Ka'anapali Kai

4.5 stars out of 5
(based on 7 reviews)
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Kaanapali Beach
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
Maui County
Phone(s): (866) 454-4653 , (808) 661-3691

The Ka'anapali Kai is one of two championship courses at Ka'anapali Resort on Maui. This Arthur Jack Snyder design plays shorter and narrower than the sister Royal Ka'anapali.

View of the 4th green at Ka'anapali Kai.Danielle Ujimori playing at Ka'anapali KaiView of the 5th green and bunker at Ka'anapali Kai.Looking back from the 3rd green at Ka'anapali Kai.At 6,388 yards, Ka'anapali Kai plays shorter than next door Royal Ka'anapali. The third hole at Ka'anapali Kai is a long par 3.The Sugar Cane Train runs along several holes at Ka'anapali Kai. Ka'anapali Kai has a special set of The par-3 sixth hole on the Ka'anapali Kai golf course plays up to 193 yards. The par-4 ninth hole at Ka'anapali Kai plays downhill toward the ocean. The 15th hole at Ka'anapali Kai is a 360-yard par 4. The 16th hole at Ka'anapali Kai is a 402-yard par 4. The 18th hole at Ka'anapali Kai is a tricky, dogleg left par 4.Both the Ka'anapali Kai and Royal Ka'anapali golf courses play out of the same clubhouse. The sun sets over the island of Lanai at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Ka'anapali. The Kai Course might not be as heralded as the Royal Course at Kaanapali Resort, but local golfers love playing there.The first couple of holes, including the 370-yard second, ease golfers in on the Kaanapali Kai Course.The par-4 seventh hole on the Kaanapali Kai Course is beautiful.A sea of blue sits behind the green of the par-4 ninth at the Kaanapali Kai Course on Maui.The par-3 11th hole on the Kaanapali Kai Course plays downhill.The 402-yard par-4 16th is one of the tougher holes on the Kai Course at Kaanapali Resort on Maui.The 18th hole on the Kaanapali Kai Course finishes in front of the Paradise Grill. Kaanapali Resort has a well stocked golf shop, especially for women.

The Ka'anapali Resort on Maui is home to two championship golf courses, set on 1,200 acres of land home to ancient Hawaiian royalty. The Ka'anapali Kai course is an Arthur Jack Snyder design from 1976 that received an extensive renovation in 2005. The golf course is shorter and has a lower slope/rating compared to its sister Royal Ka'anapali course, but also plays narrower in most spots. Many holes are tucked into the West Maui Mountains The golf course is women-friendly with a forward set of "Hibiscus" tees at 4,522 yards, and also less expensive to resort guests and visitors compared to Royal Ka'anapali, which has played host to numerous professional events.

4.5 stars out of 5
(based on 7 reviews)
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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jack Snyder, Robin Nelson
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1976
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Bermuda Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Lava 70 6388 136 71.6
Sand 70 6010 133 69.4
Sand (W) 70 6010 133 76
Fern 70 5563 127 67.3
Fern (W) 70 5563 124 73
Hibiscus 70 4522 110 62.3
Hibiscus (W) 70 4522 113 66.7

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Rusty Brinkman
    on October 24th, 2014 12:19
    Both courses have been in good shape every year we have been back since 2002. Although I am an avid golfer it is very hard to concentrate on golf whenever you are walking down the fairways and looking over to Lanai or looking at the whales and the beaches. The views are the make the golf course so enjoyable.
  • 3.5 stars out of 5
    by Ethan Fisher
    on September 06th, 2010 10:46
    The course is in good shape and is definitely challenging and interesting. This may not be the best course to play if you don't want to deal with slow play or being matched with other groups, but other than that I recommend it to all players.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Dawn Crozier
    on April 12th, 2010 21:46
    Love the course, good for everyone, no matter the handicap! Greens are in great shape & the course can play super hard, or not so much. Really a shot placement course. One of my favorites on the island.

    On the other side, the people who work at the course are super friendly & go out of their way to make sure your experience is awesome.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Dave Boyd
    on April 12th, 2010 21:46
    The course was in great shape. A great golfing experience! All of the staff from the pro shop, bag attendants to the greenskeepers working on the course could not have been better. I'm going to recommend Ka'anapali to all of my friends. I can't wait to visit again!
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Ron O'Connor
    on March 31st, 2010 16:01
    My partner and I were treated with great respect the minute we entered the club house. We are ave. golfers and had the best time, with two other players we had never met before. The course played challenging for us, but also was not the toughest we had ever played. The par three's are long enough to be tough for some, and the greens are challenging to putt on. You will never be treated any better than at this course, from the club house to the person whom puts you in a cart. Thanks again for a great time, I'm sure we will be back some time....
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by John
    on January 11th, 2010 11:22
    Nice course, good challenge. Wind makes some holes play much longer.
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Will McIntosh
    on January 08th, 2010 00:00
    Not as difficult as the sister course Royal, but the Kai course is a par 70 that is definitely in great shape and has a number of scenic holes.
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