Royal Ka'anapali

3.8235000000 3.8 stars from 5 (68)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6700 yards
  • Slope: 145
  • Rating: 79.6
  • Layout

  • 2290 Ka'anapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761, Maui County, USA
  • (808) 661-3691, (866) 454-4653
  • (808) 661-0203
  • www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com
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Year built: 1962
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1962)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Uliuli/Royal Blue (W) 71 6700 yards 79.6 145
Uliuli/Royal Blue 71 6700 yards 74.2 131
Keo Makamae/Sandy White 71 6267 yards 72.1 128
Keo Makamae/Sandy White (W) 71 6267 yards 77.2 139
Kula/Gold 71 5839 yards 70.0 125
Kula/Gold (W) 71 5839 yards 74.8 134
Pu Koko'o/Burgundy 71 5016 yards 65.5 121
Pu Koko'o/Burgundy (W) 71 5016 yards 70.1 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 68 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

52 out of 67 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks  

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"Excellent"


nakamurakim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great friendly staff. Nice course, good pace of play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000007129613's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We played this course later in the day and it was very quiet and we had no pressure. It is a tough course with a lot of sand traps and water hazards. It has beautiful scenery from almost every hole of the ocean and the islands out in front of Kaanapali Beach.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course."


u2719523's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Buy the 3 play package and save some money. Greens are in great shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Twilight Scam"


mcca694's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't let the $109 rate fool you. It's a twilight rate but you can only play until 6 pm. The marshal wouldn't even let me finish my hole. Not much drink service coming around on the cart. Just overall experience was bad. I'd go elsewhere


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Royal Kaanapalli is a great track...."


Lhornedfrogdavis's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolutely beautiful layout with great views of Lanai and Molokai across the channel. Stimulating layout with some great holes mixed in with ample scoring opportunities. Course was generally in great condition with the exception of the sandtraps which have not been reworked after last week's heavy rains.

This is a course that you need to play at least once and is a highlight for your trip to Maui. Unfortunately, the folks at Billy Casper golf know this and charge accordingly - hard to find a real good price on Royal Kaanapali. For the money, the Kai course is a better deal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor customer service and too expensive"


dofatharta's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the second time I played this course and I must admit, I'm not impressed. I generally give everyone the benefit of doubt but this course and management have really let themselves down.

The course is not in a good shape at all (recently punched) and the customer service is appalling. It's a very touristy course but the mantra 'the customer is always right' does not resonate with the management. They love their rules even though it didn't make any logical sense. Let me explain what I mean. The course was quiet and I wanted to play a round mid afternoon. My wife was with me and she loves to drive the cart and read a book. I was the only player teeing off on the given tee time but they insisted that my wife would need to pay the rider fee if she she wanted to join me. I was going to have a free seat on the cart irrespective, ruling it was policy that she would need to pay. A little practical common sense goes a long way and I couldn't believe that they made us pay. Watch out - the course will bleed you dry before giving anything back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"What a Hot Deal!"


Wrapper's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We loved our Kaanapali Royal golf round. Thank you, GolfNow!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lahaina royal course"


Vieiraxxxx's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was nice, however I've played courses that were considerably nicer for half the price! There are three other courses on Maui (maui nui, Pukalani, and Kahili) that have the same if not better views for half and Evan 1/3 of the price! All of the on course staff was great, very friendly and helpful! That is until the round was over! Me and my son went upstairs to get a ice tea and a coke. The bar tender asked what we wanted and then disappeared for 10 minutes! After finally getting our drinks he never refilled or ever offered to refill then despite sitting empty for another 10 minutes!

All and all, course and golf staff were great but the bar sucked!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Customer service"


douglas3027337's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course a lot and don't remember the

staff in the pro shop so moosh, the 2 girls behind the counter...no personality what so ever....no hi how are you,,how's your day going so far,,, have a good round,,,

nothing just give me your money, the worst customer service i have ever seen there!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A terrific day in Paradise"


JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2016
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This was as enjoyable of a round as I've had in a long, long time. A top-10 experience because of so many factors.

For starters, we played with with director of instruction - David Havens. He was awesome. So helpful, so friendly and a great way to play with course because of his helpful knowledge of the place.

The greens were spectacular. And I don't say that lightly. They were as good as anything I've seen, maybe ever. They were so pure and nearly perfect. You knew you'd always get a true roll.

The layout is great too. You can spray it a little off the tee and get away with it, but the holes are a great collection and the par 3s are particularly memorable. When/if you hit it in the water on the 17th hole (it's a real possibility) make sure you take a look at the sign that's in the pond. Classic.

Take some time to enjoy the views of the ocean. You can see if from almost everywhere on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Good resort track"


u000008223065's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2016
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Expect to pay resort prices (esp for Maui)! That being said, the course is in good shape. No issues with staff or pace of play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"bring your coupons and discounts otherwise not worth it"


Jeff9066806's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

unfriendly staff (and that buggs me); no walking aloud; slow play even for midweek and the Marshals did nothing about it; golf range is lousy (mats, irons only, lousy staff); on to the game..fairways are WIDE OPEN with the exception of one; if you stay at a Westin Resort discounts and coupons available otherwise it's not worth the regular rate. Also bring your clubs and water bottle otherwise you will get fees here and fees there. After 18 they do give you a nicely cooled towel but I just can't see paying $4.50 for a 6oz beer at the bar.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Slow play and not very memorable course"


hawkeyegolfer's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I got a really good deal on an internet tee time website so I played this course or a greatly reduced rate. It is not worth the full rate. The course was pretty challenging with some of the holes being fairly long and we had a strong breeze and rain on some. There were not any really memorable holes. Number 5 goes by the beach and number 17 is a par 3 over water. Overall it's an ok course that I would play again but not for the normal rate. The pace was also incredibly slow since there was a birthday outing of 40 people in front of us. The ranger said they were all slow and he couldn't do anything. I finished before dark so I was not too upset but there were a lot of people behind me that I'm sure didn't finish. Kapalua courses are MUCH nicer and can get on Bay for about the same rate.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/02/2016

Thanks for your feedback.


"Original Robert Trent Jones Old-Style Tract in Excellent Condition"


kungfu78's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Came back here to play after 12 years or so. Still an excellent test of golf even with relatively moderate trade wind conditions. Found a good deal on Golfnow, and then got another discount when we showed up at the course: $ 60 green fee which is very reasonable for a course of this standing. The back nine par is 34, with 7 par 4's and 2 par 3's, and the front nine par is 37 with 3 par 5's and 2 par 3's. I can't remember the last time I played at any course with this unusual break-down of holes. The ocean views are excellent and you can't beat the ideal location. Also nice to play on Bermuda-type greens with grain.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"punched greens"


mauinut's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

heavy wind made track extra difficult. greens had been punched 10 days before but had not healed. fairways in good condition. plenty of callenge. great views.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course in great condition"


Bomber123's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2015
Previously played Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is a great course with great features. The greens are smooth and a good speed and the fairways are also in great shape. It's pretty challenging and their is a good amount of water.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Really fun course, and well priced for the area"


sdogra24's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

The Royal course provided a fun golf experience, with minimal waiting. The course doesn't compare to the Bay or Plantation courses in the area, but is also much more reasonably priced to play. The club house is extremely friendly, and the course is well-maintained. Would definitely recommend it to others.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course has great views."


cujo65's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course has great views and the course was in great shape. The greens were running very fast and course was in excellent shape. The afternoon winds make the course very hard to make good shots. The price to play is a little high. Next time I would play the bay course at Kapalua it's better for your dollar.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great eleavation changes"


u000002000972's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

would definitely play again, need local knowledge of the greens


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Maybe it's the weather but..."


u000007315634's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape and was fun to play but... I'd play The Dunes twice and have dinner or spend the extra money for Kapalua before returning to Kanapali. Cigars were overpriced, sold me a $3 bic lighter... just not a value play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



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