Great experience in Maui!
The opportunity to play Royal Kaanapali was once in a lifetime. The holes are consistent throughout with a good balance of distances and difficulties. There is only water on holes 1, 17, and 18. The greens are a challenge, but everyone knows that going into it. The staff was extremely friendly and make the experience that much more enjoyable. My wife rented Nike clubs that she really liked. They provide you with a wet towel as well as dry one and they clean your clubs when you complete your round.
The golf was amazing as well as the location. It was affordable because of Golfnow and my wife and I are lucky we had the opportunity to play Royal Kaanapali.
November 23, 2012
Very good! Would play it again.
Beautiful views of the West Maui mountains, and the ocean as well. Difficult greens to read; as everything breaks to the ocean and quickly. Slow putting away from the ocean to the mountains. Wide open fairways. Water comes into play on the 1st, 17th and 18th holes. My wife just started playing golf and she loved it!
April 5, 2013
A challenging, fun and rewarding experience with great views. Greens were quick and offered a read challenge. I would like to play this course again in the future.
March 6, 2013
Great course, but would not pay full price
A classic course with nice layout. Well maintained and great service from very attentive staff. Hard not to recommend playing this course, but can find better value on the island - we played mid-day for about half off rack rate and would not go back at regular rates.
February 18, 2013
Fun but dry
We were very surprised at the lack of water, food and as the couple playing with us said, restrooms. The man golfing with us said he couldn't even find a tree to hide behind. We had fun and were matched with another couple that were fun to golf with. They need to have a sign at the snack shack that let's golfer know that there is no water for the next few hours. Even the water jug was empty. We would probably not play at that course again just for the neglect factor. We were told they have refreshment carts on the Kai course. I would bring my own just in case. I was given many excuses from staff. One, " Your in Maui, everyone here is in their own world" implying they have no regard for anyone else. Two," the cart girls were bickering over which course they made the most money on, so we had no carts because certain nationalities don't spend any money on snacks! staff actually said that! So much for my review but you did ask.
February 16, 2013
Course was in above average condition, lush, with excellent greens.
Pace of play, especially considering a noon T-time was good (4 1/4 hrs)
January 26, 2013
Great course design. Fast greens.
The Royal Course has been the host to many professional events. The course design is great and the staff is very friendly. The greens are fast and tricky. A lot of traps make shot making and course management a must. A great Maui golf experience.
January 20, 2013
Over priced. Bunkers are LOW on sand. Starter staff (downstairs) are super friendly!
Because this course is in Maui and so close to Kapalua, it does suffer by comparison. That said, it's challenges are primarily the wind. It has 2 reachable par 5's and 2 unreachable par 4's (depending on wind of course#. And that really gives you an idea of how this course will challenge you. The fairways are relatively generous and in good shape #some brown spots). Greens are Hawaiin grainy...fast down, slow up, and will break with the grain significanly--and they're in good shape. The bunkers however, are in terrible shape--so much sand is missing that the felt is visible and will catch your club when you 'try' to hit out. The course is way overpriced for what you get #and can get at nearby courses#--Golf Digest simply stated that with Kapalua so close and Kaanapali's prices, why even bother #I agree#. Conversely, just 2 years ago, this course was a great deal! Green fees were around 40% less AND they offered an all-you-can-play deal for $499 #that was 7 days unlimited for BOTH courses#. It seems management simply wants to raise prices as much and as often as they can. Big turn off and the reason I won't recommend #if you can get a great golf-now deal, then definitely check out#. Staff, especially the boys who set you up and greet you after, are real characters and are the best thing aobout Kaanapali!
January 18, 2013
No let breaks
Green is tough to read. No breather holes. Must have high trajectory ball flight to score. Too expensive. There are better and prettier courses at Wailea and Kapalua for a better price.
January 1, 2013
COURSE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE
COURSE PLAYS TOUGHER THEN IT LOOKS. NOT A LOT OF WATER, BUT PLENTY OF SAND.
November 18, 2012
rough is too long & tough to get out of
not for average golfer, very hilly, rough too long
November 2, 2012