Maui Nui Golf Course

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  I liked Maui Nui a fair amount more than I was expecting. I was impressed with the variety in the hole designs and the impressive ocean views found on the closing stretch of holes. The course is easy to get to from any part of the island and represents Maui's best value which makes it a no-brainer to play for visitors on a budget or staying for an extended period of time.   Grade B-

Quick Facts

Designer:  Bill Newis in 1987

Cost:  $29.00 - $94.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates

Course Website:  Hokuala's official website    Phone Number:  (808) 874-0777

Directions:  Get here! - 470 Lipoa Pkwy, Kihei, HI 96753

Signature Hole:  18th - 563 Yard Par 5 -

18th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (563 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (563 Yard Par 5)

Photos:  See additional photos of Maui Nui

Accolades:  Rated #1 golf course value by GolfAdvisor.com

What to Expect:  Maui Nui is located in the southern Maui's largest city, Kihei, less than a mile inland from the ocean and about 7 miles north of the famed Wailea Golf Resort complex. The course has gone through a pair of names changes (Elleair and Silversword) but the newest ownership seems to be getting it right with modifications to some of the poor hole designs and improved conditioning and amenities. Maui is known for having some of the best golf in the islands with Kapalua and Wailea headlining the list, but the Valley Isle is perhaps better known for having some of the best golf values in Hawaii which is exactly what you'll find at Maui Nui. You won't find Maui Nui on the highly competitive Top 100 or Best in State lists from the national magazines so my expectations were tempered heading into my round, however I was surprised by just how good I thought the golf course was. The design features some enjoyable elevation changes, generous playing corridors, and more ocean views than I was expecting which were particularly impressive on the back nine. The hole lengths, shapes, and directions boasted a great variety which I particularly appreciated in a location that deals with consistent trade winds rolling through. The hybrid Bermuda fairways and greens are maintained admirably and the towering palm trees are a reminder you are in paradise. There are a couple of water hazards on the course to contend with and bunkering on each hole but the sand was not so excessive that it hampered the playability of the course. The staff is friendly, helpful, and seem glad that you are there which is a nice perk to go along with the on-site restaurant, Kono's on the Green.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 71 6801 73.2 135
Blue 71 6404 71.5 132
White 71 6014 69.7 129
Red (Women) 71 4585 68.9 113


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  12th - 221 Yards -

12th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (221 Yard Par 3)
12th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (221 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  15th - 374 Yards -

15th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (374 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (374 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  2nd - 576 Yards -

2nd Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (576 Yard Par 5)
2nd Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (576 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  3rd - 146 Yard Par 3 -

3rd Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (146 Yard Par 3)
3rd Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (146 Yard Par 3)

Bogey Beware:  6th - 422 Yard Par 4 -

6th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (422 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Maui Nui Golf Course (422 Yard Par 4)