WAILEA GOLD COURSE
Designed by Robert Trent Jones II in 1994.

HIGHLIGHTS BY DA GAME SHOW HOST DAVE WARD

Resort golf at its finest, with a twist. The twist being the rolling, undulating fairways that add to the challenge of this course. If you don’t like to contend with the elements…then play golf in Wailea.  However, you will have no one to blame but
yourself if the course takes you to your knees.  The views on this course are spectacular and its condition impeccable. Look out for the lava rock waste areas. If your ball goes in and you find it, it will look like it came out of a Vegematic!

OVERVIEW

For scratch golfers the Gold is Maui’s second longest course from the tips. Bogey golfers aren’t as affected by the yardage, as the Gold is ranked 8th from the ‘whites’. Forward-thinking golfers who play the Gold’s red tees will find it is 4th in length on Maui. Roll is a factor and is often offset by elevation, and winds are (for the most part) barely noticeable. But despite its length, the Gold doesn’t play as long as windier courses.
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Keeping the ball in play is essential on the Gold, as lava and kiawe trees border all fairways, which are wide and manageable targets. Roughs are cut short and allow for recovery. The few sharp doglegs on the Gold favor mostly the draw. Topography is hilly on the Gold. You can hit the fairways, and when you are precise, you will have an even lie or stance. The green sizes are mostly large and undulating but hold well. Hole locations can impact putting here. The Gold has the most bunkers (93) of any isle venue. While this may sound horrible, the Gold is not a very hard golf course by any means. Water comes into play only once, and can be avoided altogether. Golfers shouldn’t be intimidated by the Gold course. Robert Trent Jones II designed the Wailea Gold Course with the resort guest in mind.
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EDITOR’S NOTES

Unlike the courses on the West Side, which were built on old sugar cane and pineapple fields, Wailea’s 54-holes were all carved out of lava rock! The stark contrast between these two types of course construction is evident in the way holes can change elevation so radically and in short order, as opposed to a a gentle slope. You really get the sense that you’re playing golf on the side of a volcano here, only the Gold is very lush and features preserved Hawaiian archeological treasures, such as lava outcroppings.
FOR THE MEEK
ROOM FOR ERROR
WOW FACTOR

FACILITIES AND AMENITIES

Wailea’s award-winning pro shop is a shopper’s paradise, and the Club’s famed plantation-style open-air clubhouse is home to Gannon’s Restaurant, a stylish indoor/outdoor eatery with amazing views, and the popular Red bar. Other facilities include: Grass teed range with target greens, practice bunker and pitching green, enormous multi-level putting green, and the icing on the cake: Hawaii’s only David Leadbetter Golf Academy, with top PGA pros Eddie and Reneé Lee in charge. Also, on-course beverage service awaits.
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CONCLUSIONS

Robert Trent Jones called the Emerald the ‘feminine’ and the Golf the ‘masculine’ courses, but i have to say that men rarely waltz onto this golf course and shoot sub-par rounds. Sure, Jack and Arnie or the best collegiate players will, but the weekend warrior is going to find this golf course gets
progressively tougher as you move back in the tees. This golf course is not the easiest nor is it the hardest, from any tee. It actually sits neatly in the middle. But while score is the name of the game, experiencing a quiet, private, secluded Maui is also key, and here the Emerald excels just like the Gold.

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WAILEA GOLD COURSE INTRODUCTION

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USGA Course
Tees Rating Slope OUT IN TOT
Gold 74.5 138 3460 3618 7078
Blue 72.1 136 3249 3404 6653
White 70 130 3019 3133 6152
Red 65.7 120 2685 2757 5442
Year Built: 1994
Greens: Tifdwarf
Fairways: Tifton 328
Practice Range: Yes
Lessons: Yes
GPS Tracking: Yes
Metal Spikes: No
Walking: No
Fivesomes: No
Pro Shop: Yes
Lockers/Showers: Yes
Rental Shoes/Clubs: Yes
Cart Fees: Included
Rider Fee: Yes
Twilight Rates: Yes
Online Booking: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Bar: Yes
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Head Golf Pro: Rusty Hathaway, PGA
Superintendent: Michael Atwood

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Wailea Golf Club

100 Wailea Golf Club Drive
Kihei, HI 96753
www.waileagolf.com
(808) 875-7450
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