Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Maui is one of the most beautiful places on earth and people spend a lot of time and money to get there. Once you are there and enjoying the tropical paradise, you will definitely want to golf but you will find a lot of expensive options. However, be sure not to overlook Maui Nui in the heart of Kihei, which is a relatively affordable romp through the Maui countryside with ocean views.
The course was in good shape the day I played it and there weren't too many people out there so I got to breeze around in about 3 hours or so.
MN is a tail of 2 nines. The first nine is reminiscent of Puakea in Kauai, a mix of straightforward yet fun holes and along with jungle holes featuring blind tee shots.
The second nine reminds me a lot of Silver Oak in Nevada which routes itself tightly through a housing development and major streets and is rather schizophrenic in its character. There are two really good elements of MN. The first is its bunkers:
I just love the red/brownish look of Hawaiian bunkers and the bunkers on this course just take up so much real estate on the approaches that they demand your respect.
The second element of MN that I enjoyed were the par 3s. All of them are interesting and challenging, especially on the back nine.
The most picturesque hole at MN is the 15th hole (they even have signs on the course talking about the 15th!). My picture doesn't really do it justice but you have the hole framed by trees and ponds and cook pines and then in the distance you have the Pacific and the slopes of Maui's mountains. It is quite the vista.
It would have been fascinating to play Maui Nui before all of the development. The back nine just is too residential for my taste rather than the wilder woolier front side. Still, if you are looking for a solid round of golf that won't break the bank on your vacation, be sure to check out this course!
For more info on Maui Nui, check out this link: https://www.mauinuigolfclub.com/