Top 100 You Can Play Up Close: The Challenge at Manele

Top 100 You Can Play Up Close: The Challenge at Manele

The gorgeous Challenge at Manele is set high above Lanai's Hulopo'e Bay.
Evan Schiller

Microsoft maestro Bill
Gates brought a whole new
meaning to “closing the
deal” on the Challenge at Manele: on
New Years Day 1994 he married
his wife on the 12th tee of this Jack
Nicklaus design. You might not
leave the course as happy as Gates did

that day — this layout is called “The
Challenge” for a very good reason —
but you’ll be equally thrilled with
the superb setting.

January 2008 Golf Magazine Cover
January 2008

Ranked No. 33 on our Top 100
Courses You Can Play, the Challenge
at Manele opened 14 years ago and is
set among black lava outcroppings
on a hillside above the Pacific Ocean.
As Gates proved, the 202-yard, par-3
12th gets all the flashbulbs: its green
and tees are separated by vertical cliff
faces with the crashing surf of Hulopo’e Bay 150 feet below. But the
444-yard, par-4 17th is no less
impressive — and daunting. A 215-
yard carry (from the tips) across an
ocean inlet is the initial requirement
on this dogleg right. Along your way
to the green you’ll also encounter
blind shots, archeological sites, kiawe
groves and wild ilima trees. Just a
typical stroll in the park for Hawaii!

Like most courses on the islands,
golf here isn’t priced to sell. But even
if $225 means more to you than it
does to Mr. Gates — and that’s a safe
assumption — you’ll be richer for
having grappled with this Challenge.

Challenge at Manele
Lanai City, Hawaii
7,039 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $225

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