The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course

Play a Challenging Round at The Dunes at Maui Lani – Hawaii’s Only Natural Dune Golf Course
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A round at The Dune at Maui Lani provides you with a challenging game in a beautiful setting. Players of all abilities can enjoy a day on the links or driving range at this course. The course design is unlike any that you’ll find elsewhere in Hawaii or the United States. Add these links to your bucket list whether you are a die-hard golf aficionado or just want to enjoy a leisurely round surrounded by the beauty of Maui.

- The Local Expert Team

Visit The Dunes at Maui Lani in central Maui for a challenging round of golf that rewards all players with an enjoyable game. This golf course takes advantage of the natural volcanoes and valleys of Maui to create its classic design. It is the only course of its type in Hawaii to make minimal changes to the terrain, allowing the area to retain its natural beauty, so golfers enjoy a unique experience.

Originally, golf courses used the natural sloping dunes of the area. Over time, as golf expanded around the world, the land required became difficult to find. Golf course designers moved land to create the slopes and water hazards artificially. This process allowed many more places to have golf courses. However, designing using natural terrain became less common.

The Dunes at Maui Lani stands apart from other golf courses. Situated on Maui, also known as the “Valley Isle,” The Dunes features gently sloping hills and dales, ideal for a golf course. Robin Nelson, the course’s architect, used as much of the natural terrain as possible with minimal changes to create the design of the course. Today, it is the only set of links on natural-dune terrain in Hawaii.

Players appreciate the elevation changes and lack of straight lines in the course. These features add to the challenge for those with both high and low handicaps. Several of the holes will require two or three different clubs to complete, keeping gameplay interesting. If you need clubs, the pro shop has left and right-handed sets available for rent.

While golfing, don’t forget to look up at the breathtaking scenery. At sunset, the sun dips below the mountains on the west side of the island. Though not an ocean sunset, the view is still amazing.

Creature comforts during your game are also important. The Dunes includes a pro shop and restaurant, Cafe O’Lei to provide you with the supplies and food you need to enjoy your day. Plus, a load-out area right in front of the pro shop makes it easy to unload your clubs directly into your cart. You will find ample parking for the course, too.

Of the three public courses on Maui, visitors frequently cite The Dunes to be the best. The amazing setting, challenging course, and good rates make it an ideal stop for anyone who wants to golf on Maui. Plus, by playing a round here, you get the unique experience of playing at a minimally changed natural dune course.

Don’t miss the chance to play a round at The Dunes at Maui Lani. You’ll challenge your skills and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the course. If golf is in your plans, schedule a tee time at The Dunes.

Insider Tips:
-Save money by choosing a tee time later in the day. Times after 3 pm cost the least.
-Rent left or right-handed Titleist clubs from the pro shop if you don’t have your own.
-Don’t feed or get close to the native Hawaiian geese (Nene) that frequent the course.
-Most of the golf carts have coolers. Fill them up with drinks and snacks before starting because you will not be near the clubhouse until the 18th hole.
-While the course encourages proper golf attire of golf shorts or pants and a collared shirt, they are not required. As long as your clothing is appropriate for the family-friendly atmosphere and you do not have open-toed shoes, you will be able to play.