Manele Golf Course, originally named The Challenge at Manele, is a Resort, 18 hole golf course located in Lanai City, Hawaii.
The course first opened for play in 1993. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus.
This is a target-style course that is located along the rugged coast of Lanai. The design incorporates several hundred acres of natural lava outcroppings. The was built on the side of a hill and every hole offers a fantastic view of the ocean. From all but the forward tees, virtually every tee shot requires you to cross a mini-canyon to get to the fairway. The fairways are open and the greens are small and fast.
The signature hole is #12, a beautiful par 3, you tee off from a cliff over the ocean with the green located on another cliff. The carry on this hole from the men's tee is about 185 yards. From the championship tees, it requires a 202-yard tee shot to reach the green.
#17 is another beautiful hole, with a 215-yard carry over the ocean from the back tee. The course has several blind tees and approach shots.
#16, a 458-yard, par 4, has a sand bunker in the middle of the fairway.
Because of the hillside construction, there are numerous changes in elevation throughout the course. There are five separate tee boxes per hole. The course has been on Golf Digests' list of "Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S."
$251 (cart included), played on Tuesday, July 2014 at 10am
Went through Maui Golf which I recommend highly. They took care of all including the ferry and the rental clubs. Hardly anyone playing. Great course but in the transition from Ritz Carlton. Nothing available to buy that said Challenge at Manele. All said Ritz. Very friendly people and many workers on the course manicuring the area. Beautiful vistas and the ferry ride is cool. Nothing to do in Lanai though. ALso played Kapalua Plantation in Maui and its VERY challenging and not as pretty as Manele.
$76 (cart included), played on Thursday, March 2012 at 8am
Stunning setting along the coast of Lanai. Ocean views on every hole. Enough tee boxes for all levels of play. Took the 45 minute morning ferry from Lahaina, Maui. Watched whales jumping out of the ocean enroute. Check the specials for ferry over and back and 2 rounds of golf.
$201 (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2011 at 8am
Course receives relatively little play due to its remote location. Stunningly beautiful holes for about half the 18 and the other half are almost as nice. Price I quoted included the ferry from Maui.
$101 (cart included), played on Tuesday, March 2011 at 8am
Booked this in combination with the experience at koele, and booked thru Maui discount golf, played both courses for about 300 total. I liked this course much better than kapalua, and much better deal. Be sure to play both courses.
$201 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2010 at 8am
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