Manele Golf Course
The little island of Lana'i has the rare distinction of having two separate Four Season's Resorts, each with a world-class golf course. The trip via ferry from Lahaina Maui is a treat in and of itself. Upon arrival you are met by your shuttle at the docks and take the short ride to a golf round you will never forget. The picturesque Manele Golf Course (formerly know as the Challenge at Manele) is a championship level course designed by Jack Nicklaus, featuring breathtaking ocean views, with several holes perched on cliffs above the sea.
At a Glance
Highlights: Imagine the Pacific Ocean as a water hazard! This scenic course runs along cliffs sculpted of lava and perched above epic ocean scenery.
Challenges: A targeted play utilizing good knowledge of your club distance is needed for this course. Many tee shots span gulches and even have greens perched on cliffs.
Holes/Yardage: 18- Par 72- 7,039 Blue/5,847 White/5,024 Red
Price Range: $339 includes ferry, transportation to the course and your round.
Location: Lanai Island, reachable by ferry from Maui
Bonuses: Club rentals, driving range, putting green, and pro shop on-site
Complimentary sunscreen, bottled water, bag tags and chilled towels, gps yardage gauge on the golf carts.
The Four Seasons at Manele Bay is situated on the leeward southern flank of Lana'i providing a warm climate and limited wind disturbance. The Course wraps around the hotel and bungalows and uses much of the natural terrain to enhance the difficulty of play. The "Signature Hole" is #12, a stunning par 3, with the tee off from a cliff 150 feet above the ocean. The green is 200 feet across the water on an adjacent cliff. In addition to its fame as one of the most beautiful holes in the world, it is also where Bill Gates was married.
The early ferry out of Lahaina at 6:45 am is a great sunrise experience from the water looking back at Maui as you cross the channel. Morning has the lightest winds and will make your boat trip and golf game smoother. The beach fronting the Manele Bay Four Seasons is a public access marine reserve and makes for a great cool down after your game. Bring some swim gear and enjoy the beach, which is a mile from the ferry dock and an easy walk.
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