King Kamehameha Golf Club - No. 18
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King Kamehameha Golf Club - No. 18
The par-5 18th hole at King Kamehameha Golf Club heads back toward the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse. Courtesy of King Kahehameha G.C.
King Kamehameha G.C. on Maui - No. 1
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King Kamehameha G.C. on Maui - No. 1
The first hole at King Kamehameha Golf Club is a par 5 that plays toward the ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - No. 3
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King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - No. 3
The third hole at King Kamehameha Golf Club is a downhill par 3 that plays up to 257 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - West Maui mountains
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King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - West Maui mountains
King Kamehameha Golf Club sits up into the West Maui mountains about 700 feet above sea level. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha golf course - No. 6
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King Kamehameha golf course - No. 6
King Kamehameha Golf Club's sixth hole is a short par 4 that is full of water features. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui
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King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui
Entrusted with course design of King Kamehameha Golf Club was Ted Robinson Sr. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha GC - No. 9
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King Kamehameha GC - No. 9
The ninth hole at King Kamehameha Golf Club is an uphill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - No. 10
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King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - No. 10
The par-3 10th hole at King Kamehameha Golf Club tumbles downhill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - No. 11
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King Kamehameha Golf Club on Maui - No. 11
The par-5 11th hole at King Kamehameha Golf Club features water and waterfalls in front of the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha Golf Club in Hawaii - Mount Haleakala
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King Kamehameha Golf Club in Hawaii - Mount Haleakala
From King Kamehameha Golf Club, you can view across the isthmus to Mount Haleakala. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King Kamehameha golf course - No. 14
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King Kamehameha golf course - No. 14
A waterfall runs into a pond at King Kamehameha Golf Club's 14th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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King Kamehameha Golf Club in Hawaii

Located in Wailuku up into the foothills of the West Maui mountains is King Kamehameha Golf Club, one of Hawaii's most exclusive golf experiences.

The club has an interesting history. The famous clubhouse was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a man in Texas in 1949, but the plan was never used until the club sought them out long after his death, and enlarged the plan to 74,000 square feet.

The club opened in 1993 but closed in 1999 after a soured Japanese economy prevented membership sales. In 2006, King Kamehameha reopened with new ownership and a new membership plan.

Today, King Kamehameha is a private golf club that offers limited "Member for a day" access that includes full use of the clubhouse and locker room facilities, and lunch is included in the price. The 18-hole championship course was designed by late Ted Robinson Sr., and it plays 7,060 yards from the championship tees. Many holes play along the mountainside, making for few even lies. There are some spectacular water features incorporated into play, such as the par-4 sixth hole and several more on the back nine, capped with a showy 18th hole back toward the clubhouse. Golfers drive under a rock formation and waterfall upon completion of their round back to the clubhouse.

As exciting as the course is to play, it's the clubhouse and locker rooms that steal the show. Even the sauna has a television, and there is a full bar in both the men's and women's locker rooms.

Right beneath King Kamehameha is public access Kahili Golf Course, a public, daily-fee course run by the same ownership as King Kamehameha.

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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