Royal Ka'anapali

3.8675588235 3.9 stars from 5 (88)
  • 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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 88 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
41
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

68 out of 87 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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"Nice resort."


u228135177's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

More beauty than challenge. Fairy wide and forgiving but not easy to beat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



franklin1201898's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is convenient to hotels and resorts but expect super slow play

They sound out 5s and 6s which slows down the already slow play.also kinda expensive

Yiu can play 45 minutes away for half the price


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Closest thing to paridise."


u6196046's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Did not have any bad things to say about this course or the staff. I would rather play here than Pebble. The greens were fast and true even though it looked liked they had been punched and sanded within the last few weeks. It was so nice and not crowded had to play 36.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Windy"


boblinderman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in pretty good shape although the greens had just been aerated and sanded and were slow. The traps had hard packed sand which made them difficult to escape. The fairways were in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were in good condition. Only few spots of tire marks make your shot difficult on the edges of the fairways. Views are fantastic, specially on a sunny and dry day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Fun Ocean Views Track"


Nash3500578's avatar
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Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was fun to play and had some nicely designed holes that would be fun for all skill levels. Great ocean views throughout the property. Greens rolled good about a 9 with the grain against a 7


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


"Play here twice and skip Kapalua"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Very playable resort course. Not as dramatic as I expected, missing ocean holes, but great views throughout the round. Much better value than Kapalua Plantation which I wouldn't play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Pleasant"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

This was a very nice course to play. The layout itself is not spectacular but it does have its share of beautiful holes overlooking the ocean. The greens were in immaculate condition. However, to putt well, one needs to pay very close attention to the grain of the grass. If you are looking for a challenging course, or just to have some fun this course is right for you.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course, pleasant experience"


fairporsch's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017

Reviewed on

Not sure why there are grumpy negative reviews posted recently. I was met by friendly, helpful staff. Helped me with loading clubs and asked to be of any other assistance. Played at 1:00 with twilight rates. Threesome finished in 3.75 hours. Wished it would have taken longer just to enjoy the immaculate fairways and perfect greens. Have played the Royal course several times and it is always pleasing. Kai course can be in a little rough shape at times which is why I pay a bit more to enjoy the better conditions of the Royal side. Can’t wait to come back.


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



Bulldogs2016's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When two of us arrived 25 minutes before our tee time the clubs were 'yanked' out of our hands and put on a cart. We were 'encouraged' to tee off immediately even though we wanted to hit a few balls on the range. The initial experience felt rushed and rude, until I expressed my dissatisfaction to another staff member who did his best to calm the situation and direct us upstairs to check in and pay. I subsequently had a horrible round and this was topped up by the original attendant putting away the refresher towels when he noticed it was us finishing our round. Very poor and he also had a sarcastic chuckle just to rub it in!!! Extremely unhappy customer.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Never again"


MikeMale's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I guess we are spoilt as we play most of our golf in the Palm Springs area where there is a lot of choice and always good value, good golf to be had but my experience at the Royal was poor and I will not play it again.

That is quite an achievement for one of the prettiest courses I have ever played but to end up spending a lot of money and end up behind two 5 balls is just not good enough.

I spoke to the guys who service the cart who said the 5 balls play every week and that I should take it up in the pro shop. I did and they said that it was the Seniors skins game and that they are supposed to move on pretty quickly - they did not and frankly any course that allows a 5 ball is not a golf course and is not somewhere I would be willing to visit again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Very Enjoyable"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Nice course. Very wide open. Green are very good. Great for beginners and intermediate players. I see some have complained about the price but it's on par with other courses in Maui. I stayed at the Westin Maui Resort and found this course very convenient. Outstanding Pro Shop!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course"


u734080505's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course twice while on a recent trip. The course itself is great and has some very challenging holes...#17 and #18 come to mind. Where the course falls down is in the amenities vs the price. The pro shop is nice but the driving range (off mats) is a joke and there's no place to buy food or water in the morning other than vending machines. There are coolers on the carts but no bottled water. The restaurant (Roy's) opens at 11am so doesn't help you for early rounds. Basically, if you come prepared with your own beverages and food then it's a great course to play. Just don't expect much more.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000001081392's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Top notch course."


henselj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Arryfication within the week but they offered a killer deal. $60 off and unlimited play for the day. Played 36 holes on this beautifully laid out course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Go to Kapalua or Wailea instead"


petey0435's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would spend the extra $ to play Kapalua or drive down to Wailea. Service and course quality are much better at both. The greens were decent but conditioning on the rest of the course was average to poor in some places. The fairways were closer to first cut rough then a fairway. Amenities and service are more like a muni than upscale resort.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Easy course"


e65180's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you want to keep your vacation low stress play this course. You can spray it left and right and still get away with par. The greens rolled very nice but you need to to be able to read the grain. Everything in Hawaii is expensive and golfing in a resort area is no exception. We played as a twosome in on a Tuesday in a late April and never saw anyone in front of us.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course



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