Manele Golf Course
Hours of Operation
Golf Club: Wednesday - Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Greens fee, club rental, and lunch at the VIEWS restaurant - $325
Prices are subject to change depending on reservation.
One Keomoku Highway, Lanai City, HI 96763
Designed by famed golf superstar Jack Nicklaus, “The Golden Bear,” the Manele Golf Course on Lanai is one of the most scenic golf courses on the island. Carved out of a series of lava flats and residing over the crashing waves of Hulopoe Bay, The Manele Golf Course (formerly known as The Challenge at Manele) is a full 18-hole golf course located at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
With 18 holes, 72 pars and 7,039 yards of golfable terrain, you’re sure to have a ball teeing off with the scenic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean as your water hazard. Here is a breakdown of some of the more noteworthy holes along this Jack Nicklaus Signature course.
Angry Bear Hole
Hole 2 isn’t dubbed the “Angry Bear Hole” for no reason—this lengthy uphill par 4 comes with a dogleg left, two ravines, and an elevated two-tiered green lined with bunkers. Each shot will require a little planning before you can drive the hole home.
462 Yard Par 5 Challenge
Hole 6 is arguably the toughest hole on the course. The fairway here slopes into the ocean forcing you to hit to the left before taking a second shot into the green 60 feet below, but if you’re willing to brave this par 5 through 462 yards of course, you’ll be treated to stunning ocean views of Maui, Kahoolawe, and possibly the Big Island on a really clear day.
Back-to-Back Par 3 Challenge
The Manele Golf Course has a real challenge for golfers who have the confidence to match Jack Nicklaus’s precision. Hole 7 will pit you against 172 yards of fairway against those famous Hawaiian tradewinds—you’re going to have to choose your golf club wisely as the wind can gust at unpredictable angles. This is immediately followed by a second par 3 another 210 yards from the back trees into hilly terrain. Precision is key when taking your shot through the hills to hole 8.
Best Three/Four-Hole Stretch
Be sure to bring a camera when you tackle numbers 10-13 along the 200 foot cliffs of Hulopoe Bay. Here the Pacific Ocean plays the role of a major water hazard, and if you visit the course during the winter months, you have a chance of spotting some whales off in the distance.
Best Tee Shot
Hole number 12 will put your tee shot to the ultimate test—a 200 yard shot to a par 3 resting 150 feet over the waves. The lack of a fairway means there’s no recovering any balls that fail to reach the opposing cliffside, be sure to mind the trade winds when planning this challenging shot.
Learn How to Golf
Not sure if your golf skills are quite up to the challenge at Manele? The Manele Golf Course offers private lessons in half-hour, 45 minutes, and 1 hour increments. Play single or learn within a group, and you’ll be putting, chipping and driving in no time at all.