Kaanapali Kai Golf Course, Maui


When it opened in 1967, Kaanapali Kai offered a much shorter alternative to the more imposing Royal Kaanapali Course. Even after a redesign in 1977, it was still considered the easier, and more easygoing, of the two Kaanapali layouts.

While this Maui golf course meanders over the same gently rolling topography of its more accomplished sibling, Kai's greens are far more forgiving. Due to another major redesign in 2005'this time by Robin Nelson, Hawaii's most prolific course designer, there have been noticeable changes.

Still relatively short, the par-70 Kai now plays 6,388 yards. Yet, it's a course all golfers can enjoy. For the advanced player it can be a perfect warm-up round to acclimate to Maui's finicky trade winds. For the occasional golfer it delivers all the golf they can handle due to its more-tapered fairways.

Nelson's redesign includes total remakes of several holes to accentuate views of the ocean and the islands of Molokai and Lanai. The renovated layout takes full advantage of natural hole-defining features canals, lava rock formations, and gullies plus significant plantings of Norfolk pine and coconut palm. Nelson also introduced two new forward tees on each hole that appeal to those new to the game.

Course Overview

Resort | 18 Holes | Par 70
Course Architect: Arthur Jack Snyder - Renovated by Robin Nelson

Available Amenities

Club Rentals, Driving Range, Pro Shop, Golf Lounge and Snack Bar

Contact Info

Kaanapali Golf Resort
Kaanapali Kai
2290 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
phone: (808) 661-3691
toll-free: (866) 454-GOLF (4653)
fax: (808) 661-0203

Course Details

  Yardage Rating/Slope
Lava 6388 70.7/135
Sand 6010 69.0/130
Fern 5563 67.1/126
Hibiscus 4522 66.2/112