While the Hawaiian Islands remain an exotic destination for European vacationers, and still a bit of a hard fetch from the American East Coast, residents of the Bay Area revel in the knowledge that those fabled isles are an easy 5-hour flight away. With weather that is, if anything, even more consistently pleasant than our Central Coast climate, the Hawaiian Islands are a choice destination for any and all outdoor pursuits, including of course, golf.
With so many activities to partake of in the islands, even the most hard-core golfer might balk at taking time out of their tropical vacation to play golf, or more likely, will be hard-pressed to convince a less-enthusiastic spouse that a round or two on one of the 70 courses arrayed across the six main islands is worth the time away from snorkeling, sightseeing, hiking, swimming, shopping, or just lazing on a sandy tropical beach. Luckily, there is a resort on Lāna’i which is offering a compromise solution that is sure to keep everyone happy.
The “Nine & Wine” program at Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i at Manele Bay allows guests to enjoy a quick nine holes of afternoon golf on The Challenge at Manele, their Jack Nicklaus-designed course, followed by wine & cheese at Views, the resort’s cliffside restaurant. The smaller time commitment of the nine-hole round is just the ticket for busy vacationers, and is available for guests at the resort beginning at 3 p.m.; cost is $195 for golfers and $75 for those who just want to ride along and join in for wine & cheese after the round.
The Challenge is a gorgeous oceanside layout which features majestic views of the Pacific from every hole. A par-72 layout which plays 7,039 yards from the tips, it is famed for the signature par-three 12th hole, which features an elevated tee box perched 150 feet above the crashing Pacific surf and a challenging carry over the ocean to the green. After the round, players and ride-along guests can relax at the aptly-named Views restaurant, from where they can see Pu’u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, and the Manele Bay beach below.
The island of Lāna‘i is easily accessible via air with seven flights per day (five on Island Air, two on Ohana) or five ferry crossings per day from Maui. For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Four Seasons at 1-800-321-4666, visit http://www.fourseasons.com/manelebay or join their online communities at Facebook: @FourSeasonsResortsLanai; Twitter: @fslanai; or instagram: @fslanai .