Summary: 18 hole regulation | 72 par | 6,825 yards | 72.6 USGA | 128 slope | Driving Range | GPS | Proper Resort Attire
Considered more challenging than the Blue, and bit less than Gold, this is considered by some to be the most scenic of the three Wailea courses, with an abundance of flowering plants and trees, plus spectacular views. (Honestly, any way you cut it, they’re all very scenic.)
Seven holes on Emerald are held-over from the 1978 Wailea Orange course designed by Arthur Jack Snyder (Designer of Old Blue.) Emerald has large greens and a signature shared green on 10 & 17.
Like her sisters, Emerald is a spectacular course, kept in top condition. Plenty of tee boxes so that all player types can enjoy.
Native Hawaiians called Wailea home long before tourism came to Hawaii, and you can see this in the archeological remnants throughout the course. On hole 14 there is an ancient imu which was incorporated in the original Orange course smack in the middle of a green as an unorthodox (almost minigolf-style) green hazard. In the 1994 Emerald design, better taste and respect for the Host Culture prevail and the archeological remnant has been positioned in a more appropriate manner.
Emerald has also been recognized as one of the most female-friendly courses in the world – the now defunct Golf for Women Magazine awarded Emerald a “Top Fairways Award” for the country’s most women-friendly golf club.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. & Arthur Jack Snyder.
Location: 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr., Wailea
Rating source: Maui Guidebook & golflink.com
Price: $80 – $225