this was the 3rd course we played while on vacation (plantation then emerald and then gold). used Golfnow specials for tee time.
just like emerald, this course was in super shape. greens were smooth and rolled well.
This course was far more difficult than emerald as there seemed to be more greenside bunkering and far more uphill approach shots. Course requires some forced carries over lava and I did not think that in general there was as much ocean view. I could have used some local knowledge on a few of the holes where I underclubbed going uphill and over clubbed off of the tee a couple of times. There were some tips on the cart GPS and they helped a bit. seemed like an odd day as the wind was changing directions and the course layout is geared towards the prevailing winds. Lends to some really long into-the-wind par 4's when the design likely was moving in the other direction on those holes.
Gave this a rating of 4 as my wife did not like it as much as she liked emerald. There is not much run-up to the greens due to the elevated greens on nearly every hole. This is a much less enjoyable course for higher handicap golfers than emerald.
staff was great. we had an issue with the golfnow tee time (I tried to add my wife late to an existing reservation) and it took about 5 minutes to resolve with a quick phone call. professionally handled where they did not have to bend their rules and neither did I. again, played here 2x using golfnow both times and i was made to feel like i was a member for 10 years.
will come back here for sure next time we are in Wailea
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