The Takeaway: This is the type of course you play with your family members for the most casual of rounds and only if you get a favorable rate to do so. The course conditions are not great and many of the hole designs and scenery is uninspired. My expectations weren't very high for the Kai course since I had never seen it on any list featuring the best courses in Hawaii, but I was expecting more than what I found considering the renovation this course received in 2005. Ultimately there are better options for value golf on the island of Maui. Grade C-
Designer: Arthur Jack Snyder in 1967 and Robin Nelson in 2005
Cost: $99.00 - $205.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (866) 454-4653
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Ka'anapali Kai Golf Course's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 2290 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
Accolades: Host of the Golf Channel's Big Break reality television series in 2008.
What to Expect: The Kai course is the little brother to the better known Royal Ka'anapali course found on Maui's west coast. The course is rather short and the conditioning is not impressive for a resort course. More serious golfers will favor teeing up at Royal Ka'anapali while ladies and kids may find the easier and more laid back Kai course more appealing. The opening hole plays along the highway before taking a bridge to the other side of the road. The proximity of the course to traffic and homes create a distraction for many of the holes though there are a couple of holes that are pretty fun despite the setting. If you choose to play Royal Ka'anapali in the morning, very attractive rates are offered to play the Kai course that afternoon. It should be noted that there are FootGolf holes scattered throughout the layout and those flags can potentially have you aiming at the wrong target.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 9th Hole – 373 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 11th Hole – 182 Yards
Best Par 4: 7th Hole – 395 Yards
Best Par 5: 12th Hole – 558 Yards
Birdie Time: 4th Hole – 308 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 18th Hole – 348 Yard Par 4