Even casual golfers are familiar with Kapalua, the telegenic first stop on the PGA Tour calendar. With Tiger in the forefront and whales in the background, it is the epitome of golf in Hawaii.
The Golf Makena (North and South courses)
makenagolf.com Grand Wailea Resort (Gold Course)
waileagolf.com Grand Wailea (Emerald/Blue courses)
The Card Wrecker
Wailea Gold Course 10th hole, 415 yards, par 4
Robert Trent Jones Jr. on how to play it
Local Knowledge What to do
- [LIST "Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea offers a Shiatsu Back Walk Massage, in which a bare foot therapist works your body with her feet. It's a perfect post-golf treat. $225 for 80 minutes; $275 for 110 minutes."] [LIST "Maui Ocean Center is devoted to island marine life. Among the coolest exhibits is a real water hazard: a 12-foot tiger shark. Admission: $22 for adults, $15 for kids 3-12.
808-270-7000, mauioceancenter.com"] [LIST "Maui Eco Tours relies on kayaks, not motorized boats. Guides take you whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling with turtles.
866-891-2223, mauiecotours.com"] Where to Eat
- [LIST "If you're hankering for seared foie gras sushi, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (1881 S. Kihei Road, 808-879-0004) is your spot. You'll also find traditional Japanese dishes, but the focus is on fresh food, innovatively prepared."] [LIST "Joe's on Wailea Ike Place (808-875-7767) serves comforting, casual food. Try the baked crab dip and meatloaf with wine."] [LIST "The atmosphere at Tommy Bahama Cafe (3750 Wailea Alunai, 808-875-8893) is a little Jimmy Buffetesque, but there's no better place for a pulled pork sandwich and a cocktail at the bar."] Where to Stay
- [LIST "The GOLF Magazine Gold Medal-winning Grand Wailea stands out for its luxury, even on an island known for high-end hotels. Rooms start at $315. Guests get a slight discount on greens fees. 808-875-1234, grandwailea.com."]