Maui Golf Rounds Presents:
Ka'anapali Royal and Kai Courses
A long time favorite for West Side golfers, it has one of Maui's few oceanfront holes, #14.
This Robert Trent Jones classic design was Maui's first resort golf course opening back in 1962. Kaanapali North hosted the World Cup in 1964 when Nicklaus and Palmer teamed up to win and shoot the course record 64.
Surrounded by hotels and condos, this is a popular course for the Kaanapali visitors. Play early before the trades blow in and make the course more challenging.
This course also hosted the Senior PGA event for 10 years. It's famous for its demanding finishing holes with lots of water to navigate. This year, Kaanapali renamed the North Course "The Royal Course" as it was when it first opened.
The Kai Course was redesigned in 2005 with new greens and tee boxes and reopened in November of that year with a different name.
This shorter resort course offers lots of challenge as it's tight but fun. With its southern location in Ka'anapali it can be windy on the Royal Course but calm on the Kai.
One of the fun features is that it runs along the Ka'anapali Sugar Cane Train route and the train riders wave as they go merrily along. Be aware though, the engineers like to blow the steam whistle right in the middle of a stroke at the ball.
The railroad trestle at hole #4 is a great photo op. Fun to play in the afternoon after a morning on Ka'anapali's white sand beach.