf and is rich in history and tradition
The Royal Kaanapali Course is a Robert Trent Jones Senior design, and opened in 1962 .
It is a par 71 course measuring 6700 yards from the tips.
It has been home of the Champions Tour Kaanapali Classic for 14 years, and has also hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and the LPGA Kemper Open.
In 2006, the course was renovated by renowned golf course architect, Robin Nelson. Combining wide fairways and undulating greens, the Royal Kaanapali Course is basically a flattish parkland course that uses water hazards, palm trees and bunkers to define the course. It is not a championship course in my eyes and is not maintained as one.
Most of the clientele would be there for a beach holiday, and golf is perhaps not the main focus.
The 5th hole is well known as the hole that nears the famous shoreline, and as such photos of this hole are oft seen in marketing. It's a good hole!
With a golf course that features on televised tournaments, great weather, beautiful beach, shopping and all facilities, I can see why Ka'anapali is popular, and why Royal Ka'anapali course has no shortage of punters lining up for tee times.
It would be a lovely place to have a beach and golf holiday, it's just wouldn't be one of my preferred courses when looking for the best golf in Maui
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