Ka'anapali Kai

3.7247235294 3.7 stars from 5 (97)
  • 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

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 97 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
46
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

75 out of 96 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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"Nice, except for..."


MBS33's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The bunkers! It looked like it had been days since they had been raked.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Next time I will skip this course!"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

First my issues: had to unload and pack my own bag to and from cart. Next there was no water provided as the online reservation stated. The course claims they told golfnow they don’t give out water. The range balls are additional and you must hit off the oldest worst mats I’ve seen in years. There are no Marshall’s on course to deal with slow groups or the tourists wandering about. The positive: nice starters, scenic views, interesting holes, decent conditions.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Slow pace of play"


Bootsieyvr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Frustrating for the etiquette-conscious golfer, despite being among Maui's more expensive courses. We were delayed on the 1st tee waiting for the other twosome who showed up late. The girlfriend in the twosome had only just started learning to golf. Despite the published dress code, the pro shop allowed her on to the course wearing cutoff jean shorts and a t-shirt. Not once did a marshall show up to tell us to speed up the pace of play, which we desparately hoped would happen. Ended up racing to finish our round before dark, and this is not a long course. Otherwise the pro shop and practice areas were well organized and staffed. We just wish that golf etiquette, specifically keeping up with the group ahead, could be more strictly enforced.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Worth Playing"


wyoming919's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is more challenging than expected, but still fun to play even for higher handicappers. Course was in good condition and is fair price at about $100-150. Not sure I would pay more than that given the other options available at the higher price point. It can be busy and pace of play can be an issue, but you are in Hawaii so things could be worse......Definitely one of the more enjoyable courses on Maui. I recommend it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Joggers Beware"


Christina3743712's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There were quite a few joggers on the course which is rather unsettling.I was surprised that management left them on the course. It looks to me that could be a rather serious liability. We had a lot of rain in Maui prior to playing so it was cartpath only which gave us a lot of exercise with the course was in excellent shape and the staff is wonderful


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


"Tropical resort golf"


zanng's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live in OR so that is my frame of reference. The course is a little shabby but not enough to complain about. The sand in the few bunkers I experienced was good. The greens are really slow; never did figure out the speed. The staff is efficient and friendly. I started right behind a big ladies' shotgun group, expecting slow play, but the pace was great. A little spendy, but hey, it's Hawaii. It was a pleasant experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u399952691's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fantastic views"


randy15345's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pro’s:

Nice fairways. Tricky greens. Beautiful views. Very friendly, helpful staff.

Con’s:

Bunkers in rough shape.

Several blind shots.

Course is a little overpriced. I played it as a treat to myself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Snow"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
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Reviewed on

It's not same course I played 3years ago it seems run down honey buckets on the course fairways greens not in good shapes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Too many other courses to choose from!"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
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Reviewed on

I have played this course many times in the past. This is now the most run down course in the area. When you can play one of the Kapalua courses or make the drive to Wailea (for the gold or emerald courses for the same price and in WAY better condition), there is no reason to settle for Ka'anapali Kai. If you must stick around the Ka'anapali area, play the Ka'anapali Royal course, which is in far better shape than this course, and a better track with better scenery.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Expected more"


credog's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I was just expecting more for the money as this was my other choice for my 2 days of playing golf in Maui. Earlier in the week, it was Wailea Emerald and there is no comparison between the two.

From the time you arrived here, it seemed like you were on your own to kinda figure it out. The only friendly member that we came in contact with was the pro shop staff. Other than that, range person and starter could have been a little more friendly. There a big contingent of locals teeing off on Royal and most of their focus was on them.

We were able to start a little earlier than our tee time , but our cart was really hesitant on the first hole, but finally kicked in and kept us going the rest of the round.

The course itself, is quite friendly with wide fairways. A few good views, greens protected by traps. The greens were inconsistent with speed of the putts.

Once we passed the twosome ahead of us, we played in 3 hours, so pace of play was fantastic.

After we finished the round, at 230.. not a sole around to assist with clubs or anything and at a resort course, that is expected.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"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



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