Hawaii on the cheap: Maui golf courses that are easy on the wallet

By Travel ArticlesFebruary 1, 2013, 9:53 pm

KAHULUI, MAUI, Hawaii -- Face it, enjoying your vacation can be a little expensive ... especially if you're looking to play golf. Add in a spot like Maui and that 18 holes of golf in paradise can get a bit expensive.

Luckily, we're here to give you a few tips on places to play that won't break the bank, and will also give you a golf outing that will leave money in your wallet for another round -- or two.

Grab your clubs and get ready to see some of the best values on Maui, 18 holes at a time. These golf courses often have listed rates of less than $100. Add in tropical breezes, swaying palm trees and nicely designed golf layouts, and you've got a bargain on your hands.

Let's tee it up.

The Dunes at Maui Lani

The Dunes at Maui Lani, a Robin Nelson design, not only is affordable no matter what time you play, but it's a solid test of golf.

The layout takes players on a links-style journey with elevation changes galore. At 6,841 yards, it's not an overly lengthy course, but from the tips, it's all the test a player can want.

The par 5s range from short -- the 509-yards fourth -- to PGA Tour-length -- 588 yards on the 18th -- and will provide players a variety of shot-making challenges. Going for the green in two on these holes may seem like a good idea, but elevation changes and wind, along with perfectly placed bunkering, might change players' minds.

Overall, the Dunes at Maui Lani may provide the most bang for your buck on Maui. And it's a course that will certainly bring you back for more.

Kahili Golf Club

The sister course to King Kamehameha Golf Club, Kahili Golf Club is a picturesque, tree-lined course and is another Robin Nelson design (along with Rodney Wright).

With the shorter length, just 6,554 yards from the tips, the course is certainly a layout that lends itself to players of every ability. The par-3 eighth, at 189 yards (from the tips), is one of the most picturesque on the course. The tee shot plays entirely over a pond to a large but undulating green.

Add in elevation changes, and you've got a course that won't beat players up but will provide challenges on every hole. It's a great course that will make players think their way around.

The combination of affordable pricing and solid layout are a winner.

Elleair Maui Golf Club

Another centrally located course, Elleair Maui Golf Club combines views, elevation changes and large greens on this Bill Newis layout.

On the course, golfers will face 6,801 yards of rolling fairways and greens that are receptive. Their large size, however, will definitely test players' putting skills. Add in views of the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Haleakala, Molokini and the West Mountains, and players might find it difficult to concentrate on their golf.

Also on hand is one of the best practice facilities around where players can stretch out and work on every aspect of their game.

Pukalani Country Club

Just south of the airport, Pukalani Country Club is nestled into the hillsides of 'Upcountry' Maui. Dramatic views, rolling terrain, elevation changes and tree-lined fairways add up to a golf outing that is well worth the price.

This Bob Baldock-designed course is 6,962 yards from the tips, so players can let 'er rip if they hit it straight. Tree-lined fairways make up for the fact there are no fairway bunkers. But the greens have more than their share of bunkering.

One of the more impressive features on the course is the par 3s. They all require pin-point accuracy as ravines and gorges come into play on a couple of them. Don't bother looking for your golf balls if you come up short.

The par-3 third hole is one players will always remember, because they have the choice of two greens: a tougher shot over a ravine or a less-intimidating iron shot to a well bunkered green about 80 feet below the tee box. Players will find both are large and receptive, if they manage to hit the green.

Wailea Golf Club's Old Blue Course

With great views of neighboring islands as well as Mt. Haleakala, Wailea Golf Club's Old Blue Course is a nice stroll through one of Maui's classic old courses, filled with trees and true-rolling greens.

The Jack Snyder design measures 6,765 yards from the tips, but at sea level, players will find it's a big-hitting test. The par 3s here also provide quite the challenge with water, bunkers and length teaming up to test even the best players.

There you have it, five golf courses that will impress and test players -- plus leave a few bucks in the wallet for post-round dinner and drinks.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.