Robert Trent Jones II's pair of designs at Maui's Wailea Resort are among Hawaii's most recognized and lauded courses. Wailea's Gold and Emerald Courses are true jewels that lend sparkle to this world class, award-winning 1,500-acre resort. We believe that all great courses express a mood or rhythm that inspires anticipation mixed with nostalgia in players when they reflect upon the course. Wailea, in the shadow of Haleakala Volcano, features two such layouts.
Wind and bunkering are factors on both Wailea courses. The Emerald Course, stretching to 6,825 yards, has many facets, including a sensuousness created by a lush tropical landscape full of plumeria, wilwili, birds of paradise, firecracker plants, and other island flora. The course is flexible and forgiving, with four to six tee boxes on every hole and few forced carries. The sixth green falls sharply into grass bunkers, leaving a tricky approach. Number eleven, the longest hole on the course, plays directly into the wind. The tenth and seventeenth holes share a double green fronted by a lake.
Wailea's Gold course is the 24-karat option here. This 7,078-yard layout blends classic design with rugged natural topography, including 200-ft elevation changes. Low lava rock walls, tall native grasses, 93 bunkers, and strategically placed doglegs add to the challenge. On the driveable 287-yard par four fourth, a lava ravine separates tee from fairway. Number seven, an uphill double dogleg of 590 yards, requires negotiating strategically placed bunkers and a prevailing crosswind on the way to an undulating green. The eighth hole offers views of the distant crescent island of Molokini. Tee box and fairway are separated by dark lava walls and the green is ringed by coconut trees and bright white bunkering. The back nine consists of a series of memorable holes made even more famous by the Senior Skins Game, which finishes here in dramatic fashion.