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“Good value and challenging course”
Review of Waiehu Golf Course

Waiehu Golf Course
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Los Angeles
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“Good value and challenging course”
Reviewed 4 January 2010

For non-resident it's $50/round, $20 for club rental (Golden-Bear similar clubs) and $18 for gas cart (needed adjustment since I only ride electrical cart). Only cash will be accepted. Front nine is walkable but back nine is very hilly. I recommend the gas cart if you want to conserve energy for more activities with family later. Hole #6 and #7 are by the ocean. Wind will definitely be a factor in your swing strategy. The question is how much wind will there be on the day you play. The majority of my putts in the back nine broke toward the ocean. Some of the greens are poorly maintained. Staff members were friendly.

Note: if you're a resident and a senior (62+), you only pay $3 per round on weekdays.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Amazing value and location!”
Reviewed 31 January 2009

My wife and I spent two glorious weeks on Maui this past month. To say that Waiehu is superb value is an understatement. The $50.00 walk on visitor rate ( plus Cart) is easily one of the most affordable I have seen. Compared to the Resort courses this is a such a great deal, it needs to be noted. The layout is challenging and the scenery remarkable. After many trips to Maui and playing the other courses regularly this value is outstanding.

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“Great bargain and layout, conditions a little iffy”
Reviewed 5 May 2005

This is my second trip to Maui. Last time, I played Kapalua Bay Course for $180. This time, I researched all of the resort courses and found that their fees were all about $150. The Dunes course looked interesting at $100, but it has been hot over here and that course is not near the ocean. Accordingly, I decided to try Waiehu at $26.
It is a fantastic bargain. The layout is pretty spectacular. The back nine plays up into the hills and several holes have fantastic views of the coastline, the ocean and Halekala. The front nine is pretty flat and has three holes (6, 7 and 8) that play right up against the ocean, although the ocean isn't in play if you don't hit a big push or a slice. More than just being up against the ocean, the course is quite well-designed. No. 1 is 500-yd par 5 with a partly blind tee shot over thick vegetation. No. 2 is a deceptive-looking par 3 over water. The wind off the ocean makes no. 2 very difficult to club. No. 5 is a 235-yd, downhill par 3 that requires either a really straight shot over a hill or a high fade (like I have that in my bag). No. 6 is a short par (355 yd), but the second shot is completely blind into a small green wedged between a hill and the beach. No. 9 is about a 400-yd par 4, but the second shot is straight up a hill. I overclubbed and put my second shot 80 feet above the hold on the third of a three-level green with the hole on the bottom level (you can't see the levels from the fairway). I hit a nice putt, which ran 15 feet past the hole into the fringe. No. 15 has a beautiful ocean view from the tee and plays straight downhill. You can hit a huge drive and leave yourself 75 yards to the hole and then miss the green because it is so difficult to figure out how hard to hit your wedge. I saw three groups come through with most people having that shot and everyone missed the green. No. 16 is a 115-yard par 3 that plays straight uphill with the wind at your back. It is very difficult to club. I clubbed up two clubs and blew my tee shot 15 yards over the green due to the wind.
While the layout is spectular, the conditions are kind of iffy, which is to be expected. The greens are inconsistent. The rough isn't high, but is very fluffy.
All in all, I highly recommend Waiehu. Unlike the resort courses -- which seem to have been designed mainly to fit with the hotels and so have a couple "signature" holes that come out to the ocean while everything else plays around the development -- Waiehu is laid out for the golf. And it's really cheap! One tip: bring cash. You can't pay the greens fees with a credit card or any form of plastic.

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“Great Low Price Course”
Reviewed 20 November 2003

Grew up on Maui playing this course, we used to pay 3$/month (10 years ago) as juniors and play until we couldn't walk any more. That should give you an idea of it's "affordability." Three of the bottom nine are directly next to the ocean, and it's pretty easy to knock one in the waves. The fifth is a great hole, about 230 yard par-3 cliff shot with sweeping views of Haleakala and Maui's shoreline. The back nine is pretty hilly, but also very scenic. This course is by no means short.
The first hole is a dogleg right par-5, 500+ yards. Second is a par-3 over a pond, third is a 400+ par-4, and the fourth is another 500+ par-5. The rest of the course continues on like that, though the fairways are relatively open and the vibe on the course if very relaxed. Lots of "locals" play this course, there's certainly no local mentality here, since everyone's just out for a great round of golf.
I've found that conditions of the course can vary greatly depending on the time of year, rainfall, aeration, etc. Even in it's worse state, this is still a great course to play!

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