Makena Beach and Golf Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Hawaii boasts some absolutely stunning golf courses. Both pros and amateurs have flocked to these lush islands to try their hand at courses of varying difficulty. Check out some of our most picturesque links here: Wailea is home to some of Hawaii's best golf. As the highest-elevated course on Maui's south shore, Makena Beach and Golf Resort's Makena Golf Course gives players stunning views of Mount Haleakala, the island's dormant volcano, and the Molokini and Lanai islands. Like the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald and Gold courses, the 18-hole Makena course is designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. But the 6,914-yard Makena, with its narrow fairways, is considered the most challenging of the three.

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 Hawaii boasts some absolutely stunning golf courses. Both pros and amateurs have flocked to these lush islands to try their hand at courses of varying difficulty. Check out some of our most picturesque links here: Wailea is home to some of Hawaii's best golf. As the highest-elevated course on Maui's south shore, Makena Beach and Golf Resort's Makena Golf Course gives players stunning views of Mount Haleakala, the island's dormant volcano, and the Molokini and Lanai islands. Like the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald and Gold courses, the 18-hole Makena course is designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. But the 6,914-yard Makena, with its narrow fairways, is considered the most challenging of the three.
Hawaii boasts some absolutely stunning golf courses. Both pros and amateurs have flocked to these lush islands to try their hand at courses of varying difficulty. Check out some of our most picturesque links here: Wailea is home to some of Hawaii's best golf. As the highest-elevated course on Maui's south shore, Makena Beach and Golf Resort's Makena Golf Course gives players stunning views of Mount Haleakala, the island's dormant volcano, and the Molokini and Lanai islands. Like the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald and Gold courses, the 18-hole Makena course is designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. But the 6,914-yard Makena, with its narrow fairways, is considered the most challenging of the three. Two well-regarded courses are adjacent to the Westin Princeville. One, the Prince, has breathtaking views along Princeville's cliffs. The second, Makai, a 27-hole monster, was renovated in 2009. The Wailea Golf Club's three world-class, 18-hole courses -- two of them designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. -- overlook the town's beaches and resorts and offer discounted pricing to Wailea resort guests. The nearby Makena Golf Course offers even more challenging holes. Kapalua Resort is home to two 18-hole courses: the Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane-designed Bay Course and the Plantation Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. Both are oceanfront and located on opposite sides of the Ritz-Carlton resort, facing different sides of the Kapalua Coast. It was also named the 15th best Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest. Turle Bay often makes, but doesn't top, lists of the best golf resorts in Hawaii. The more notable of its two 18-hole golf courses is the Arnold Palmer course, designed by Ed Seay and Arnold himself. With narrow fairways and sneaky bunkers, it's a challenging course. It's also a beautiful one, surrounded by jungle and a wetland bird sanctuary. The course's signature hole, the 17th, offers stunning ocean views from a plateau 100 feet above the sea, but the course lacks the oceanfront yardage of Kauai's top courses. The second and older Fazio course by respected designer Tom Fazio is easier both on the player and the pocketbook. The Mauna Kea Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. is consistently voted one of the top courses in the nation. The golf clubhouse features a full-service Pro Shop with lessons, clinics and rental services available. This luxury golf resort features two championship courses, both challenging experiences to all levels of players. Mauna Lani has received Golf Magazine's Gold Medal Award every year since 1988 and was host to the Senior Skins Golf Game for 11 years. Poipu Bay, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is a five-minute walk from the resort. This 7,123 yard, 18-hole course (longer than average yardage) hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006; awards from Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Links Magazine. The last three holes of the course are located on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean, offering spectacular views of this as well as the surrounding Hampu Mountains. Tiger Woods won seven PGA Grand Slam victories here. There are two 18-hole courses at the Kaanapali Golf Resort, which spans 1,200 acres of land situated between the beachfront resorts of Kaanapali and the mountains to the west. Built in the '60s, both courses have been home to the Champions Tour Kaanapali Classic and the LPGA Kemper Open. Wind and rain are less common than at the neaby Kapalua courses, though the south Maui courses (those in Wailea and Makena) are the best in Maui. The 18-hole private golf course here was designed by Jack Nicklaus, with a 1,400-square-foot clubhouse and driving range. Voted the best golf course on Oahu in 2008 by the Honolulu Advertiser, Ko Olina's Ted Robinson-designed course is a stunner. Since opening in 1990, the club has hosted both the LPGA and Senior PGA. Multi-tiered greens, occasional tradewinds, and uneven lies make for a challenging par-72.
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