Manele, previously called The Challenge at Manele, unseated Kapalua’s Plantation course as the highest-ranked public course in Hawaii several years ago. Now the course, located on the southern coast of Lanai, has the votes to make it eligible for the 100 Greatest and Second 100 Greatest ranking as well, buoyed by an Aesthetics score that regularly ranks among the top 30 in the U.S. The Nicklaus design is worthy of high praise. It has three ocean-cove holes, including the par-3 12th and dogleg-right par-4 17th. You might argue Manele has been perpetually underranked, starting with its finish on Golf Digest’s ranking of Best New Resort Courses in 1994, well behind World Woods’ Pine Barrens course (now known as Cabot Barrens at Cabot Citrus Farms), which is currently 90th on our 100 Greatest Public. It’s hard to argue it’s under ranked now.
Second 100 Greatest: Inaugural appearance.
2023-'24 ranking: 140th.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since the inaugural edition in 2003.
2023-'24 ranking: 22nd.
Highest ranking: 21st, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked second, 2021-'24. Ranked sixth, 2015-'20. Ranked seventh, 2011-'14.
Current ranking: 2nd.