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4.2
253 Reviews (253)
5 Stars
103
4 Stars
105
3 Stars
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2 Stars
12
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.2
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.5
88.5%
Recommend this course
214 out of 253 reviews
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4.0
6 Reviews (6)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
3.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 6 reviews
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4.0
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
2
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2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.3
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
89.3%
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25 out of 28 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6700 yards
Slope 129
Rating 73.7
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Kaanapali Royal Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1962
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1962) Robin Nelson (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire must be worn at all times

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Sauna, Jacuzzi

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Accolades

Reviews

4.2
253 Reviews (253)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 12
Undulating Greens 12
Elevation Changes 11
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
Advanced Golfers 8
Group Getaways 7
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 14
Near Local Attractions 7

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Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Maui Sunshine

Played two days after heavy rain. Course mostly recovered other than wet bunkers. Greens very fast even affected by brisk winds. Fun day, would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice track

Well maintained and good conditions.
I don’t think the greens were cut/rolled the day we played so they were a little bumpy and inconsistent.
The lack of any sort of on-course refreshment (whether alcohol or not) was perhaps the biggest disappointment. We got very hungry and thirsty by the end.
The staff was super friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/08/2024

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Consistently a great experience

This is a favorite course for us on Maui, and it was excellent once again. Pace of play was good, course condition was good, and staff were friendly and helpful!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/01/2024

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course!

Played this 3 times on our visit to Maui. It’s a fun course to play and the pace of play is good. Outside staff is good. The older women in the pro shop is horrible. She talks over people, is extremely rude and unhelpful. . Would be nice to have a beverage cart on course or bigger coolers to accommodate more beverages. It can be extremely hot on the course and you don't go back to the clubhouse until hole 18. No on course snack shack either.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 01/08/2024

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great resort course

Royal course was in great shape. Pace of play was good for a resort course. We will play again next time we are in Kaanapali.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/08/2024

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

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Commented on 07/31/2023

Aloha and Mahalo for giving us your feedback. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are Ridiculous!

The greens are ridiculous. Should not have a resort course with greens that are that tricky. A Putt should not go straight and then break 90 degrees at the last 18” to the hole for not obvious reason.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 01/08/2024

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses even though the greens can be tough to read especially when it's windy.. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

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Commented on 06/29/2023

Aloha and thanks for taking the time to review our courses. Yes, when the trade winds on the islands kick up like we've seen the last few days, putting can be very treacherous. The the greens also get faster as the day goes on making an even bigger challenge. We hope you give us another chance when putting becomes a bit easier. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great views and well bunkered greens for a resort course.

They course is fun and was in pretty good shape except for a good par 4 they turned into a par 3 for no apparent reason. I can’t believe a Maui course does not have covers for the clubs if it rains. Also very limited cart service. They don’t even give you a bottle of water. Great views and well bunkered greens made up for the other short comings. Staff in the pro shop so so. Guys on the course and in the cart barn were very friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 06/29/2023

Aloha and thanks for your feedback. We are in the process of repair a storm drain underneath that fairway. It will be safe again very soon and it will play as a par 4 again.
We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/29/2023

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golfing Hawaii

As a senior over 80 the Royal course was enjoyable and challenging, thank you

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/29/2023

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Royal

I found the fairways generous sizes, bunkers in good condition, and the greens tough to putt at times. Navigating the wind made the course play tough but fair. If you enjoy a challenge this is the course for you especially from the blue tees. Mahalo!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/29/2023

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course- but some improvements needed

Was disappointing to have 7th hole tee box under repair and have a hokey tee box making it so short and no effort to make tee box even decent. Should not be paying full price with one entire hole basically useless. Would like to see beverage cart with beer or drinks available.

Other than that in very good shape, great views and fun course to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/15/2023

Aloha and thank you for your feedback. We are doing our best make that hole safe again so our guests can play it again as a par 4. As it is, it's still a very challenging uphill par 3 with a 3-tiered green and 5 bunkers protecting the green. Hope you’ll give us another chance in the future as we expect to complete the emergency repairs shortly. Mahalo.

Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 06/15/2023

Mahalo for playing and sharing your review. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/15/2023

Aloha friend. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sand traps

Course was enjoyable, except for the sand traps. Tough to get out of especially with the lack of sand. Most spots I was in was less than 1” with some underlying rocks and/or roots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 05/30/2023

Aloha and thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that maybe not all but most of your round was quite enjoyable. Hope you’ll give us another chance in the future. Mahalo.

Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Not bad

I was here for 10 days and love to play golf, so I bought the 5 round deal, which basically equates the 1 free round. The Royal is a decent track. Personally, I think the front is the nice 9 and features pretty much the only doglegs on the course. The back is most straight with elevation changes. With the exception of #17 there are no interesting Par 3’s. As mentioned, it’s a decent golf course and they keep it in good condition, although it is worth mentioning they didn’t change pins between days a few times, and this resulted in unsightly frayed holes around the edges. Greens were solid and rolled well despite being a bit on the thicker side. It’s an open track and the elements are the biggest challenge. I’d say it plays longer than the yardage. Staff was courteous and the range is fine. I’m glad I played it. There are some fabulous views in a few spots. Pricing is high for the experience and there’s zero dollar value at $235 a round. This is a $75 golf course anywhere other than Hawaii, and they also benefit from no local competition other than Kapalua.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/15/2023

Mahalo for playing and sharing your review. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens were slow and shaggy. Still showed effects of recent aeration.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/22/2023

Aloha and Mahalo for giving us your feedback. Yes, we're just finished our spring aerification on both courses and the greens are rolling beautifully now. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/22/2023

Aloha and Mahalo for giving us your feedback. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Commented on 05/18/2023

Aloha and Mahalo for giving us your 5-star review!. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon here at Kaanapali Golf Courses!

Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/30/2023

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience here at Kaanapali golf courses. We will be sure to let our team know you enjoyed your round of golf with us. We hope to see you again soon. A Hui Hou (until we meet again)!

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