Hello readers, this is Alexei.
Never in a million years did I think mom would ask me to write an entry for her blog. Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. I can’t quite picture myself being one to gossip about inappropriate beach wear, discussing the best spa treatments (everyone knows the answer to that is the hot stone massage), and I certainly refuse to partake in shopping for new art and carpet for the condo… that’s my parents job. Fortunately for me, I instead got to play golf this vacation, and a lot of it. Even though my game was not in tip-top form, I was still able to enjoy it… most of the time.
I have played my fair-share of courses on the island, so here is an abridged version of the courses I’ve either heard of or played sometime in the past.
Ka’anapali: They have two courses, the Royal and the Kai which stretch from our condo complex all the way to Whalers village. I have never played either of these courses mainly because of the ridiculous price for two courses that look like a bad muni ($235 for the Royal and $195 for the Kai), and the fact that any stray hook or slice (depending on which side of the highway you are on) will result in a 10 car pileup. I wonder if that would constitute a free drop?
The best part of this golf “resort” is their driving range package deals. They sell 6 or 10 bucket packages with the 10 costing $65 and the 6 around $40. They are open from sunrise to sunset, however they do close the range from 12-1 and whenever they need to retrieve the balls (the cart doesn’t have a metal cage). Note: If you drive longer than 250 yards, you won’t be able to use your driver on the range without the guy in the shack freaking out. I’ve found sticking with the 9-iron keeps you out of trouble.
Kapalua: High handicappers beware, the Plantation course will tear you to pieces. This course has got it all: high winds, frequent rain showers, plenty of weeds and places to get into trouble, and menacing greens. Although, I would expect nothing less from the course that hosts the annual Mercedes Championship. I was lucky enough to play this course 6 years ago, and my most vivid memory was having to go into the pro shop after 9 holes to buy more balls for myself and my dad… it was that bad. I could probably manage it now, but that is after many, many lessons and 2 years of high school golf. I have not had a chance to play the other two courses, the Village and the Bay (I assume they are easier than the Plantation).
Pukalani Country Club: Don’t be fooled by the “country club” facade, as this is just your typical municipal course. At 80 dollars, it is not terribly cheap, but still good value for the money… or so it used to be. It’s a good course to visit if you’re new to golf, or not at the top of your game. Beware – there are a lot of hacks on this course, and if you get behind a foursome enjoying way to many adult beverages, you could be in for a very long day.
Dunes at Maui Lani: I have not had a chance to play this course, but from what I can see from the highway, it looks pretty nice. I’ve heard from sources that it’s a relatively easy course. Yeah, I’ve heard that before. Still, I look forward to playing it at some future date.
That is all for now. Stay tuned for other course reviews.