A Worthy Tropical Challange

Kapalua Plantation Golf Course

Every year since 1999, Kapalua has hosted the PGA Tour's previous season winners for a tropical kick-off to the new PGA Tour season. These champions journey to the lovely Kapalua Plantation Course every January to compete in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. 

About The Kapalua Plantation Golf Course

Sentry Tournament of Champions

Today, Kapalua actually boasts two superb 18-hole golf courses: the Kapalua Plantation Course and The Kapalua Bay Golf Course, regularly considered two of the best golf courses on Maui. Both offer championship golf conditions and exceptional Pacific Ocean vistas. The Kapalua Plantation Course in particular features abrupt changes in elevation in some places as well as a variety of playing conditions. Unlike the golf courses of Wailea, Kapalua's weather is much less predictable.

This acclaimed golf course draws PGA champs and public golfers alike to challenge it's often less than hospitable conditions. Play this course and you might enjoy a sunny breezy front nine and 30 miles an hour of wind and rain on the back.

This lovely Par 73 golf course extends over 7,411 yards in length. It offers broad fairways and a number of challenging holes (as well as a clubhouse, lockers, a driving range, and a practice green). Golfers have voted this course as the best in the State of Hawaii.

A Famous Site

Located at 2000 Plantation Club Drive, this prestigious golf course welcomes both the public and club members. Although the PGA Sentry Tournament of Champions remains the most widely covered event conducted here, the facility sometimes hosts numerous lesser-known private tournaments and charitable events, too. The course remains open on most days between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Since the golf course opened, these links have welcomed many famous names in the sport of golf. Just a few of the prominent stars who have competed here in the past include Davis Love, III, Justin Leonard, and Tiger Woods. People taking vacations in West Maui often choose to play on these greens in order to experience a fun, yet challenging venue.

Some Remarkable Features of The Kapalua Plantation Course

The golf course nestles itself in the foothills of the scenic West Maui Mountains. One of its most striking characteristics concerns its variable elevations. In order to complete the course, golfers must direct shots both uphill and downhill. The 18th hole requires the ball to travel some 585 yards on a slope, for example.

Many golfers also discover wind significantly impacts their play in some locations during certain hours of the day. Strong breezes sometimes waft through this coastal site. Heavy gusts of wind may impact the outcomes of a golfer's shots. These conditions contribute to the challenge (and the excitement) of playing on this renowned course.

Important Recent Updates

Ben Crenshaw, a well known PGA player, formed a partnership with Bill Coore to design golf courses in 1986. The company's portfolio includes work on many popular greens. Just a few of the famous courses designed by Coore & Crenshaw include:

  • The Austin Golf Club Course in Austin, Texas (2001);
  • The Clear Creek Tahoe Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (2009);
  • The Ozark National Course in Branson, Missouri (2019).

One of the firm's earliest projects involved designing the Plantation Golf Course in Kapalua. It opened for the first time in 1991.

This year, the company finished updating the project. Plans for this upgrade became public for the first time in March 2018. Some of the renovations included resurfacing the links with new varieties of Bermuda grass and improving bunkers along the course. The Kapalua Plantation Golf Course is now open for play again on a limited schedule as of December 2020.

Homes Close To Kapalua Plantation Golf Course

Kapalua Homes For Sale Near The Course

Kapalua Real estate

Sometimes Maui real estate buyers actively seek resale lots or homes close to this Kapalua attraction. The lovely Plantation Estates at 215 Plantation Club Drive offers close proximity to the Plantation course. Comprised of luxurious single-family custom homes on spacious lots, this elegant subdivision actually adjoins several fairways. During recent years, these opulent dwellings have frequently commanded multimillion-dollar price ranges. Homeowners in Plantation Estates also receive reduced rates at both of the Kapalua golf courses and the Kapalua Tennis Gardens.

These Honolua Ridge homes for sale in Kapalua also appeal to astute Maui realty buyers. These residences stand on a ridge overlooking portions of Kapalua golf courses. Many of these luxurious homes enjoy panoramic vistas of the coastline near Kapalua and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Finding Luxurious Residences in Kapalua

Discerning luxury buyers prefer Kapalua for many reasons, but the chance to live close to the spectacular Kapalua Plantation course ranks up there. Luxury buyers also benefit from obtaining the skilled assistance of an experienced Maui real estate agent. Reach out to Evan Harlow with Coldwell Banker to discover magnificent properties for sale or for lease near the distinctive Plantation Golf Course in Kapalua this year!

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