Manele Golf Course

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5.0
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4.6
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
5.0
Pace
4.9
Amenities
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7039
Slope 135
Rating 73.7
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Nicklaus 72 7039 yards 73.7 135
Gold 72 6684 yards 71.1 130
Blue 72 6310 yards 70.4 126
White (W) 72 5847 yards 73.2 129
White 72 5847 yards 68.3 123
Red 72 5024 yards 64.6 115
Red (W) 72 5024 yards 68.8 119
Scorecard for Manele Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Nicklaus M: 73.7/135 373 442 171 506 462 544 172 210 556 3436 400 589 202 345 195 538 458 444 432 3603 7039
Gold M: 71.1/130 362 424 158 499 452 531 152 194 544 3316 374 559 185 314 182 518 431 392 413 3368 6684
Blue M: 70.4/126 312 395 137 489 433 509 143 185 525 3128 358 531 153 302 154 496 420 373 395 3182 6310
White M: 68.3/123 W: 73.2/129 298 380 118 474 412 476 133 166 497 2954 332 510 103 279 131 479 371 347 341 2893 5847
Red M: 64.6/115 W: 69.4/119 228 305 109 426 318 426 121 153 434 2520 254 431 65 260 102 419 343 320 310 2504 5024
Handicap 13 3 17 11 1 9 15 5 7 14 10 8 18 16 12 4 2 6
Par 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 3 5 36 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Handicap 15-19
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Best golf course in Hawaii !

This is simply the best golf course in Hawaii. There is never a crowd, you can play 18 holes in under 3 hours and you will never see another player. The golf course is picture perfect on every hole and every hole as an ocean view. The golf team are the most friendly and helpful I have ever experienced. Try one ball off the black tee on #12, just for the pure fun of it !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

It just doesn't get any better than this

Quite simply the best golf experience I've ever had in Hawaii.

We made friends with David Havens a year ago and he promised that if we came back he'd plan this terrific trip for us. He pulled it off in spades.

We met for the 6:30AM shuttle out of Lahaina and spent the day on Lanai. The golf was superb. I was afraid to take a swat on the practice range because it was so perfect.

Each hole is memorable and the views of the ocean and other islands are breathtaking. I took tons of photos on the front nine only to realize that there were even better photo-ops on the back nine.

After we were done, we sat out and had late lunch and drinks before heading back on the ferry to Lahaina. A day I'll never forget, and I've had more than my fair share of great ones on the golf course. (The staff was incredibly kind too...!)

Mahalo.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Manele has my vote as Hawaii's best course

The battle for Hawaii's best resort course might not be as clear-cut as people think. Sure, Kapalua's iconic Plantation course has glorious ocean views that stretch for miles, a long-standing history with the PGA TOUR and plenty of creative holes by the famous team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

But after playing Manele for three straight days, I'm drinking all the Jack that Mr. Nicklaus serves up on Lānaʻi's cliff-side stunner built in the 1990s. I played the course in three different winds this week - howling, soft and a complete directional shift - and loved how the layout played each way. The fairways are infinitely wide, usually with a bunker on one side just to make you sweat, although occasionally with one menacing in the middle of the fairway (4 and 16). The cliffside holes - the par 3 12th and par 4 17th - are legendary, but there are ocean views from nearly every hole. The front nine goes out in three par 3s, including back to back at 7-8, and three par 5s - a combination that promotes scoring and shot-making. There's even an interesting short par 4 on the cliffs (no. 13). My favorite holes - the par 5 11th and par 4 16th - sweep majestically downhill toward the ocean. No. 11 features a cool kick-point in the fairway near the green that just might send your approach shot rolling onto the green for a putt at eagle, just like you've seen on TV at Kapalua's famous finishing hole.

Now that only Four Seasons guests have access to Manele, it's as exclusive a golf experience as a resort stay can buy.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

The Challenge at Manele Bay

My goal was to play 36 which is possible if you take the 6:45 am ferry over. The course closes at 4:30, the shuttle picks you at 4:00, I finished at 3:30 with time for a shower. I played as a single, my wife rode along for an extra charge, the pace of play is brisk with a 20 minute warm up session, lunch eaten on the course, by calling in your lunch order. We thought we would have a tough time getting in 36, but we could have used the extra time after the round, before the 6:45 pm ferry for snorkeling down at the bay which is a top rated Hawaii beach. The course was in exquisite shape. I noted on the rating that the course as being extremely challenging, but in truth it is very fair. It demands good driving, I played the gold tees, one removed from the Championship tees at 6684 yards, shot rounds of 88 and 84 and feel that the course would definitely yield much lower scores. The bottom line, definitely would recommend that a golfer takes the time to play this beautiful course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Stunning views

No doubt this is a beautiful course. Staff is friendly but prior planning will help. The ferry over takes longer than expected. Food is scarce depending on your tee time; restaurants open only 11-3, bev cart was out of wraps, no food or drink at ferry terminal. $ 215 to play, $60 round trip ferry, $20 entrance fee....but it's really full of stunning views! Would I recommend? Yes, but with caveats. We joked that the experience and challenge really referred to getting there. Btw : greens are slow and don't break as much as you think.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Featured
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Spectacular course, not to be missed!

Beautiful views from every hole. Best course we played in two weeks in Hawaii! The course conditions were perfect, and a Great deal. We got tee times, round trip ferry service and shuttle to and from Lahaina harbor. Thank you Golf Now!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Amazing Course - if on Lanai, a must do.

We took the ferry from Lanai and played the Challenge. Amazing views, great staff, and was not full at all. Definitely should do if in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

course was great

The course was challenging but still fun to play, minus the 50mph wind. Staff were friendly, food was great. We look foward to coming back and playing it again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Always such a pleasure to play

This was our third time to ferry over and play the Challenge. It is such a beautiful course. They have cut down a lot of trees opening more views to the ocean on the back 9. The name speaks for itself. It is a challenge to play, however, I only lost a couple balls! The ravines and fairway obstacles and angles make it fun and very challenging. The course was in great shape. The outside staff was very friendly and accommodating. We got distracted watching dolphins play while on #18.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

What a course!

Absolutely fabulous, every hole is on the water. Would go back in a heart beat. The restaurant was great, the staff at the pro shop and restaurant were pros! Excellent condition, like walking on a carpet. No ball marks on the greens and very well maintained. Beautiful, beautiful my beautiful wife absolutely loved the course. We will be back in the future. One great thing about the trip was the boat ride to and from Lahaina to Lanai......

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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