Tuesday, May 26, 2009


That's right...it's summer time. Not only do the kids get out of school for 3 months, (if they are lucky) but its the time for family vacations. Its also time for the parents to be watching the $$$ but yet, still let everyone have a great time.

Seeing as how the economy is still down in the dumps and people are watching how much they are spending on luxury items and such, we here at Golf-Maui are going to offer some great Maui-Money-Savin' Golf Deals.

It seems to us that a lot of people come to Maui and only play golf at the resort courses. You know who you are so we don't have to name names. But, Maui has some other great non-resort courses as well. And, since the penny pinching is in full swing, we are going to tell you where to play that won't bust your wallet wide open.

1) Pukalani Country Club
Golf-Maui offers this outstanding course for $74.
Pukalani is nestled on the slopes of Haleakala in the sleepy little town of Pukalani. It's a fantastic layout that weaves itself between houses and sugar cane fields. No two holes are alike and it is most certainly not a "cookie cutter" golf course. At 1200' elevation it is a lot cooler than Kahului, Wailea or Kapalua and the views rival that of the best resort courses on the island!Pukalani is probably the most underated course on the island just because it doesn't have a hefty price associated with it. But, don't let it fool you, this course gives you the most "Bang For Your Buck."

2) Elleair Maui Golf Club
Golf-Maui has several different price options for different times throughout the day. Please see one of our booking pages from the links at the right for current price/time options.
Wow....Elleair. Since it was built in 1986, Elleair has gone under dramatic enhancements and all for the better. The course sits right in the middle of Kihei off of Piilani Highway and Lipoa. People usually see it when they are driving on Piilani. The layout is great and the pace of play is quick ( and so are the greens). The course itself winds its way through some desert-like areas as well as lush forested areas. Elleair is a layout which is both friendly to the weekend hacker and yet can be devastating to the low handicapper as well. Elleair is one of our TOP 5 MUST PLAYS when you come to Maui. And with green fees that start at $99, its a bargain.

3) Makena North
Golf-Maui has several different price options for different times throughout the day. Please see one of our booking pages from the links at the right for current price/time options.
Makena North is one of only two resort courses to make it into our TOP 5 MUST PLAYS from an island that has plenty of resort golf. First off, the views on this course are extremely breathtaking! If you are in the fairway and don't stop to look back at the tee boxes every now and then, you are truly missing out on images that will be forever etched into your mind. We have seen fantastic sunsets, breaching whales in the ocean and wild deer which like to leave hoof prints in the sand bunkers. Makena North is a layout which will not soon be forgotten; especially when you play the par 5 14th which is a downhill 600+ yarder. My boss says he has the longest drive EVER on that hole in which his drive ended up 15 yards short of the bunkers at the bottom of the hill. With immaculate course conditions and friendly pro shop staff, it is no wonder Makena North made our TOP 5.

4) Wailea Old Blue
Golf-Maui has several different price options for different times throughout the day. Please see one of our booking pages from the links at the right for current price/time options.
So, you want to play a Wailea Course, but you're afraid of tapping into the kids college fund, eh? Have no fear, Golf-Maui is here. And, to help us out, is the first golf course to be built on the south side of Maui- Wailea Old Blue. This former LPGA event host has all the resort amenities without the resort price tag. The course has plenty of elevation change from tee to green and it even has a couple of par 4's which dare you to drive them from the tee. The layout winds its way through estates and lush forests and can be seen when one drives into the Wailea area. The course has never been one to disappoint our staff when we go to play it. We like it for its wide fairways and large, fast, undulating greens.

5) The Dunes at Maui Lani
Golf-Maui offers The Dunes for $102 until 2pm. The after 2pm rate through Golf-Maui is $75.
That's right, you read that correctly...$102. The Dunes is the newest and hardest course on Maui. Built right in the center of the island this in-land links style course can be a real bear when the trade winds are blowing. The greens are hard and fast and will usually put a weird look on your face because the ball doesn't do what you expect it to do; the first time or the second time! But, don't let what I have written here scare you off. The Dunes is a great course at an exceptional price. Just beware of holes 8, 9 and 10...we happen to call those 3 "Bull&@*t Corner." Play it and you will see why.

Golf-Maui offers both courses in one day for $309. That includes both green fees and roundtrip ferry transportation from Lahaina.
Have you ever played golf on Lanai? Well, bite the bullet and do it. This is a price that is too good to be true. You leave Lahaina at 6:45a and arrive on Lanai around 7:30a. The shuttle service will collect $10 from you and then take you up to Koele. After you are done playing at Koele, the shuttle drops you off down at Manele. After Manele comes the sleep ride, I mean ferry ride back to Maui at 6:45p. A full day of golf for one unbeatable cost!

Check out our websites for current prices, course reviews and activities. And don't forget to book these inexpensive courses online through our websites as well. There is no middleman, account setups or credit card checkouts through our sites. You submit...we book...you save!