THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI GOLF COURSE
Designed by Robin Nelson in 1999

HIGHLIGHTS BY DA GAME SHOW HOST DAVE WARD

A public course with the “wow” factor….The wow being…”Wow, I can’t believe how tough that course is!”  The first three holes lull you to sleep in thinking that this course is a breeze, but then hold on to your hat!  Elevation changes, contoured fairways,
water, slick greens, and the wind will challenge every shot. The par 5 4th hole, the par 4 10th and the par 5 18th are some of the toughest holes on the island. I dare you to two-putt the 4th hole—it’s not called the “Augusta Green” for nothing.

OVERVIEW

Scratch golfers playing from the tips are in store for a lot of fun as this has Maui’s second highest USGA Course Rating. From the Black tees, bogey golfers who boldly go where no bogey golfer should ever go (on this course) will find the cards are stacked against them as the Dunes also has the second highest USGA slope rating on Maui (Plantation is first). Moving back to the Blue (whites comparatively speaking) the bogey golfer is still going to have his hands full: from these tees it’s also Maui’s toughest venue. But forward-thinking golfers who play the Red tees (men or women) will experience a different Dunes: one that is easier on the ego, with Slope Ratings near the bottom of the charts.
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TEE-TO-GREEN

The Dunes doesn’t play long. Even when the wind kicks it doesn’t play long. There’s plenty of roll, and all tee shots play level or downhill. Winds can blow, making the somewhat narrow fairways seem tighter. Roughs are not penal, but bunkers are, and are aplenty. The one sharp dogleg favors the fade. Topography is hilly as the course is built on dunes formed by the receding seas eons ago.
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EDITOR’S NOTES

The Dunes is a golf course that is most-appreciated by the better player and the beginner or senior. Each will find lots to like: the better player will use every club in his or her bag, be forced out of their comfort zone, and play their best golf ever. Newbies will find the holes are reachable, there is only a little trouble as far as forced carries or water is concerned, and because they can’t spray it a mile off-course, they can see their balls dribbling down the fairway. A great course to play before you catch that evening red-eye flight back to the mainland, or if your traveling partners want to head down to Hana or up to the crater, or just do a Costco run. Many locals consider this Maui’s best golf coarse in the value category.
FOR THE MEEK
ROOM FOR ERROR
WOW FACTOR

FACILITIES AND AMENITIES

Café O’Lei Restaurant is a Central Maui favorite, with a busy lunch menu offering up a quality menu that always features a fresh catch of the day, soup, great salad, and other popular specials. The Dunes’ grass teed lit range with target greens, practice bunker and pitching green is also very popular with a four-acre teeing area! On-course beverage service.
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CONCLUSIONS

No other golf course on Maui is apt to give you as much challenge and shotmaking demands as The Dunes, and all for a relative bargain.
But short-hitters, beginners, and the less-talented will find the forward tees actually make this golf course one of Maui’s friendliest.

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THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI INTRODUCTION

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Tee Rating (M) Slope (M) Rating (W) Slope (W) OUT IN TOT
Black 74.1 141 n/a n/a 3119 3722 6841
Blue 72.4 133 n/a n/a 2899 3544 6443
White 70 126 75.8 131 2598 3235 5833
Red 64.9 113 70 120 2167 2601 4768
Year Built 1999
Greens Tifdwarf
Fairways Tifton 419
Practice Range Yes
Lessons Yes
GPS Tracking No
Metal Spikes No
Walking No
Fivesomes No
Pro Shop Yes
Lockers/Showers No
Rental Shoes/Clubs Yes
Cart Fees Included
Rider Fee Yes
Twilight Rates Yes
Online Booking Yes
Restaurant Yes
Bar Yes
Architect Robin Nelson
Head Golf Pro Garrett Okamura, PGA
Superintendent Brian Kaulupali

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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course

1333 Maui Lani Parkway
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone: (808) 873-0422
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