The classic design of Maui Nui Golf Club combines different elements including reachable holes that face each cardinal point with strong prevailing winds that reward smart play for a layout that is both fair and challenging. The layout wanders through the foothills of Haleakula, providing subtle elevation changes as well as views of the ocean.
As with all golf courses on Maui, there are some very special places at Maui Nui Golf Club: The first hole, a medium-length par-4, usually plays downwind and easterly, showing off Haleakala’s distant slopes as they give way to La Perouse Bay. The short, par-3 third, faces northward toward Haleakala’s verdant towering heights. The par-4 sixth, runs due south, with a pond to the right fairway, and the shimmering Pacific runs at its feet, framed by the treetops surrounding the green. The golf course was opened in 1987, and designed by course architect Bill Newis.
The back nine offers still more. The par-4 11th swoops down to a green that has all of the West Maui Mountains, including the Lao Needle and Maalaea Bay, as its backdrop. The fairway on the par-4 fifteen, which points directly south toward the ocean, weaves around two ponds and ushers shots onto the front of a green enhanced by Maui’s beautiful sunsets.
The 18th, a downhill, left dogleg, starts westerly, curves around to the south, shows off sweeping views of the Auau channel, and Molokini.
Junior golfers ages 18 and under can play golf at Maui Nui for only $25 and that includes cart and GPS fees. Junior rental clubs are only $15 for standard sets.