Royal Ka'anapali

3.8716882353 3.9 stars from 5 (104)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6700 yards
  • Slope: 145
  • Rating: 79.6
  • Layout

  • 2290 Ka'anapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761, Maui County, USA
  • (808) 661-3691, (866) 454-4653
  • (808) 661-0203
  • www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com
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Year built: 1962
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1962)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Uliuli/Royal Blue (W) 71 6700 yards 79.6 145
Uliuli/Royal Blue 71 6700 yards 74.2 131
Keo Makamae/Sandy White 71 6267 yards 72.1 128
Keo Makamae/Sandy White (W) 71 6267 yards 77.2 139
Kula/Gold 71 5839 yards 70.0 125
Kula/Gold (W) 71 5839 yards 74.8 134
Pu Koko'o/Burgundy 71 5016 yards 65.5 121
Pu Koko'o/Burgundy (W) 71 5016 yards 70.1 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 104 Reviews
5 stars:
29
4 stars:
48
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

79 out of 103 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks  

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ajeremie's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/18/2019

Mahalo for playing Ka'anapali and for providing us a great review!


"Good times and worth the money"


Shbeee's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not the most expensive course in the area, but it was in top notch condition, so the value is amazing! Can't escape the wind on Hawaii, so hopefully you know how to play the wind. Pace of play was great (4 hours), and we took our time as a twosome behind a foursome. Could have easily been faster if we cared. We didn't. Awesome course and I will be back. Owe a little revenge at 2 holes...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/18/2019

Mahalo for playing with us and for providing a great review! We hope to see you again soon. A hui hou (until we meet again)...


"One of the best I’ve ever played!"


sargentmason5's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

I came here from California for 10 days and first golfed 18 on the bay course which set my standards for Maui! This course was absolutely beautiful, I played the Royal instead of Kai and everything was in tip top shape! Fairways clean and full, rough wasn’t to hard to get out of (nicely cut for beginner-moderate players) and the greens were better then the Bay course...firm, full difficult being the nicest course when my municipal courses in California have slower greens but OVERALL ABSOLUTELY WORTH EVEY PENNY!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/18/2019

Mahalo Sargent Mason for playing Ka'anapali! We appreciate that you played and enjoyed the experience! Hope to see you again soon!.

Aloha!



u9167227's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for the great review, thank you for playing Ka'anapali!



u5934658's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/22/2019

Aloha and thank you so much for playing!


"A Royal time"


u000007894632's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day for golf. Challenging course pin positions accessible depending on location of drive. Greens are hard to read but enjoyed the challenge.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/22/2019

Aloha! We are very happy you were able to enjoy a great day at Kaanapali! Greens in Hawaii definitely have a distinct break to them and are a fun challenge!! Mahalo


"Rude staff"


charlieacree's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

One of the course pro’s was extremely rude, the only people that were nice were the cashier (go figure) and the cart girl. Everyone else acted as if we were lucky they allowed us to play there! They need to check out Kapalua and see how to run a course and how to treat customers who pay a great deal of money to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

Aloha Charlie, mahalo for your feedback. We would love to discuss your experience further with you if you are able to please send us an email at info@kaanapaligolfcourses.com, we would be happy to discuss. Mahalo!


"Disappointing"


Taylor6876054's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

If I had to choose one word to describe this experience, it would be disappointing. From a poor warm up area to greens that had been freshly sanded (they never let us know) to slow play to a layout that wasn’t anything creative, this is a course that is barely worth half of its exorbitant cost. Add that to our cart dying in the fairway of the 10th hole and it taking 5 phone calls (and two holes of walking) to get someone to come help. All in all, disappointing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

Aloha Taylor, mahalo for your feedback. We would love to discuss your experience further with you if you are able to please send us an email at info@kaanapaligolfcourses.com, we would be happy to have one of our managers discuss with you directly. Mahalo!


"Nice surprise"


GolfinginBC's avatar
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British Columbia Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

As I continue my Maui golfing trip we had our eye on the Royal course for sometime now. It’s hosted many events and is the more challenging course between the 2 on the property.

We were surprised with how nice it played. Course was in good shape, pace of play was perfect and the views and surrounds are nice as is everywhere in Maui.

This was the lowest priced green fee we have seen so far and it’s shows in the overall feel compared to The Bay and Plantation courses.

I would recommend playing here forsure if you’re in the area and I wouldn’t hesitate playing here again myself.

The course itself isn’t that difficult as there is limited water and lots of areas to bail out. Putting always comes down to knowing if you are with or against the grain here, figure it out sooner than later:)

Enjoy!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing Ka'anapali! We also appreciate you taking the time to do a review and provide some feedback. Hope to see you again soon. A hui hou (until we meet again)!


"Fun challenging resort course"


RG952860481BE95139C1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Attentive staff that acts excited to help, limited warm up number of balls but decent rental clubs. Layout as I remembered with more than 10 years since last round. Some long par 4’s some short par 5’s but layed out to move people around. Slows down if everyone hitting out of sand. Fun and would do again tomorrow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing and your great review! Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Hope you enjoyed your second round just as much!


"Just ok"


Tyler8582950's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Round was fun. Course very scoreable, but for 180 I just expect a little more. Course was beat up after a long week of play over thanksgiving, I don’t fault them for that; it was just the little stuff, didn’t get greeted when we showed up, no direction, nobody asking if we’d played before, small range. All in all it was golf in Hawaii, but not a course I’ll try to play again while visiting.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Aloha Tyler! Mahalo for playing Ka'anapali and we for providing us some feedback. Hope to see you again soon so we can turn you into a WOW!


"Nice views"


charleygage's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens had been sanded. No notice until we saw the sign upon entering the pro shop to check in. And they called it “too dressing applied to course”. Not “greens were sanded”. Lame


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Apologies Charley that you were not notified until check in about the top dressing that day. Hope you were able to still enjoy your round and we appreciate the feedback!


"Pace of play sucked, no marshals to help out"


rusty49's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

How can you allow a five some to play Saturday afternoon when you have a full tee sheet. On one hole there were 4 groups waiting for the five some. We phoned and got no satisfaction. The excuses were that there was a tournament and a skins game. Took 4 hours and 45 minutes to play. Unacceptable. Do not play here.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo Rusty for playing Ka'anapali and providing your feedback to us.


Commented on 12/10/2018

Aloha Rusty! Mahalo for playing Ka'anapali and appreciate your feedback on pace of play.


"Get out and play early"


mccarthy30's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spendy but its Maui. Driving range is minimal-mats and short... Course opens at 6am but has 6:30 tee times, not much time to get food(Roy’s “opens” at 6am as well-no food ready), drinks, warm up and putt. Nothing else is open at that hour in Ka’anapali either...Beautiful weather and almost no wind that early. Played in 4 hours with a foursome and none of us had played the course before. So that was great! I say you try it once, beautiful scenery and good conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing Ka'anapali and appreciate the feedback you offered. Hope to see you again soon!


"What a day!"


u000005086739's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Strong trade winds made the round even more challenging than anticipated, but what an amazing experience. The course was in great shape and I was reminded once again what a master designer RTJ Sr. was. Check your ego at the door, play the course as it was designed, and prepare to have a wonderful day. Until next time!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for your great feedback and review! Happy to hear you will be back, a hui hou (until next time)!


"5 Hour Round and plague of Nats"


Jtfazio's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played behind a tournament and there was NO Marshall on the course to monitor play. OVER 5 hours to play. Nats were everywhere and got in my eyes, mouth and ears. Also, Cart lady just came around twice. WAILEA OR Kapula are much better options.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing M. Fazio and for providing the feedback to us.


"Nice resort."


u228135177's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

More beauty than challenge. Fairy wide and forgiving but not easy to beat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing Ka'anapali and appreciate your great review!



SPAZTAZGOLF's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing and taking the time to give us a review!



franklin1201898's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is convenient to hotels and resorts but expect super slow play

They sound out 5s and 6s which slows down the already slow play.also kinda expensive

Yiu can play 45 minutes away for half the price


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Aloha Franklin, thank you for playing and we certainly appreciate the feedback.


"Closest thing to paridise."


u6196046's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Did not have any bad things to say about this course or the staff. I would rather play here than Pebble. The greens were fast and true even though it looked liked they had been punched and sanded within the last few weeks. It was so nice and not crowded had to play 36.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

WOW, mahalo! Happy to hear such great feedback, hope you shared your experience with others. Hope to see you again soon! Aloha



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