The Golf Gems of Hawaii

Golf in Hawaii is the best kind of golf to play in the winter. Hawaii truly is a golf paradise. A perfect climate, the incredible beauty of the island and some of the best courses designed by the world's top architects are the perfect ingredients for an ideal golf getaway. Maui voted as the "Best Island in the U.S" is the second largest Hawaiian island. The island is popular for the astonishing, world-famous beaches, farm-to-table cuisine and for the top-notch golf courses. The view of the migrating humpback whales during winter months is impossible to forget.

Wailea Golf Club includes the Gold, Emerald and Old Blue golf courses - the 54 holes of championship golf that have made Wailea so popular. The Old Blue Course at Wailea Golf Club was opened in 1971. Today, Wailea is also home to other two top courses: the Gold Course and Emerald Course.

Old Blue Golf Course

If you are a fan of old-style golf, Old Blue is a must-play being one of the original resort courses in the state. This classic course has wide fairways, and the course conditions are great. The view from the 12th tee box, a 152-yard par 3, is amazing, but so are the others. The 16th is has a special view for whale watchers.

Emerald Course

The Emerald Course is an 18-hole course and it's undeniably the most scenic and most popular of the Blue-Emerald-Golden trio. The Emerald and the Gold Courses were 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. Both courses play through lush, native vegetation and black rock walls. The top design feature on the Emerald is the large, double green shared by the 10th and 17th holes, while the 18th hole is one of the best finishing holes of the island, a downhill par 5 that plays toward Pu'u'olai, the signature landmark of south Maui. The course can play more than 6,800 yards from the back tees, but the holes tend to play downhill more than uphill. If you are playing Emerald, book on Gold too, for a full golf experience.

Gold Course

This is one of the most popular Hawaiian playgrounds for golfers. It is a world-class golf course, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. gem. Gold is a perfectly focused man's golf course and the 6th hole is a perfect example for that. You really need to club correctly, know the distances and factor in the elevation changes, so it is challenging and fun to play this one.

While this course doesn't offer as many stunning views as the Emerald, it's a bit more challenging and also rewarding, with its inspired design and great conditions to play on. It is a treat with more strategically placed bunkers. The course is more difficult to play when the wind starts to blow, so get up early and play in the morning. This course is an ideal place for non-experienced golfers to have a good time, but challenging enough to keep things exciting for better players.

Five-Star Golf Destination

Today, Wailea is also home to the Wailea Tennis Club, stunning white crescent beaches, five-star resorts, the Shops at Wailea, and a spirit of aloha that comes from the Hawaiian tradition. After your challenging round, enjoy a bite to eat or a cold brew with your friends. Spend your golf days at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and fill your island getaway with a variety of entertaining local attractions.

Kapalua Bay Course

Kapalua Bay Course was designed by the famous architect, Arnold Palmer. Over the years the Bay Course hosted over 20 professional tournaments. This top course features the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui. You will enjoy the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the challenging game. With the spectacular view and the wind, you might find difficult sometimes to focus on the game. There are so many holes that have breathtaking views that you can hardly focus on the ball. You will definitely have an amazing time out there, with some good holes and fairly wide fairways so it's easy to stay out of trouble. The 5th hole is obviously a marvel with the tee shot over the Ocean. The staff is great there, professional and friendly.