Golf arrived at the Wailea Golf Club on the southwest coast of Maui in the early 1970s when Jack Synder laid out the graceful, classic Blue and Orange 18-hole courses, incorporating ancient stone walls and natural lava outcrops into the design well before it became the fashionable thing for architects to do.
The Blue course still survives, but the Orange course was built over in the mid-1990s when Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed the Gold and Emerald 18-hole layouts. Host venue for the now defunct Champions Skins Game between 2001 and 2007, the Gold course is the longest and toughest of the three 18-hole layouts at Wailea.
Feature holes include the heavily sand-protected short par four 6th, followed by the hole regarded as the most difficult on the property, the right doglegged 590-yard 7th. On the back nine, the long par four 14th plays to the only water-guarded green on the layout, with a small pond sitting to the right of the putting surface.