Kapalua Resort - The Plantation Course

4.8529411765 4.9 stars from 5 (25)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 73
  • Length: 7411 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 77.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 73 7411 yards 77.2 144
Regular 73 6674 yards 73.3 140
Regular (W) 75 6674 yards 80.2 144
Resort (W) 75 6019 yards 78.3 142
Resort 73 6019 yards 71.5 132
Forward 73 5627 yards 68.2 127
Forward (W) 75 5627 yards 74.2 133

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 25 Reviews
5 stars:
24
4 stars:
0
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

24 out of 25 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include elevation changes   Great for 19th hole scenic views  

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"Spectacular and tough"


bmsmith152's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I'd seen the pros play this course on TV but seeing it in person was an eye opener. How can those pros walk this course 4 straight days? Talk about elevation change!! For us it seemed like every downhill hole was also down wind, whereas all the uphill shots were into the wind. And wind there was. This course is known for wind and it delivered!! I have to admit though it's pretty awesome to blast one way down the fairway on 17 and 18 - almost felt like Dustin Johnson. Not so much on others, like number 10 which was uphill and into the wind (lol).

There are several holes where lack of knowledge is a problem. Two holes feature blind tee shots and with an aiming post, and a few have gulleys running through the fairways that can really hurt you if you are on the down slope or roll into the deeper rough. The first hole is not a driver hole although it looks like one. The starter will clue you in on what to hit but on other holes be sure to check the gps system to see what lies ahead.

We played 6 courses in Hawaii and these greens were by far the fastest especially downhill. Uphill putts tend to come up short, and lord help you on cross hill putts which can break feet.

The views from most of the holes are simply spectacular. Don't let the extreme challenge of every hole distract you from enjoying the fact you are on one of the most beautiful golf courses around.

It's expensive but should be on your bucket list - you'll not regret the experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"More than just eye candy"


Dan1499450's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

If you’re going to take time to play golf in Paradise, shouldn’t it be something unique. C+C at their best. Created a course that can host a pro tournament, and more importantly, is playable and fun for the amateur golfer. Generous fairways, multiple angles for approach, just enough character to the greens to make you smile. This was never designed to be a walking course, so accept it and enjoy the ride. We caught a headwind on 17 and 18 and still finished with a smile. All the other courses on the island could be found on the mainland. This is a must play original on Maui!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/22/2018

Kapalua bumps Cabo Del Sol-Ocean out of my top 10 ever played.


"Too hard for hackers"


u000004755012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Too many valleys with high rough to hit over. Views were great, but no real ocean holes. Just not playable for bogey golfers. Play Kaanapali or Wailea instead.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A Bucket List course"


paulie2336's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I loved playing the course. It's very expensive, so not something you'd want to do too often, but I loved. Every view is fantastic. I had expected the course to be a slog, reading other reviews, like no flat lies and such. But it wasn't like that. It's hard, and the greens can take time getting used to (I assume, though I never did). But it lived up to how it looks on TV, and I loved playing it. I haven't played any of the real top bucket list type courses (pinehurst, pebble, etc.), but this must rank up there. Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Incredible"


MastersChamp2's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This was a fantastic course, all of the 11 holes I played. My tee time was 3 o'clock, usually that would be long enough to finish but unfortunately I saw nothing but hackers out in front of me. To make matters worse, it was cart path only because it was the week before the PGA tournament of Champions. When going to Maui you should definitely play this course, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But, get an early tee time and when out on the course just enjoy the day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"


cwimer62's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've played quite a few great courses in my 25 of playing this great game (Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgras) and let me tell you -- Kapalua Plantation is as good as it gets. The staff is TOP NOTCH and the course conditions are even better. It's priced fairly for a course of this magnitude. Treat yourself. Bring a camera and be prepared to be more focused on the stunning views than on your golf game. 3 putting doesn't seem so bad when you are overlooking the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of the most scenic courses in all of golf"


wkdgolfer53's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played the Plantation Course back in May during a visit to Maui, and seeing it now getting ready to host the PGA I thought I would write a review.

Playing at Kapalua is an amazing experience! The views are iconic with the blue ocean and Molokai in the background on most holes. The fairways are fairly wide open with lots of undulation, but what makes this course challenging is the greens. It definitely takes several holes to get used to putting, and you especially have to know how the greens roll in relationship to the direction of Molokai (ask the started before going out about this). My favorite holes are Number 5 (par 5 that wraps around a large ravine), Number 8 (challenging par 3 over a ravine), Number 16 (short par 4 with a double fairway and lots of sandtraps), and number 17 (downhill par 4 with perhaps the best views on the course). Overall I would say this is a course you need to play once in your life.

Pros: Scenery and views!!! Great condition, overall very playable despite having challenging greens, first-class clubhouse amenities

Cons: For a PGA caliber course the driving range is lacking (very small and narrow), price is hefty but you get what you pay for, might be a challenging walk with a few holes that have a large distance between them


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Majestic"


frugalguy's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Plantation course led up to its name. This is Long and demanding course for the average golfer. Bay course is definitely more manageable especially for less skilled golfers. Grouped together with 3 other guys from different parts of the planet. This was fun as we were all on vacation and looking forward to playing this course, many blind shots, was helpful having GPS on carts. We were the last group to finish as the sun was setting, very memorable round of golf. Be careful of weather or wetness: in the morning it was cart path only, by the time we teed off it was 90’ and within an hour that was lifted. I connet imaging using only cart path on a course of this size.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"TV does not do this justice"


Kjohn33340's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

If you are more than a casual golfer, this course must be on your bucket list, it is really worth the time, travel and money to play here. It is a course with more breathtaking views than you can imagine and challenges on the course that can leave you physically and mentally exhausted. Most golfers are familiar with the back nine from the PGA Tour and 17 and 18 are wonderful holes....grip it and rip it and brag to your friends back home how you made par on these long holes.....it's doable. The front nine is a mental challenge with long par 3s and challenging short and long par 4s that really make you think. We played on Super Bowl Sunday when winds were steady at 25 gusting to 35 and had a wonderful time. My wife and I were worn out from the wind but slept well that night.....it kind of reminded us of Tralee but 40 degrees warmer. The greens were a little bare but that was not a factor. The staff was marvelous, especially the starter, and the practice facilities were excellent. Play this course, pick the right tee box and test your skill; you will get a true perspective of how good PGA professionals truly are. As an aside, to the Falcon fans in the 19th hole who rejoiced at having a 21 point lead when we left......I told you so!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome experience"


u000006377576's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Memories for a lifetime. If you ever get a chance to play this course, do it. Yes, it is expensive, but for most of us it is a once in a lifetime round. I played from the resort tees. I'm a bogey golfer and found it very playable from these tees. Beware the false fronts and have fun on the greens because they will have you shaking your head. It's easy to forget you're golfing because of the views. Take it all in, enjoy it all, and don't worry so much about your score.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Kapalua Plantation Course... dont forget to golf"


Scott5891393's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

I have played many courses much closer to the Ocean however I have never had views like the ones you get at the Plantation course at Kapalua. When I mentioned "don't forget to golf" I meant 2 things.

1. If you make it to the Island of Maui please find time to play this despite the price that may detract a few players. Its worth the cash for the view alone, which brings me to ...#2

2. The views can easily take your mind off the task at hand. We all love to play well at good courses but I felt OK with an 80 at Kapalua because I felt I got the opportunity to play and view this 5 Star course. Breaching Whales in the distance brought just as much joy as a birdie.

Staff were very insightful as they disclosed to me to spend a little extra time on the putting green since this course has the highest putting average on tour.

Plantation Restaurant continued to provide amazing views as we quenched our palate.

No fault of Kapalua but they had taken amazing amounts of rain in early December and it still seemed somewhat wet just a weak before the SBS TOC.

$300 price tag and I still would play again. This time I will not forget to golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Confounding round"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Despite the course's relative short length, this is one of the toughest courses I've ever played. This is largely due to the wind and slope. I was out of position many times and here that mistake usually costs two strokes instead of one. The course sits on the side of a mountain on an old pineapple plantation, so you are going to get some quirky bounces, egregious rollouts and weird stances. The greens are super quick and a month the grainiest I've ever encountered. Chipping downgrain will cause you to have nightmares. The greens are very difficult to hole putts. Aside from the heavy grain, you must always be aware of where you are in relation to the western-most tip of the island of Molokai. This is significant because all putts on the course will wander toward it. It is uncanny. Even putts that look like they can't possibly break uphill toward that point inevitably will. I cannot imagine how baffling putting here would be without knowing that tip. Your ability to club properly because of the elevation changes and slopes will be at a premium. Driving range is a bit cramped. After the round, don't miss having a beverage in the bar overlooking the 18th fairway. It is one of the great 19th-hole views in the world.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Bucket List Course"


Bbalking24's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2016
First time playing Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Plantation Course was everything i expected and more!! It is visually stunning when you watch it every year on TV but playing the course is another story. Every hole has a different challenge and you are surrounded by pure Hawaiian beauty. This should be a course on every golfers bucket list. This is in the top 5 of my favorite courses ever played and i will be back for sure!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great Course"


u00000129690's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've had the good fortune of being able to play Plantation at least 20 times, so I have the advantage of some local knowledge. Certainly everyone wants to play here because it's a stop on the PGA tour, but in my experience some people shouldn't play here. Their skills don't match the difficulties of the course in most cases. Plantation is the type of course that has a different personality on every hole and even that personality can change based on what the trade winds are doing that day. It's a course when you really need to put the ball in the right spot, on the fairways and especially the greens. On some holes, you are aiming away from the flag in order to have a successful approach shot. For people not experienced with Plantation, that can be very frustrating. Also, put your ego aside and be prepared to take a 4 iron for a 150 yard shot. The winds can be that strong. The scenery is beautiful no doubt and part of the fun here is the challenge but if you're looking for a stress free round here, this is not the place as it can expose weaknesses in your game pretty quickly if your swing is loose.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This is a course every golfer must play"


hawkeyegolfer's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is my all time favorite. The views are spectacular. Every hole is memorable. Long downhill, downwind holes and short uphill, into the wind holes so the course is playable for decent golfers. I am about a 9 hc and a kinda short hitter but the gold tees at 6600 yards didn't seem that long because of the downhill roll you get. Got a discount on an internet site which made it even better but even for full price this course is worth it. I had played it a couple years ago in the rain but this time the weather was perfect. With the Prince course closed on Kauai there is no public course in Hawaii that comes close to this one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bucket list course"


u000006162017's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

It was breathtaking. I've played golf a lot of places, but this was the most beautiful. Absolutely stunning. The course is difficult, but manageable. My friends would say this is "not a woman friendly course" and that is probably true, but I'm not a typical woman golfer! I loved it. We played 4 rounds in 3 days, and I love, love, love this course!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"worth every penny!"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2015
First time playing Average weather

Reviewed on

not sure what there is to say about this course! it's a classic. if you've watched the PGA Tournament of Champions on TV then surely you already know this a course everyone should get to play.

it's a tough course by any measure. it's long, hilly, and the greens are pretty small. the weather is also a wild card. the day i played little rain storms rolled through every 10-15 minutes for the first 12 holes. the wind was pretty constant all day. it was impossible to get comfortable with the ever changing conditions. between the weather and constantly uneven lies your body and brain are working overtime.

the course is laid out to make the most challenge out of the prevailing winds... short par 4s tend to be directly into the wind and/or uphill, and long par 4s tend to be downwind. so you never really catch a break and get an easy hole.

as you'd expect, the views are pretty glorious. certainly one of the magnificent settings possible for a golf course.

if you are in the area, and can swing the pretty lofty price tag, it is well worth it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/08/2016

The greens average 8,000 sq feet, not exactly small.


"A great challenge"


Bomber123's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is a great course. It's very challenging but it's not silly. The views are spectacular and there are a lot of obstacles. If your not an experienced player this might not be your favorite because their are a lot of carries. The course is in great shape and there is a lot of history because of the Hyundai Tournament Of Champions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Test"


u000008030830's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course was all that i imagined it would be, very tough, but enjoyable to play. the greens were very difficult to read, and extremely large. not uncommon to have a putt over 100 ft. so, needless to say, i 3 putted a few more times than i like to admit! it ranks as my favorite course i've ever played. i played TPC Sawgrass recently, and truly enjoyed playing there also, and i did score better there, but nothing compares to the scenic views you are surrounded by at the Plantation Course! Yes, its expensive, but i t was on my bucket list of 1 of the golf courses I wanted to play, and was well worth the green fees. Very friendly atmosphere, and everyone is treated very special.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hyundai Challenge"


06godzillagolf's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If you are in the islands skip all the other courses cause this is the only one to play. I wont complain about the facility, price ($300) with rider, cheesy Titleist clubs as rental... How often will this chance come up. Don't try to walk it. Many blind tee shots. Play the right tee's, don't let your ego get in the way and: ENJOY golf in PARADISE!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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