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Affordable Golf on Maui at Maui Nui Golf Club

Affordable Golf on Maui at Maui Nui Golf Club

Greens fees can equal plane fares in Hawaii, but not at Mui Nui, home to affordable golf and unbeatable weather. 

For affordable golf on Maui look to the blue skies at Maui Nui Golf Club.

Maui’s year-around warm and sunny weather makes it an ideal golfing destination.  But as more than one vacationing golfer has discovered, tropical islands come with tropical rains that can cancel a golf outing quicker than you can say albatross.

In Kihei, on the dry South Coast, rain remains a rarity even in the wet season, giving the ocean-side community the most reliable golfing weather on the Valley Isle.  As they’re fond of saying at Kihei’s only golf course: Aloha, it’s another beautiful day at Mui Nui Golf Club.

Due to its location on the sunny South Coast, rain could be falling on other parts of the island while Maui Nui Golf Club enjoys another bluebird day.

Affordable golf on Maui is alive and well at Maui Nui where visitors never pay more than $99, making it one of Hawaii’s most wallet-friendly courses. Multi-play cards reduce rates even further. Afternoon, twilight, and 9-hole rates are also available. All rates include a golf cart with GPS.

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The Lei of the Land

A full service clubhouse and restaurant welcome golfers to Maui Nui Golf Club
A full service clubhouse and restaurant welcome golfers to Maui Nui Golf Club.

Designed by course architect Bill Newis and opened in 1987, the par-71 course is lined by palm trees, gifted with views of the blue Pacific, and remains fun and fair from any of its four sets of tees.  The design, while not overly long, presents challenges on each hole to test golfers of all skill levels.  Doglegs left and right, ponds, and greenside bunkers are just some of the tests on the 6,665 yard track, where no two holes are alike.

Backed by three palm trees, the 9th green may look peaceful, but its two-tiered slope give it some teeth
Backed by three palm trees, the 9th green may look peaceful, but its two-tiered slope give it some teeth.

My two favorite holes reside on the back nine and give golfers an opportunity to sight-see while teeing it up.

Affordable Golf on Maui: Views of the cloud-topped West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean await golfers on the 13th green
Views of the cloud-topped West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean await golfers on the 13th green.

The par-5 13th hole points directly at Haleakala, the island’s massive 10,023 foot shield volcano.  Known as the House of the Sun, the dormant volcano is a stunning backdrop to this 524 yard dogleg left.  Don’t let the views distract you from your third shot into a heavily-bunkered postage stamp green.

The par-5 18th hole ends the round with a downhill tee-shot and scenery worthy of a postcard.
The par-5 18th hole ends the round with a downhill tee-shot and scenery worthy of a postcard.

An elevated tee box overlooks the fairway and ocean at the par-5 18th hole.  During whale season, December-May, it’s common to see visiting humpback whales shoot spouts of saltwater spray into the sky.  A well-struck tee ball soars towards the rugged West Maui Mountains, and gives players a chance to hit this 524 yard hole in two shots, offering an opportunity at a closing birdie and a celebratory fist pump.

Players leaving the 18th green have to agree: It’s another beautiful day at Maui Nui Golf Club.

Pupus Burgers and Cocktails

After your round, settle up any friendly bets with your foursome at Sunsets Bar and Grill.  The full restaurant and bar, with outdoor lanai seating, happy hour, and gorgeous sunset views, boasts some of the best handmade burgers on the island.  Live music can be found here every weekend.  The ongoing drink special is easy to remember: Bring your scorecard in after the round and your second drink costs the same as your golf score.  Shoot an 85, and your second drink costs a mere $.85.  Affordable golf at its best!

Practice Makes Perfect

A lighted grass driving range stays open daily from 7 am to 9 pm (except on Sundays when it closes at 3 pm for maintenance).  An assortment of fun and unique island-themed targets including surfboards and two beached boats make practicing at Maui Nu all the more fun.  A pitching and chipping area, practice sand trap, and practice putting green give ample room to hone your short game.  Several golf instructors at Maui Nui help golfers of all ages improve their game and understanding of the sport.

Whether or not you hit good shots, with fun targets to aim for and the majestic heights of Haleakala in the background, practicing at Maui Nui Golf Club is always a success.

For affordable golf on Maui, where the weather and prices can’t be beat, look no further than Maui Nui Golf Club.  As you leave you might find yourself nodding in agreement: “It’s another beautiful day at Mui Nui.”

Pro Tip

Scoring well at Mui Nui requires strategy.  Afternoon trade winds, common across Maui, make proper club selection crucial to hitting fairways and greens.  When putting on these mid-sized, undulating greens, take note of the grain of the grass, which generally pulls putts towards the ocean.  To find the grain, walk to the hole and look at the cut of the cup.  One side of the grass is usually browned; an indication the grain is growing in that direction.

The Hawaiian State Bird, the Nene, welcomes golfers to the first tee at Maui Nui Golf Club
The Hawaiian State Bird, the Nene, welcomes golfers to the first tee at Maui Nui Golf Club.

Tee Sheet

Tee times can be booked in advance online or by calling the pro shop at (808) 874-0777.  Play cards can also be purchased in advance.  Rental shoes and sets of Taylor Made irons and woods are readily available.  The pro shop carries golf accessories and Mui Nui merchandise that make for great keepsakes. 

  RATING/SLOPE   YARDAGE
  MEN WOMEN  
GOLD 73.0/130 ~ 6665
BLUE 71.1/126 ~ 6236
WHITE 68.9/122 74.1/124 5851
RED 63.8/109 67.6/113 5321

Maui Nui Golf Club
470 Lipoa Parkway
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 874-0777

Sunsets Bar and Grill
(808) 633-4220
Open 10 am – 8 pm 7 days a week.

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