Golf in Lanai
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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. 18 holes. 6310 yds. Par 72, slope 126. Green Fee: hotel guests $210, nonguests $225. Facilities: driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.
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. Four Seasons Resort Lodge at Koele, 1 Keomuku Hwy., Lanai City, HI, 96763. 808/565-4653. www.fourseasons.com/koele/golf. 18 holes. 6310 yds. Par 72, slope 134. Green Fee: hotel guests $210, nonguests $225. Closed Mon. and Tues. Facilities: driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons.
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