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By , June 19, 2010 2:51 am
Category:Golf courses
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Play A Round Of Golf

Three playable and scenic golf courses grace Kapalua. The Kapalua Village Course, the Kapalua Bay Course, and the Kapalua Plantation Course all have multiple sets of tees so that golfers of all skill levels can have fun. One of the dominant features of all of the courses is the wind. It is a factor on all but the most unusual days. The views are breathtaking and often distract from the task at hand. This is specially true during whale season. There are two golf courses at Kaanapali, the North Course and South Course. Starting times can be made at the same number for both courses, 661-3691. The North course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened for play in 1962. It stretches out to almost 7,000 yards with a par of 71. The course rating and slope are respectable at 134 and 72.8. North is currently the home of the Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Senior PGA tour stop. In the 1980′s it was the venue for the LPGA’s Kemper Open. The North features rolling terrain and fabulous views along with Jones’ typical multi level greens. On this course finesse is more important than brute strength. The greens are Bermuda and the grain grows toward the setting sun, It is a factor on all putts. The South course is not as long, 6600 yards and plays to a par of 70. The slope is 127 and 70.7 is the course rating. Designed by Arthur Jack Snyder and opened in 1976 the South has narrower fairways but easier greens. Generally the South is a delightful, playable layout. Golf for Women’s Magazine has just named the Kaanapali South Course in the Top 100 Women Friendly U.S. Golf Courses. A whole cross section of golf facilities is located in central Maui, from exclusive golf club and spa to the basic county run municipal course. All are fun to play. On the road to Hana in Spreckelsville is Maui Country Club, the only private country club on the island. It is open for play 7 days per week but the public can only play on Mondays. Walking is allowed. The course was opened for play in 1925, making it the oldest golf facility on Maui. The course is nine holes so it is played twice and has a par of 74, length is 6500 yards. Slope is 111 and 70.2 is the course rating. The course is very well maintained. Silversword Golf Club in Kihei is a reasonably priced daily fee golf course. If it were attached to a resort the greens fees would be much higher. It is located on Lipoa Street near the Research Park and part of the course can be seen from the Piilani Highway. Opened in 1987 it is of moderate length, 6800 yards, par is 71, course rating is 72 and 124 is the slope. When the winds blow, Silversword is much harder than that. With multiple tees and wide fairways it is a reasonable test for all skill levels. Makena Resort is home to two excellent golf courses, North and South. They were redesigned and created from the original 18 holes at a cost in excess of $20,000,000. Robert Trent Jones Jr. was the designer in both cases. Both of these beauties wind through the natural landscape. Advantage was taken of all the rugged beauty that was already here.

Attend World-Class Golf Tournaments
Maui is the site for international golf tournaments. Professionals, celebrities, amateurs, and fans gather by the multitudes to compete on some of the best courses in the world. The golf gallery on Maui is a very civilized and casual sight. The tournaments held on Maui for the Senior PGA tour and the regular tours do not charge admission. As a result, the spectator gets a better view of the wonderfully talented pros that travel here every year. The last week of October signifies the Senior PGA Tour is here for the Hyatt Kaanapali Tournament. The biggest names on the Senior tour test their skills on the Kaanapali North golf course. The winning score always depends not only on the golfer but the favorable winds as well. Generally the event is great fun for spectators and players alike. Early in November the Regular Tour visits Kapalua for the Kapalua Invitational. Touring Pros from all over the world come to test their skills on the Kapalua Plantation golf course. As with all courses on Maui, the views are fabulous as well as the golf. Again, there is no admission charge to this event. The year closes out in December with a stellar field competing for the Callaway Hawaii State Open. The area of play is the Makena South golf course, one of Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s finest layouts.

Play Some Tennis
Maui offers a large number of tennis facilities. In addition to the public courts, most hotels and condos offer facilities to their guests. For evening games, most courts are equipped with lighting. The most popular hours would be early morning and early evening. Public Courts Hana – Hana Ball Park Kahului – Maui Community College Kahului Community Center Kahului War Memorial Complex Wailuku – Wells Park Kihei – Kalama Park Lahaina – Lahaina Civic Center Malu-ulu-olele Park Makawao – Eddie Tam Memorial Center Pukalani – Pukalani Community Center

Watch A Polo Match
Polo in Paradise?!? Yes and is it exciting! Admission is generally moderate. Maui enjoys two kinds of polo, arena and outdoor. From April through June at the Haleakala Ranch arena. From September through December at Baldwin Park, located just before Paia on the Hana Highway. There are also other tournaments held at various times of the year at other locations. The gates open at noon with the matches beginning at 1:00 PM. Special matches: June brings the George Manoa Cup Polo Match at the Haleakala Ranch. In November the Maui Polo Cup & Barbecue is held at the Oskie Rice Polo Field.

Go Bird Hunting
If you have quick reflexes, keen eyesight, the ability to maintain focus on the task and not the abundant beauty around you, then, perhaps bird hunting is for you. Some of the best bird hunting around is right here in Maui County. A number of well-known senior golfers make time in their busy schedules to try their hand at bird hunting here. Ring-necked pheasant, chukar (from Tibet) quail (Japanese and California varieties), doves and Rio Grande turkeys can be hunted on Maui. In addition Green Pheasants can only be found on Maui. Molokai has a special dove season. In all cases you should phone the local DLNR. for up-to-the-minute information.

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