Manele Golf Course is a desert style golf course that sits right on the cliffs of the ocean while boasting some of the more spectacular panoramic ocean views in the world on every hole.
– Scott Ashworth, Director Of Golf, Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i
While the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay will close temporarily, next week on June 1, here’s a quick tip for those of your that will be in the Hawaiian Islands this summer, the Manele Golf Course on Lana’i is open for play, and more beautiful than ever.
During the next few months, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay will begin renovation work on the property’s guestrooms and three new pools that will replace the current pool setup.
Only just a few miles and a nice ferry ride from Maui, Lanai was once Hawaii’s largest pineapple plantation, but today with Oracle Chairman, Larry Ellsion leading the charge, this small and private island is positioning itself to become THE destination for golf and more in Hawaii.
While Lana’i, and its main town, Lana’i City, have kept the spirit of old Hawaii, attracting visitors from all over the world, what the Four Seasons is doing and has already done is nothing short of amazing.
The oceanfront, Jack Nicklaus-designed, Manele Bay Golf Course, is built on lava outcroppings with perfect fairways and true greens and it plays to 7.039 yards or less depending on which of five sets of tees your want to tackle.
The course features three holes on cliffs, which use the Pacific Ocean as an obvious water hazard and routing that for 18 holes, takes you around 18 holes and scapes that are a microcosm of what you will find as you navigate around Lana’i itself.
Before or after your round, check out the stocked pro shop, “VIEWS”, which is the restaurant at the Manele bay Golf Course. VIEWS serves the best ice cream sandwiches this side of the International Date Line and if you happen to play on a Tuesday, make sure you save room for Mexican food, island-style as it’s “Taco Tuesday.”
Ashworth, who has more than 25 years experience in the golf industry and his capable staff offer lessons and clinics where you can refine and hone your game. Ashworth is also the resident historian of golf on Lana’i and in Hawaii in general, so feel free to pick his brain andlet him regale you with stories that are more than tales of a tourist hitting a little white ball onto a green.
Examples of the clinics at the Manele Bay Golf Course:
Monday – Putting Clinic
Fundamentals of Putting
Eliminate the dreaded 3-putt
Tuesday – Chipping Clinic
Fundamentals of chipping
Learn the easiest way to improve your score
Wednesday – Full Swing Clinic
Fundamentals of full swing
One golf swing for all clubs
Thursday – “100 Yards and In”
How to master some of the hardest shots in golf
What wedges you should be using
Golf course: Open daily; first tee time at 7:30am
Golf shop hours: 7am – 5pm
VIEWS: Open for lunch
In my opinion, this course is a “can’t miss” if you are in Hawaii. I enjoyed everyone of my 95 shots and it’s fun to hit some shots that would typically put you in trouble, but the contours and nooks on this course can be forgiving and allow you hit hit another shot without worry of writing a big number on your scorecard.
Even though the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay is closed for the summer of 2015, the Manele Bay Golf Course is open for play and your golf enjoyment. It’s quick flight on Island Air or Hawaiian from Honolulu and a beautiful ferry ride from Maui, so don’t miss your chance.
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