Wine And Nine At Ka'anapali Golf Course: "It Saved Our Marriage!"

Wine And Nine At Ka'anapali Golf Course: "It Saved Our Marriage!"

It probably comes as no surprise that golf is one of the fastest growing travel market segments in the U.S. It seems like everyone, young and old, are finding Big Bertha's in their stockings and swinging for the 300-yard marker–from 3rd graders to Grandma Maybel.

For the rest of us, who are waiting for golf to either become a full-contact sport, involve legalized gambling or for Porsche to start making carts, the Kaanapali Golf Resort has made an astounding discovery. The genius folk of West Maui's public course figured out that if you offered wine, cheese, a backpack cooler and a golf cart with a round of golf, they might get the rest of us out on the links for an afternoon of divot digging. Perhaps even pouting spouses--who normally flee for the spa–might care to join hubby on the links for a little sippin' and swingin' (not that kind of swinging, people).

That's right. For $160, you can convince your hubby to buy you a cute new golf outfit and head over to the pro shop at the Ka'anapali Course, where, after 4 p.m., you will receive a cooler-backpack filled with crackers, cheese, cutting board, two plastic wine cups, cloth napkins, and a bottle of Arnold Palmer's namesake vino. Uncork the bottle, spread the gouda on the cart's dash, and you too can be sipping cabernet before you get your first stroke lesson. By the 3rd hole might not have to be on hands and knees in the woods looking for your ball, and by the 6th you'll be making pretty pictures in the sand traps with the Zen garden style rake provided by the course! The wonders you will find on the course are endless.

"This package is great not only for honeymooners and couples, but also for groups and club play, like our ladies groups for example, that visit us at Kaanapali," comments Scott Ashworth, PGA head golf professional.

Amen. In all seriousness, a late afternoon on Kaanapali's South Course provides stunning scenery; not hard to do with the West Maui mountains looming in the background. Whether learning a new sport, or coming to an understanding why your partner loves it so much, it's a worthy afternoon--if only for the fantastic sunset views over Kaanapali, with Molokai glowing to your right, Lanai guarding the waters in front of you and a whole lot of green laid out ahead.

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"Uncork the bottle, spread some gouda on the cart's dash, and you too can be sipping cabernet before you get your first stroke lesson."