Pukalani Country Club gets it name from the Hawaiian word: Pukalani, which means ‘Entrance to Heaven’. At about 1,100-feet above sea level, it is certainly closer to Heaven than any other golf course on Maui! That high elevation makes Pukalani Country Club approximately six-seven degrees cooler than the rest of Maui’s courses and that bodes well for those playing midday rounds who don’t like hot weather. Pukalani Country Club is also a bargain hunter’s venue too. caters to mostly locals but tries to lure the higher-paying visitor with enticing offers. The course plays easier on the bogey golfer playing from the blue tees than all but Waiehu Municipal Golf Course. Scratch players will find it is right about dead-center of the pack, in terms of their scoring. Pukalani Country Club has some unique features such as two greens on the par 3 third. Golfers can opt for the more challenging forced carry into the wind, or chip down a hill to a well-bunkered green below. Pukalani Country Club has the only other 500-yard (or more) par 4 on Maui. The only other is No. 17 at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. It also has the second longest par 3, at 254-yards, just three shy of King Kamehameha’s third hole—although this hole’s back tees are not always open. Pukalani Country Club offers similar bi-coastal views to what can be seen from Kahili Golf Course and King Kamehameha Golf Club, only from a higher elevation. Those looking for bargain, a change of scenery, a place to golf before or after a trip to the crater, or simply a working-man’s venue should consider Pukalani Country Club. Many holes are lined by neatly spaced, mature Norfolk pines. The course features an invasive African weed species known as kikuyu grass on its fairways, roughs, and tees. The hearty plant makes for good golf lies that often fly. Greens are normally very smooth, and roll true. Because Pukalani is located away from resorts, it is priced accordingly, and is a favorite among residents.