2000 Plantation Club Drive
Kapalua GolfHome to the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions each January, Kapalua Golf sprawls south of the Ritz-Carlton (the resort itself is set slightly back from the sea to preserve an ancient Hawaiian burial ground). Choose the Arnold Palmer–designed Bay Course for dramatic views and Maui's only oceanside hole (the par-3 fifth). Meanwhile, the Plantation Course—honoring some 24,000 acres of pineapples that once grew here—remains among the best in Hawaii and, indeed, in all America. A first collaboration between minimalist architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, it features jungled canyons, elevation changes, and challenging shots onto fairways and greens. Both beginners and scratch golfers appreciate the instruction at Kapalua's renowned Golf Academy. Try to tee off early, before the winds kick up.