The Dunes at Maui Lani
The Best Value on Maui
By Don Kriefall
The Dunes at Maui-Lani are carved out of the natural rolling sand dunes and hills native to the Maui central valley. The topography lends to deep valleys and steep sloping hills. Built in 1999, course architect Robin Nelson incorporated most of the natural landscape and blended it into quite the challenging golf course. Called the "British Open course on Maui", it really has clever hole designs that really do remind you of the birthplace of golf. With rates at just $112.00, the Dunes at Maui-Lani is one of the best values in Hawaii. Number 15 is the signature hole, from the black tees a 448 yard par 4 that really plays like a par 5. After a tee shot over a deep valley your uphill approach is a blind shot to a green protected by a treacherous ravine that many golfers find the hard way. So unless you nail your drive, you likely will need to lay up.
Black Rating: 73.5, Slope: 136, 6841 yards
Blue Rating 71.6, Slope: 130, 6413 yards
White Rating 68.3, Slope 121, 5833 yards
Red Rating 67.9, Slope 114, 4763 yards
Mid-day (11AM) $99
Twilight (2PM) $79
Practice Facility, Pro Shop and Instruction
The Dunes at Maui-Lani employs 5 PGA certified teaching pros, individual and group instruction is available. An indoor teaching pavilion allows for private instruction. The Pro shop is well stocked and has available premium rental clubs and golf shoes. The 2 acre practice facility is top notch with multiple practice lanes, chipping , sand traps and practice green.
"One of the five best-kept secret golf courses in America." -Golf Digest Nominated as one of America's Best New Courses. -Golf Digest Named among the 35 Best New Courses in the Nation -GOLF Magazine "The best of two worlds: a tropical-paradise layout in an Irish dunes setting." Travel & Leisure Golf "Maui Dunes is worth a stop. In fact, it's worth making a U-turn... The Dunes is already one of the Valley Isle's best courses, one of its best secrets, and certainly its best value." -GOLF Magazine
Visit www.dunesatmauilani.com for unadvertised specials and seasonal discounts. There is also a multi-play special for a second round, 3 day or 10 day play.
The Dune at Maui-Lani is a challenging golf course with many blind shots and hidden trouble. A "caddie journal" is an absolute necessity. The tips and recommendations offered by your "caddie journal" will help make your round more enjoyable and lower your score. Number 10, a 478 yard par 5 plays uphill, so it plays longer than the yardage. On your approach, there is rough all the way up to the elevated green. The rough will hold approach shots that are short, but the snarly Bermuda grass will hamper your swing. Number 4, a 509 par 5 begins with a blind tee shot between bunkers and over a steep hill. Your approach shot better not be short, as the front of the elevated green slopes sharply down to the fairway and shots hitting the front edge of the green likely will roll back, well into the fairway. Been there, done that.
Cafe O'Lei offers fine dining (the blackened Mahi-Mahi is awesome) or just stop in after your round for one of their specialities, a Mac-Nut crusted chicken sandwich or a crab club.
The layout of the Dunes at Maui-Lani really makes for a fun round. Whether you are a scratch or a 15 handicap, you will thoroughly enjoy your golfing experience. This course would be a bargain at twice the price!
The Dunes at Maui-Lani
1333 Maui Lani Parkway
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 96732
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About: Don Kriefall
Don Kriefall is a golf contributor for GolfTrips.com. Known as as a weekend warrior, Don is still in pursuit of his first hole and one.
When he is not journaling about his travel, Don is either playing with his grand children or his dogs.
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