The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 2
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 2
The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course's second hole is a straightaway par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 3
The third hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is a short par 3 played to a protected green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Dunes at Maui Lani G.C. - No. 4
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The Dunes at Maui Lani G.C. - No. 4
The fourth hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is a par 5 that plays 509 yards from the championship tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 5
The fifth hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is a short par 4 that plays to a green guarded by water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 6
The sixth hole at The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is a 198-yard par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 9
The ninth hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is a par 5 that plays uphill to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 10
The 10th hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course plays severely downhill from an elevated tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 11
After a downhill 10th, the par-4 11th hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course plays uphill to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 12
The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course's 12th hole is a dogleg right par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 15
The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course plays at the base of the West Maui mountains in Kahului. This is the 15th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course - No. 18
The 18th hole at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is a long par 5 that plays to a green guarded by water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Take on Robin Nelson at The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course in Kahului, Hawaii

The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course is located just outside Maui's main port city of Kahului. The club opened in 1999 and was designed by Hawaii-based architect Robin Nelson, who has a collection of credits throughout the islands.

The Dunes at Maui Lani is located in the sandy strip of valley land, the Kahului Isthmus between Mount Haleakala and the West Maui mountains. Because of this, the soil is very rolling and sandy, making for prime golf conditions. The golf course has four sets of tees playing as long as 6,841 yards down to 4,768 yards. Some holes are flatter and low-lying, running along the dunes, while others have more severe elevation changes, such as the par-4 10th hole that heads straight downhill toward the sea, and the ensuing 11th that heads back uphill.

The course finishes with a 588-yard par 5 that is guarded by water in front of the green, making for a great risk-reward finish. The club is also home to a restaurant, Cafe O'lei, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A golf school and lighted practice facility is also on site.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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