Maui (Bay and Plantation courses)

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By Smokey W

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  1. Smokey W

    Smokey W
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Hey Everyone,

    My wife and I will be heading to Maui for our anniversary next month. At the time we made our reservations we didn’t even consider golfing, but since we have been bitten by the golfing bug this summer we are strongly considering making time to play while we are there. This is pretty much a once in a lifetime trip for us, so now I’m thinking it may be our only chance to play the Bay or Plantation courses. So... a couple of questions for the group:

    1) Would we regret playing either of these as high-handicappers?

    2) If you could only play one of them and would never return... which course would you choose and why?

  2. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Smokey. Congrats on the anniversary. Ours is September 8th. Next year will be 40 years and we plan to spend it in Maui. I will play the Plantation Course. I think, since it's a tour stop and i am a big fan of Coore & Crenshaw courses, that's the one i want to make sure and play. I will probably end up playing both. Don't worry about being a high handicapper. Just keep up, play fast, pick up when necessary and have a good time.
  3. greg p

    greg p
    Algonquin, IL

    How was the trip?
  4. Smokey W

    Smokey W
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Trip was great everyone! Here are a few pics of the course and my TT bag tag that happened to arrive just a couple days before we left! It was an amazing trip and the Bay and Plantation courses were definitely a special treat for us. Thanks for the encouragement to add both to our list!
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  5. Michael JC

    Michael JC
    Orwell, VT

    Great pictures, thanks!
    Chameleon Caddy ?
  6. Hotsauce

    Hotsauce
    Georgetown MA

    I've had the pleasure of playing the Plantation several times, but have never played the Bay.

    Did you enjoy the Bay course? I'm sure it doesn't have the dramatic elevation changes, but I would hope it's got a plethora of ocean views.
  7. Smokey W

    Smokey W
    Colorado Springs, CO

    I actually liked the Bay course the best. It was generally less intimidating and had way better views in my opinion (not that the Plantation course isn’t amazing... it is Hawaii after all). The Bay course was a more relaxing round of golf than the Plantation course... and if we ever go back, I will probably play the Bay again and skip the Plantation course now that I have checked it off my list. I’m sure better golfers here would differ with my opinion though. Can’t go wrong with either!
  8. As you can see from my thumbnail picture this is me playing the 18th hole on the plantation course on honeymoon from the UK back in 2010. Maybe my experience was enhanced because it was our honeymoon but it is a fabulous course.

    It is great watching the PGA pro's play in the New Year on TV, but actually being there you understand the huge changes in height on the course that you may not on TV.

    I found the Plantation course fair to play and would suit single figure and high handicap golfers the same as it is quiet open as a course.

    I did not play the Bay course but hope to go back to Maui one day, maybe for our 10 year anniversary and I would go back to the plantation course. You must also have lunch in the clubhouse which has amazing views and food too.

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