The Wailea Golf Club: Blue, Emerald, Gold is a 54 hole resort golf complex located in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.
This resort has three award-winning eighteen-hole courses, an outdoor training facility, and two clubhouses. All fifty-four holes afford spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a nearby dormant volcano.
The Blue Course opened in 1972 and features wide fairways that meander throughout the resort and the beautiful homes and condominiums. A proper resort course, the Blue has seventy-four bunkers and four lakes and is consistently ranked among Hawaii's best resort courses.
The Gold Course is the most challenging of the three courses, with its rugged, natural look. The course incorporates ancient lava rock walls, stark rock outcroppings, and gardens of indigenous grasses—strategically-situated bunkers and the undulating terrain demand strategy and finesses to score well.
The Emerald Course has a tropical flavor and abundant blossoms, and beautiful landscaping. Designed to be a fun layout for all golfers, this course has four to six tee boxes on every hole, allowing players to tailor the course to their ability. This club has been honored as one of the country's most female-friendly golf facilities by "Golf for Women" magazine.
Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, December 2013 at 10am
I was fortunate enough to play the Blue Course for free as a guest of a local Destination Management Company owner and long-time resident of Maui. It was $50 to rent clubs so that was pretty high for just fair set of clubs (older Calaways.) The course was in great shape, it was warm without being crazy hot and I thought it was a fair challenge to a 12 handicap Senior Player like me.
$126 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2013 at 6am
Fairways fine, greens surprisingly slow - played same course as Senior Skins, so expected better. Layout is okay, not great - pretty easy for what is billed as a difficult course. Only real challenge is length. Friendly staff, good facility. Played after 12 noon for price break, but still paid $140 - morning rate is $179, which is just too high for such an easy resort course.
$101 (cart included), played on Friday, April 2013 at noon
This is the Emerald course. Fabulous course, perfect greens and fairways. Views every hole. Perhaps the best course in Hawaii (we played Poipu, Princville(2), Lagoons, Kaanapali Royal). The only downside is that it may be easier than the others listed. But given a choice to play one in Hawaii, this would be it. We got a good price because they had sanded about 10 days earlier. Oh, and the starter gave us the best tip about how to read the greens and it applied to the other courses as well. (putts roll towards the brown edges of the cup.)
$176 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2011 at 8am
Good course well laid out, but not worth $180 a round.
$176 (cart included), played on Wednesday, January 2008 at noon
Wonderful course to play...probably my favorite course in Hawaii. Fairways are relatively open and forgiving with spectacular views and course landscaping.
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$126 (cart included), played on Wednesday, January 2014 at 10am
Played the blue quite a few times over the years. It is a resort course bordered on many holes by condos etc, but quite roomy most of the time. A few great picture type holes but most are pretty mundane. Generally the course is kept in pretty good condition but greens are slow. I generally find the price and the staff a little stuck up for what the course really is. The other two courses are much more difficult and interesting, the emerald and gold but I don't play them much. We bought a two round card, the first game got rained out at the third hole (they didn't close the course but we were soaked in a tropical downpour) but they wouldn't refund due to the fact they hadn't closed. The second game we gave up after playing nine holes in three hours. Again, no refund or even rain check.