Kaanapali Golf

Kaanapali Golf and the Royal Treatment

by Jeff Wallach

Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, Maui

Since 1963, when Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf was filmed at the Royal Course here, Kaanapali Resort’s elegant golf holes have been beamed into golf-loving living rooms worldwide many times. In 1964, during the Canada Cup, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus consecutively shot a course-record 65 that held…

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Maui Memories

by James A. Frank

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After returning from a Golf Road Warriors trip (and I think this one to Maui was my fourth or fifth), I try to take a few days, gather my thoughts, and write a wrapping-up story with observations meant to make your trip to the same area more fun. Problem is, it’s damn-near impossible to make a Maui meander any more fun than it’s sure to be. The whole place is already all about fun first …

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The Final Stop: Royal Kaanapali

by Brian McCallen

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Located a few miles north of Lahaina, the former capital of Hawaii and 19th-century whaling port now populated by seaside grog shops and T-shirt emporiums, Kaanapali is a sprawling complex set between sugarcane fields and the sea. According to legend, the Royal Chiefs of Maui, each a single-digit handicapper, used these sacred lands as a personal vacation retreat back in the day.
Developed in 1960, a time when most of Maui was devoted to agriculture, Kaanapali …

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Kaanapali: Where It All Began

by James A. Frank

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One of the story lines last year in the TV show “Mad Men” involved a trip to Hawaii. The time was the mid-1960s and the gestalt was all Ray-Bans, Boeing 707s, and groovy loud colors. Don Draper, the main character, was there with his wife checking out the hotel that had hired his advertising agency to help promote paradise.
I remember growing up in those days when the islands were as exotic as they were faraway, …

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TAP Beer of the Day: Big Swell IPA

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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I suppose it’s as good a time as any to talk about the Kona Brewing Company. Somewhere along the line I overruled my better judgment and had a Longboard Lager. I pretty much got what I expected— a bellywash lawnmower beer with little character beyond a disagreeable vegetal note.
I grant you, I was prejudiced going in, since I know Kona is part of the Craft Brew Alliance, which includes Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook Ale Brewery, …

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Maui’s Mr. Blue

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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Let’s start with a quiz—namely, what the heck is this a photo of?:
Answer below, but for now I’ll say it can found right outside the pro shop at the Wailea Old Blue Golf Club in Maui, part of the Wailea trio that includes the Gold and Emerald Courses we played yesterday.
We continued our lessons in reading the grain on the Arthur Jack Snyder course. I didn’t think too much of the opening holes, which seemed …

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Avoiding Mirrors in Maui

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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Maybe I broke a mirror or walked under a ladder on my last trip to Maui? It’s been seven years. If that’s not bad luck, what is? But now I’m heading back, seven years later almost to the week, with our hearty band of Golf Road Warriors. We all land on Sunday, but the three of us arriving from the east probably won’t come to our senses until Monday.

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Return To Paradise

by James A. Frank

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When you live on the east coast, as I do, Hawaii seems very far away. When I was growing up, it was paradise lost, or if not lost at least way out there. The kind of place people went on honeymoon or stopped over for a few days on the way to and from Asia. Which ought to give you an idea of how old I am. I made my first visit to Hawaii about 20 …

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