Closer look: Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort on Maui, Hawaii can't be overstated

LAHAINA, Maui, Hawaii -- The par-73, 7,411-yard Plantation Course, the jewel of Kapalua located on Maui's northwest shore, is one big golf course.

Big slopes, big holes and really big views make the Plantation one of the most visually stunning golf courses in the world. The change of elevation is akin to some of the biggest mountain courses in the world, with spectacular Pacific Ocean views throughout the course.

Sloping fairways and greens also make this Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore design one of the most interesting courses on the planet. The grand scale of the course unfolds across natural geographic formations and pineapple plantation fields creating angles, bounces and rolls seen on few other courses.

The course record, by the way, is 62 set by K.J. Choi at the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Championship and Graeme McDowell at the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Mar 26, 2013

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.