Pretty in pictures: The player-friendly Kai golf course at Kaanapali Resort on Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The Kai Course might be the easier of the two golf courses at the Kaanapali Resort, but it's by no means the less popular.

Because of its playability and views, this Jack Snyder design that opened in 1962 is popular among families and higher handicappers, but provides plenty of challenge for the better players as well.

At 6,388 yards, it might seem short. But because it's a par 70 and some of the holes play uphill, into the wind or both, there are plenty of difficult holes on the course, especially from the tips. In fact, there are two par 3s that play more than 220 yards from the back tees.

The golf course is also replete with great views, both of the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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Pretty in pictures: The player-friendly Kai golf course at Kaanapali Resort on Maui