KAANAPALI — With the jewels of the West Facet within the type of the Kaanapali and Kapalua Resort Golf Programs, Maui is blessed with two world-class venues for the favored sport. And because the entrance porch on the leeward facet of the island simply north of historic Lahaina City, Kaanapali continues to glitter, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as a beacon of positivity on the Valley Isle.
Kaanapali Resort Director of Golf Sutee Nitakorn reported that the course is in prime form due to the whole employees, and that pandemic protocols are strictly in place to welcome again visiting visitors.
“We’ve gone by means of loads of checks and balances to reopen (for transpacific vacationers) totally beginning on the fifteenth,” he defined final week. “The Royal and Kai Programs have been open since Might 1 to native gamers, and our Footgolf program has continued on Fridays for a enjoyable expertise for the neighborhood.”
Now into his thirteenth yr at Kaanapali, Nitakorn describes 2020 as probably the most uncommon yr of his profession right here.
“We’re so grateful to our employees and to the area people for his or her unwavering and constant assist as we have been so lucky to be open. We’re grateful for the chance to rekindle relationships with the native gamers.”
“We’ve additionally been lucky to keep up some construction to our program. A technique has been our ‘9 and Grind’ occasions with Roy’s each Sunday. We’ve established a partnership with Roy’s for contributors to play 9 holes after which go as much as Roy’s restaurant for some Maui-style grinds. We’ve been doing it for half of the pandemic and bought out each Sunday. It’s one thing totally different every week.”
Nitakorn can also be the Lahainaluna Excessive Faculty golf group coach, and he serves as vp of Lahaina Junior Golf, one among Maui’s elite keiki athletic packages initiated by Dandy Don Rosenthal some ten years in the past at Kaanapali.
Realtor Joel Navarro is the present president of Lahaina Junior Golf that right now has some 60 lively members ages six to 17 years previous. Different board members embrace Lahainaluna Athletic Director Scott Soldwisch, Kapalua Golf Skilled Ben Hongo and Scott Reinhardt from Central Maui.
Navarro reported that LJG is flourishing, and he prolonged the group’s appreciation to Kaanapali and Kapalua Resorts for his or her assist.
He additionally expressed explicit due to the Sentry Event of Champions for the chance for the kids of Lahaina Junior Golf to take part in final yr’s occasion to greet the world’s prime PGA Tour match winners on the Kapalua occasion.
In return, Navarro famous that the match made “a really beneficiant donation to the Lahaina Junior Golf program.”