Wailea Golf Club opened for business on the southwest coast of Maui in the early 1970s, with Jack Synder designing a couple of elegant 18-hole layouts, called the Blue and the Orange. Back then, the architect was bringing old stone walls and natural lava outcrops into play, long before it became the popular thing for architects to do.
The Blue course lives on to this day but Robert Trent Jones Jnr dismantled the Orange course in the mid-1990s when he constructed the new Gold and Emerald 18-hole layouts. Regarded as one of Hawaii’s most women-friendly tracks, the Emerald course can still be stretched to a not so genial 6,825 yards when it’s played from the back tees.
Memorable holes include the right doglegged downhill par four 6th (where the green is surrounded by little grass bunkers), the 10th and 17th (which are the only holes featuring water and a shared double green) and the heavily bunkered 15th, a demanding par four with a well-earned low stroke index rating.
You're in Maui, how does it get any better. Wailea is a good challenge with wind being ever present. Every hole is presented in front of you with no blind shots and bunkering is not severe, nor penal, with placement for aesthetics purposes.
Low scores can be had with the width of the fairways and lack of rough. Greens are in very good condition and roll out nicely.