Emerald Course at Wailea G.C.
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Emerald Course at Wailea G.C.
Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club to maximize the sea views. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 11
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 11
The 11th hole on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club is a long, uphill par 5. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 13
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 13
The 13th hole on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club is a short-and-sweet, downhill par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 16
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 16
The 16th hole on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club is a well protected par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 15
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 15
The par-4 15th hole heads uphill, a rarity on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club on Maui. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 17
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 17
The 17th hole on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club is a short par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea G.C. - holes 10 and 17
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Emerald Course at Wailea G.C. - holes 10 and 17
The 10th and 17th holes on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club share a double green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 18
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 18
The par-5 18th hole on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club starts from an elevated tee and heads downhill for a fantastic finish. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 17
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 17
The Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club, thanks to picturesque holes like the 17th, is one of Maui's signature plays. Courtesy of Wailea G.C.
Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 1
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club - hole 1
The par-4 first on the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club plays downhill toward the ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club in Maui epitomizes scenic, Hawaii resort golf

WAILEA, Maui, Hawaii -- The Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club is one of three 18-hole courses at the south Maui golf course and resort development, and it's undeniably the most scenic of the trio. The Emerald plays beside the Gold Course, and they were both designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in the early 1990s.

Both the Gold and the Emerald play along the base of Mount Haleakala, the 10,000-foot-high formation that makes up Maui's eastern half. Both courses play through dense, native vegetation and black rock walls that were used as property markers for old fishing villages generations ago. The most notable design feature on the Emerald is the large, double green shared by the 10th and 17th holes. The 18th hole is one of the island's great finishing holes, a downhill par 5 that plays toward Pu'u'olai, the volcanic cinder cone that is the signature landmark of south Maui.

While the Gold Course is often more highly rated by panelists and more difficult from the championship tees, the Emerald is the most popular of the three courses in Wailea, thanks to both its scenery and a very player-friendy design. The course can play more than 6,800 yards from the back tees, but the holes tend to play downhill more than uphill.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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