Maui's Ka'anapali Golf Resort introduces the Golf My Way package deal for the casual Hawaii golfer
One of golf's greatest barriers to play is the time it takes to play 18 holes.
In Hawaii, where the pace of life is decidedly slower to begin with, one resort on Maui is offering an innovative alternative: Stretch your 18-hole round of golf for days.
The Ka'anapali Golf Resort, home to two 18-hole golf courses, has introduced the "Golf My Way" program for 2010, which allows golfers to book an 18-hole round but play at their own leisure, whether that's over the course of a day or throughout their stay.
While serious sticks are going to be playing 18 holes (or even a second twilight round) in one day, casual golfers who just want a taste of Maui resort golf can spread out their round over the course of their stay. This means you could play six holes one day, resume on the seventh the following day and finish up - or stretch it out even further.
Hawaii may be one of the world's great golf destinations, but it's under a lot of competition from the islands' other attractions. Ka'anapali sees its share of family vacationers, and when you've got family in tow, a four-hour round of golf might not edge out the resort's other options.
Ed Kageyama, PGA General Manager at Ka'anapali says its family-friendly resort means that sometimes golf isn't always priority No. 1, when there's beach activities such as parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing.
"Parents can play a few holes in the morning, spend the rest of the day doing family activities and come back later during their vacation to finish the round," Kageyama said.
Royal Ka'anapali and Ka'anapali Kai
The Golf My Way package is available on both of Ka'anapali's golf courses. Royal Ka'anapali is the championship course of the two, playing 6,700 yards and has hosted the Champions Tour Ka'anapali Classic for 14 years. A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design built in 1962, the course underwent a $13 million renovation between 2005-2006 and has since been rated a 4.5-star golf facility by Golf Digest.
Ka'anapali Kai, while still an 18-hole, full-length play at 6,400 yards, will play a bit easier for the casual player, but is every bit as scenic, with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, as seen on Golf Channel's "Big Break Ka'anapali."
The Ka'anapali Kai course is especially family friendly with its "kids play free" program and junior set of tees available in the afternoon during the summer months. Each summer, 1,500 juniors tee it up at Ka'anapali.
"Our goal at the resort is to provide activities to keep families together during their vacation," said Kageyama.
For more information, see www.kaanapaliresort.com.
January 15, 2010