Marked by undulating fairways and Pacific Ocean views that occasionally double as water hazards, the Jack Nicklaus–designed Manele Golf Course draws players of all levels, including absolute beginners. “Golf is a journey that takes time to learn,” says Scott Ashworth, PGA Director of Golf at the Manele Course. His philosophy: If you’re curious about the game, start learning in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Ashworth and his team of golf professionals have developed a series of programmes that cater to new golfers and those looking to build confidence in their game. Players who know the basics can take advantage of complimentary activities such as Swing by the Bay, a weekly event during which Resort pros offer tips at a pop-up driving range. Evening cocktails are served alongside advice from the pros during Thursday’s Rock N’ Range event, when guests gain complimentary access to the Manele Course driving range; and the Sunset Nine, after 3:00 pm, allows more experienced golfers to try out the Ocean back nine with complimentary rental clubs.
Complete beginners can ease into the sport with Golf 101, a casual yet effective introduction to the game. The half-day programme will acquaint “students” with golf etiquette and the rules of play before they head to the course for a 30-minute swing lesson. They’ll also play a hole and even learn to drive a golf cart. Ashworth recommends Golf 101 to anyone interested in picking up a club: “It is the best way for those new to the game to start playing golf in a comfortable and relaxing way.” Then grab your camera for a weekly complimentary tour of the back nine boasting gorgeous ocean vistas.
Ashworth’s primary goal is to make the Manele Golf Course accessible and welcoming to all players. Whatever your skill level, golf on Lanai should be fun. Your chief goal, says Ashworth, should be to “relax . . . and enjoy the scenery.”