Designed by Robin Nelson and opened for visitor play in 1999, The Dunes at Maui Lani has a distinct links feel to it. It’s laid out on a long, narrow property so the fairways are all routed in either a northwest or southeast direction, which means the prevailing wind cuts across the holes to add to the difficulty.
Feature holes on the front nine include the 145-yard 3rd (played semi-blind from the back markers tee due to the way a fescue-covered dune is positioned to the right of the fairway), and the 509-yard 4th, which plays to a putting surface perched in a plateau setting with a group of small bunkers guarding the front of the green.
On the back nine, many regard the 474-yard 10th as the signature hole on the card. Named “Down the Chute,” this hole begins with a tee shot from the highest point on the course before the fairway then plunges downhill, past a pond on the right, towards a heavily sand-protected green which is framed by trees.