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August 15, 2011

Throughout the Islands, Resorts' Stay-and-Play Packages in Full Swing


Travel Weekly
By Shane Nelson

Home to some of the planet's most visually stunning golf courses, Hawaii is frequently loaded with specials and packages intended to lure duffers to the Islands. Here's a small sampling of golf-related deals now available across the Aloha State.

Maui

• Starting at $499 a night, the Kapalua Villas' Golf & Spa package gives Valley Isle travelers a daily choice between unlimited golf at either of the resort's famous Plantation and Bay courses or a 50-minute treatment at the new Kapalua Spa, including facials, massage or a manicure and pedicure. The double-occupancy special, valid through Dec. 19, also offers guests the opportunity to take a one-hour lesson with a certified PGA professional at the Kapalua Golf Academy. Go to www.kapaluavillas.com. 

• The Daily Unlimited Golf Challenge package at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort includes an oceanview room; daily access to the Makena golf course with free, same-day replay and guaranteed preferred tee times; and access to a state-of-the-art golf cart with GPS. Priced at $349 per night, the double-occupancy special also offers nongolfers a $50 daily resort credit good for massage treatments, stand-up paddle-board lessons and dining. See www.makenaresortmaui.com. 

• The Wailea Golf Club is offering three days of unlimited golf at its Emerald or Gold courses for a total of $450 with its Seahorse Swing special, good through Oct. 31. Tee times can be booked up to 30 days in advance and additional days can be added for $150. Visit www.waileagolf.com. 

Big Island

• Golfers interested in a stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel can take advantage of the property's Stay & Play package, featuring four rounds of golf (two at the resort's Hapuna golf course and two at the Mauna Kea golf course), a $150 resort credit and a room in the hotel's Golf Visa category for $503 a night. Good through Dec. 18, the special is based on a three-night minimum stay. See www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel. 

• Pleasant Holidays is offering Big Island visitors unlimited golf for two at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai through Dec. 17. Starting at $785 a day, guests stay in an oceanview room and have access to the driving range, a shared cart and daily breakfast buffet. Go to www.pleasantholidays.com. 

• The Break 80 Project at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows gives both novice and experienced golfers a chance to work on their games with daily golf instruction, daily unlimited golf for two and a daily $50 food and beverage credit per room. Pricing starts at $890 a night on the three-night-minimum special, valid through Dec. 23. Visit www.maunalani.com. 

Kauai

• Folks at the Kauai Marriott Resort are celebrating the reopening of the Kiele Moana Nine, boasting the longest stretch of ocean holes on any golf course in Hawaii, with their Escape to Great Golf Getaway, which includes accommodations for two and two rounds of golf beginning at $377 a night. The special, which requires a minimum two-night stay, runs through Dec. 22. Go to www.marriott.com. 

• The Poipu Bay Golf Course has put together a Grand Slam Golf package for Kauai visitors looking to play the course several times during a visit. For $425, duffers can enjoy three separate rounds of golf, along with a cart and practice time on the driving range. For guests staying at the nearby Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, the package is $367 through Dec. 15. See www.poipubaygolf.com. 

Oahu

• Golfers interested in premium accommodations and some course variety will want to consider the Halekulani's golf package. Beginning at $1,980 for a three-night stay, guests can enjoy an oceanview room; two rounds of golf at either the Ko'olau, Kapolei or Ko Olina golf courses; use of a golf cart and Nike golf clubs; and daily breakfast at the property's House Without a Key and Orchids restaurants. The double-occupancy special is good through Dec. 25. Visit www.halekulani.com. 

• Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's scenic North Shore is offering its Daily Unlimited Golf Challenge starting at $174.50 per person or $349 a night through Dec. 23. The special includes unlimited daily play and a golf cart at its Arnold Palmer or George Fazio courses and an $80 resort credit for nongolfers to use toward horseback riding, helicopter rides, tennis and treatments at the property's Spa Luana. Go to www.turtlebayresort.com.

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