I read a few reviews for The Dunes at Maui Lani, some good and some bad, before deciding to part ways with a few of my hard earned dollars. For those that wrote a bad review, get a life.... This is not a resort course so if you want a GPS for your cart, I suggest you download one of the many golf GPS apps ( swing by swing golf is a great free app) for your smart phone and that problem will be solved. For those expecting to get a dog and a beer at the turn, good luck... They are a links style course, so if you had any knowledge of golf, you would know that a links style course goes out at 1 and comes back at 18, henceforth no dog and a beer at the turn since there isn't one. Plan accordingly. As for the price of the beer and food items on the cart, they are right on track with all the other Maui courses.
As for the course itself, I found the staff to be exceptional. Right on par with Kapalua and Wailea, if not better. The starter pair me up with a group of guys named Josh, D, and Ryan. All locals and a great group of guys to play with. I found the course to be in excellent shape, all the tee boxes where perfect, the fairways are cut tight, but most links style courses are cut this way, yet they were still very playable. The elevation changes can be a challenge, especially on number 10. The many bunkers require a well placed tee shot and the bunkers beyond that require a well placed approach. There are many blind shots, but a little scouting while waiting for your playing partners to hit can help. The greens are large and receptive and some are tricked out with some tiering, ridges, saddles and false fronts. The greens were slow on the day I played, but faster isn't always better either. If you play from the appropriate set of tees, one should have a very enjoyable round.
All in all, I found The Dunes at Maui Lani to be one of the best courses I played, both in price and conditioning. It is definitely, hands down, the best value for Maui Golf and a must play for anyone looking to play a quality course without breaking the bank.
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