Bay Course & Plantation CourseTwo Great Courses
#2 Best in State – Golf Digest (Top ranked public course in Hawaii)
The Bay Course at Kapalua is the older of the two current Kapalua Resort courses and offers a striking contrast to the sweeping vistas and constantly changing elevations of the nearby Kapalua Plantation Course. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane and opened in 1975, the Bay Course typifies what many golfers expect to find in a Hawaii golf experience.
Two seaside holes are found at No. 4 and 5. The 5th hole, an inspiring cliffside par-3, defines the name ‘Kapalua,’ or ‘arms embracing the sea,’ as it caresses a small inlet of crashing surf. The 16th hole, with a carry over a pond to a crafty split fairway, is one of Hawaii’s best par-4s. Many of the other 15 holes offer pleasing views of the ocean and Molokai just across the Pailolo Channel and the surrounding collection of condominiums are hardly noticed, a compliment to the inherent beauty of this course.
The layout provides a pleasing golf experience as it flows through the gently sloping topography. That is, unless golfers choose to play from the back championship tees. A mature, beautifully landscaped and manicured course, the Bay Course has a loyal following of golfers both old and new.