Maui Nui Golf Club, as the name suggests, is located on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui. It is conveniently located in the town of Kihei, a popular area for vacation condo rentals. It was five minutes up the road from our condo, which made it dangerously convenient.
One of the first selling points of Maui Nui is that it is one of the few courses on Maui that can be played for under $100, which provides great value for the traveler on a budget.
I had a great first impression of Maui Nui Golf Club. It felt very open and welcoming, the staff in the pro shop were friendly, and a very large grass-tee driving range awaited to get us warmed up for the round ahead.
Overlooking the 1st and 9th holes from the putting green:
The fun and challenging 6800 yard layout has many different feels to it throughout the round. Although it is ultimately a Hawaiian feeling golf course, at various points during the round it felt like there were also shades of the Australian Outback and Palm Springs.
The front nine is very much a tee shot golf course. You are challenged with several narrow tee shots, and if you manage to get it in the fairway, the fairly large greens are accessible and allow you to be aggressive.
The difficult tee shot of the par-4 6th hole:
As you transition to the back nine, the golf course opens up a bit and provides more room off the tee to let your big cat meow. The undulations and subtly tricky green complexes will continue to challenge you, but remain accessible and reward quality shots.
The downhill approach to the par-4 11th hole:
Well, there is one exception to the back nine tee shots being more open. The double water hazard on the par-4 14th hole will test your control of both distance and direction (and not a bad view of the Pacific Ocean in the background either):
The tee shot on the dogleg left par-5 18th hole:
Maui Nui offers up a fun variety of holes which all feel unique. It’ll test your nerve off the tee and, if you pass the test, you will be rewarded with many scoring opportunities. The course was in very good shape and although the greens weren’t fearfully quick, they rolled nicely.
After a satisfying 18 holes of golf, don’t miss one of the best holes at Maui Nui — the 19th hole. I highly recommend heading to Kono’s for happy hour or dinner, and enjoy the sunset on their patio. They have a cool promotion for golfers where your score determines the cost of your second beer. I shot 77, so my second beer was 77 cents (this is also a subtle brag for my fairly respectable round). How can you beat that?
The happy hour appetizers we had were delicious, including the chicken wings, and I am a self-proclaimed chicken wing connoisseur. The beautiful view of the Maui sunset with live music playing was a fitting end to a great day on the links.
Our crew enjoying the sunset on the 19th hole:
If you like fun, challenging golf for good value, friendly staff, and a 19th hole that will make you wish you could freeze time, I recommend giving Maui Nui Golf Club a chance.