The Quiet Evolution of Kapalua, Maui
Celebrating 25 Years of the Plantation Course
Golf resorts abound, many of them very good. But there are only a few that check all the boxes for true greatness: a championship-level golf course, five-star accommodations, excellent dining, a memorable clubhouse, a PGA Tour event… oh, and whales jumping in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean just offshore.
Ok, admittedly it’s sort of cheating to add that last criteria, because not many resorts can match the pixie dust location of Kapalua, Maui, where humpback whales migrate from November through March to birth their calves and then hang around in the bathtub-warm waters of Hawaii long enough to teach the little ones to swim and breach.
During those early years, the tournament was contested over the Bay Course, and was a non-official PGA Tour event. “They called it the ‘silly season,'” Rolfing says. “But it wasn’t silly, not with players like Jack Nicklaus, Palmer , and Norman in the field.” Indeed, the list of early winners included…
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