Maui GRW Week in Review

by James McWilliams

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A look back at the Golf Road Warriors trip to Maui.

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Kaanapali Overview

by James McWilliams

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A look at the beautiful course that made James Frank say: “Having been Royally beaten by the course, I’m still happy to report that it was as pleasant a thrashing as I’ve ever been handed.”

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Hawaiian Canoe Adventure

by James McWilliams

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A great trip out on an outrigger canoe, piloted by Sage Spalding. Tom Bedell discusses: “The Hina is a traditional Hawaiian outrigger sailing canoe, or wa’apea, which Spalding sails in around-the-island races when not carrying passengers and passing on his considerable knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture.”

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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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Kapalua’s Plantation Course: A BIG Golf Experience

by Brian McCallen

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Simply said, Kapalua’s Plantation Course was one of the genuine highlights of the trip. Never mind the fact that at least one Golf Road Warrior made a deal with Pele, the volcano goddess, to have his scorecard scorched in molten lava after the round. To be honest, my score was insignificant. To play the Plantation Course, a spectacle unto itself and a golf experience unlike any other in Hawaii, was a privilege.
Opened in 1991, the …

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King Kamehameha – Overview

by James McWilliams

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A look at the King Kamehameha Course that got the best of Brian McCallen. “Displaying the sternest play-it-as-it-lies approach, Brian scrambled onto the lava rock wall and had at it. If the result was not particularly stunning, full plaudits for the mere attempt.”

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The Terrace: An Understated Gem at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

by Brian McCallen

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The Golf Road Warriors were privileged to enjoy some exceptional dining experiences during our week-long sojourn through Maui. My favorite among them was dinner at The Terrace, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s new “concept” restaurant.
A bright, spare, multi-level room with a plantation-inspired design, The Terrace’s green, gold, and textured fabrics, coupled with its floor-to-ceiling windows, serve to connect diners with the landscape. The room is low-key and understated by Ritz-Carlton standards, but the resort wanted a casual, …

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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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The Warriors Arrive

by James McWilliams

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The Warriors arrive at Maui.

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Wailea Overview

by James McWilliams

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Per Brian McCallen: “On a warm, sultry day, the Kona winds chasing the clouds across the sky, we played our first round on the Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club. Former home of the Seniors Skins Game, among other competitions, the Gold Course is a solid, championship-caliber test, its holes terraced at different levels into volcanic foothills.”

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Doing Battle At The Plantation

by James A. Frank

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Whenever golfers discuss the merits of our sport someone inevitably mentions that it is the only one in which amateurs like us can tackle the same fields of play used by the professionals. I don’t know offhand how many PGA Tour courses are accessible to us mortals, but I’d think maybe a third are resort or public-access.

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The Massive (and Massively Cool) Kapalua Golf Experience

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If you’re at all like me, you probably feel that golf is just much too easy. In which case you owe it to yourself to play a round at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course– home to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the PGA TOUR’s season-opening event. If you happen to win a PGA Tour event this year, you’ll be invited to next January’s Hyundai.

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