Destination: Kapalua Resort on Maui

Updated: April 2, 2018

If you think there is a certain time of year that Hawaii makes for a good golf vacation, think again. At resorts like Kapalua in the island of Maui, anytime of year is the right time for a Hawaiian golf vacation.

At Kapalua there is a little of something for everyone. There is the championship golf, the tennis facility, hiking trails, two miles of zip lines and the state’s longest suspension bridge. There is Spa Montage with its 30,000 square feet of pampering. There are the beaches, the restaurants and the award-winning lodging.

Nestled in one of Hawaii’s largest nature preserves, the resort features a necklace of stunning white sand beaches, two marine sanctuaries, award-winning accommodations, premier real estate, and two legendary world-class golf courses. What more could you possibly want?

Most people head to Hawaii for the terrific winter weather, but it doesn’t matter when you go, the weather is good year r round.

Kapalua Resort has won several prestigious awards through the years and is continually ranked amongst the top resorts in Hawaii and the resort is among the top 10 in the country.

The Plantation course has been ranked among the top 100 courses in America and the best golf course in Hawaii.

While the Plantation course gets most of the media attention, the Bay course is also among the best around and its fifth hole is a piece of beauty that must be played to be believed.

Every year the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions takes place on the Plantation Course in late January and is on just about anyone’s golf bucket list. The course was designed on a grand scale in keeping with its location on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains and offers dramatic ocean views from virtually every hole on Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

Even though the course offers a spectacular golfing experience, it will undergo a multi-million dollar enhancement project aimed at refining and revitalizing the 27-year-old golf course. On-course work is expected to begin in February of 2019 and be completed in November 2019.

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the original Plantation Course design team, will assist with the extensive course refinement project. In addition, Troon’s Design/Development/Agronomy team, as well as longtime Maui resident and Golf Channel personality Mark Rolfing, will work on the project.

Enhancements will include: resurfacing all greens with Tif Eagle Bermuda; renovating every bunker on the golf course; and re-grassing tees, fairways and roughs with state-of-the-art Celebration Bermuda turf. New tee complexes will also be added, including additional forward tees to help increase guest enjoyment and several new tournament tees will be built on key holes to further test the world’s best PGA Tour professionals during the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The Plantation course is lengthy at 7,411 yards and challenges the pros but it’s wide fairways and generous greens make it very playable for the average golfer.

The Bay Course opened in 1975 and in that time has hosted over 20 major professional tournaments – the most of any neighbor island course in the state of Hawaii. From the first live prime time televised event in golf at the 1983 Kapalua International to the Kapalua LPGA classic some 25 years later.

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Anytime is the right time to visit Hawaii.