Ka'anapali Kai

3.6860000000 3.7 stars from 5 (86)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6388 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 70.7
  • Layout

  • Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, 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): Jack Snyder
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: Yes
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Lava 70 6388 yards 70.7 135
Lava (W) 70 6388 yards 76.6 130
Sand 70 6010 yards 69.0 130
Sand (W) 70 6010 yards 74.4 125
Fern 70 5563 yards 67.1 126
Fern (W) 70 5563 yards 71.9 120
Hibiscus 70 4522 yards 62.2 109
Hibiscus (W) 70 4522 yards 66.2 112

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 86 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
41
3 stars:
19
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

68 out of 85 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"Great course with beautiful views"


AustinHenson's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

My girl friend and I played this course during our last day on vacation to Maui (Saturday). When we arrived the gentleman in the Pro Shop was extremely helpful with our club and locker rentals. Fortunately, we were able to go off about 45 minutes before our scheduled tee time and did not encounter any pace of play issues to the front or behind us for about 14 holes. The course overlooked the ocean and had amazing scenic views. I would highly recommend this course to anyone on vacation in Maui.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Hard on"


u957600906's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played with s pro and preacher pro shot one over preach and I prayed allot of fun Blues are tuff play from whited


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u957600906's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Disapointment"


ultronr1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We arrive at 30 minutes prior to our tee time. Upon arrival we were told that the greens had been airaided and sanded. We given the option of the Royal course for $50 each. I felted I trapped after planning this outing prior leaving for Hawaii.

The greens had more sand than the bunkers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course, sand traps disgraceful"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, enjoyed the conditions, but sand traps were terrible.

Recommend adding sand and raking on a daily basis.

Heard the traps on the royal course are 100% better.

Overall enjoyed course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Kanapali Kai"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can't really say anything bad about the course. The Royal is in better condition ( same grounds crew?). The Kai course might be more friendly for the average golfer. My wife played from the Fern tees and it was quite challenging for her. If you are staying in west Maui you only have four courses to choose and Kai is the least expensive. My only complaint are the bunkers. I'm no expert but that's not sand looks and plays more like dirt. It's also inconsistent in depth. I was in about three traps during the round and it took awhile to get it thru my thick head how to play a chip shot out of the bunkers. Personally I like Kahili Golf Club.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"slowest round ever"


kspink's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

After playing the course earlier in the week I was looking forward to playing again. Heading out as a single at 3:00 pm I thought I would be able to at least get 9+ holes in before the mandatory 6:00 pm cart return time. I was wrong. On the first tee I found I was behind very slow and 2-somes and 4-some. I tried moving to various holes to find a gap but was unsuccessful. I found that there were multiple 5-somes on the course (yes 5-somes). After 1.5 hours and only 4 holes I decided enough was enough and returned to the clubhouse. Unacceptable. When I went back to the pro-shop to try the Royal course but was not given the option. I will not play here again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"great day"


kspink's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful vacation course. Not too challenging, beautiful views, and the course was in great shape even with the recent rains. Wide fairways but tough rolling greens. Almost every green is protected by traps which I would try to avoid at all costs. Even my wife broke 100. Saved almost 50% with golfnow. Very enjoyable experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Lacking a lot"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played on nicer public courses at home for a lot less. Did get a new cart, that was the upside.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"AVERAGE COURSE - ASK ABOUT CONDITIONS"


HHowell's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course layout is fantastic with scenic views. The greens are better than good and somewhat difficult to read. However, the fairways were barely average. The grass coverage was very sparse in some areas and reasonably good in other areas. I expected much better fairway conditions for the price we paid. I advise caution for selecting this course for play. I feel like course management took advantage of me because I came as a visitor from a cruise ship.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"mixed feelings"


u000001378573's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Good course but some of staff prickly. Overbook the course for locals.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



rmpeebles's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Forgiving fairways, reasonable length . Tricky greens due to Bermuda grass , mountainside break, and undulation. - makes low scores harder then one would expect. Beautiful views though not oceanside.. Nothing tricked up or gimmicky which I like.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A Fun Challenge"


Camille6371152's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a great time playing this course! It was challenging but fair. From my golfshot preview of it it didn't look that interesting but the reality of the course was very interesting indeed. The course was in excellent condition. However, it's a must that you either stay in the fairway or watch your ball carefully until it stops. The rough was a bit high on most holes so balls in the rough were easily lost or at best usually took a while to find and ended up where I didn't expect them to be. There are some blind holes where it's not possible to keep an eye on it so you might lose a few balls.

I started off the round on the second tees thinking that the forward tees would be too easy--Not! For the second half played the forward tees and enjoyed that much better.

Wish I could have taken advantage of the discounted replay round to give this course another go round. Definitely recommend this course and would love to play again.


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


"Greens execellent but overall experience underwhelming"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

we teed off at 7:18 to avoid mid-day heat. Fairways' grass condition was average but they were water-saturated from night watering. Traps were also saturated and not yet raked so full of foot prints etc..

The greens were excellent; speedy and very challenging.

Many holes border the highway so not a peaceful experience.

I suspect that the Royal Course is in better shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Amazing views"


u590733389's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our first time playing on this course. It was advertised as the easier of the two Kaanapali courses. It might have been but the wind almost blew us off the hill. It seem like every hole was going against the wind. The views were spectacular in the course was in decent shape. After four hours we were both worn out!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Red Headed Step Child"


one4dgolf's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A once excellent course has been long neglected.

Turn over in staff and extremely poor customer service had a negative affect on my experience.

The Kai at Kaanapali has so many issues, I'll just jump to the glaring:

- Fairway has brown spots on almost every hole.

- there is no first cut rough; the rough that remains is no longer cut daily; A good drive that rolls out just a few feet in the rough can easily get lost ( causing unnecessary lost balls and delay of play).

-There is tall grass weeds growing on tee boxes AND greens/fringes.

- Several greens had large craters/dead patches and/or ant hills that have nearly destroyed the putting surfaces.

- Bunkers are in terrible condition… Weeds growing out of many of them… Felt from the bottom coming up, due to hardly any sand left in most of them.

- Price is extremely high for the condition of this course: $80 for super twilight!

If you're going to spend over $130 for a round of golf… Might as will head up to the bay course and get your moneys worth and excellent service to boot.

Also worth noting, I have been a long time loyal customer to Kaanapali golf courses, but this last visit I was treated rudely by a staff member and I will not return.

There's a few great employees-- notably the boys downstairs--that remain here provide awesome service, unfortunately the "bad apples" spoiled my experience.

Rumor is the Kai is about to shut down and Kaanapali will be converted to a 27 hole course. A rebirth will be excellent opportunity for this once great facility.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Nice track"


scottdavis39's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hard to be objective when playing behind a five some. Group should have moved up two tee boxes. Never saw a Marshall. Nice track. Tough to wait on every tee box.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Nice Track"


AZCoachJerry's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

We found the courses to be fun and challenging. We played the Kai in the morning and the Royal in the afternoon. The rough was a bit long on the day we played, so be very cognizant of where the ball lands if you stray off the fairway. The fairways were in excellent conditions, mowed to a uniform height and are well maintained. The greens rolled true, but appeared to have been dyed to uniform color. The provided GPS on the carts was beneficial. The GPS provided an overview of each hole. The morning staff was above excellent. The Pro Shop and outside service personnel greeted and treated us like we were members. My bias is showing regarding the warm up range, the balls are limited flight and a person is mandated to hit off mats. A note of caution, the cart fleet is old. Once your cart indicates a sign of low battery charge, call for a replacement.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Straight drives, but ball lost"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great time and enjoyed the panoramic views which are so unlike our home playing grounds . One frustration for my husband was losing Three balls on beautiful looking drives that could not be found when we got to the presumed landing site. We didn't want to hold up play so he just dropped a ball. I don't think a mongoose stole the ball,but it was frustrating!


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


"Greens airified and sanded"


dianeburns45's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

I would not have booked a tee time if I would have known greens were just airified and heavily sanded. We just played automatic 2 putts. Once flagged was pulled, you could not even see the hole if you had a long putt.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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