Golf in Lana‘i
Lanai has two gorgeous resort courses that offer very different environments and challenges. They are so diverse that it's hard to believe they're on the same island, let alone just 20 minutes apart by resort shuttle.
The Challenge at Manele. Designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1993, this course sits right over the water of Hulopoe Bay. Built on lava outcroppings, it features three holes on cliffs that use the Pacific Ocean as a water hazard. The five-tee concept challenges the best golfers—tee shots over natural gorges and ravines must be precise. This unspoiled natural terrain is a stunning backdrop, and every hole offers ocean views. Early-morning tee times are recommended to avoid the midday heat. Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Challenge Dr., Manele, Lanai City, HI, 96763. 808/565–2222. www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/golf. $210 for guests, $225 for nonguests. 18 holes, 6310 yds, par 72.
The Experience at Koele. Designed by Greg Norman in 1991, this challenging layout begins at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The front 9 move dramatically through ravines wooded with pine, koa, and eucalyptus trees; seven lakes and streams with cascading waterfalls dot the course. No other course in Hawaii offers a more incredible combination of highland terrain, inspired landscape architecture, and range of play challenges. Beware of the superfast greens and high winds on the back 9. Note that this course will be closed for renovations in 2014, with reopening planned for January 2015. Four Seasons Resort Lodge at Koele, 1 Keomuku Hwy., Lanai City, HI, 96763. 808/565–4653. www.fourseasons.com/koele/golf. $210 for guests, $225 for nonguests. 18 holes, 6310 yds, par 72. Closed Mon. and Tues.
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