Kapalua Golf Academy

Kapalua Golf Academy

Kapalua Golf Resort: Golf Academy

Kapalua Golf Resort: Golf Magazine Top 25 SchoolsThe Kapalua Golf Academy is Hawaii's most complete state-of-the-art golf school and practice facility, designed by PGA Touring Professional, Hale Irwin.

The golf academy and 23-acre practice area provide golf instruction in all aspects of the game—putting, chipping, wedge and bunker play, specialty shots and the full swing.

Additionally, Kapalua's dedicated staff of PGA Professionals offer a full spectrum of instructional programs: individual golf lessons, corporate clinics, golf schools, daily clinics and custom off-site instruction.  

Congratulations to the Kapalua Golf Academy on their recent awards:

  • "Top 25 Golf Schools" - GOLF Magazine
  • "Best Teachers in Hawaii" - Golf Digest
  • "Teacher of the Year" - PGA Aloha Section
  • Ben Hongo - "Teacher of the Year" - PGA Aloha Section
  • Certified Ping, Taylor Made and Titleist Club Fitters
  • 2015 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range in the Public Category


Meet The Instructors:


 Ben Hongo, PGA Director of Instruction

Ben was selected to join the Kapalua Golf Academy in 2000 and has quickly become one of the most respected instructors in Hawaii.  Hongo's awards and accolades include "Aloha Section PGA Teacher of the Year" in 2002, "One of Hawaii's Top Teachers" by Golf Digest three times (selected by his peers), and was named "Hawaii's Junior Golf Leader Award" in 2008.

Born in Japan, Ben is conversationally fluent in Japanese and his mild manner style lends itself well to golfers of all ages and skill levels.  He has been a member of the Kapalua Golf team since 1989 after relocating from Central California.



 Bradley Bowen, PGA Senior Teaching Professional


Bradley began his career in golf with Kapalua in 1991 after relocating to Maui from San Jose, California.  After earning PGA membership in 1995, Bowen was the Head Golf Professional at Maui Country Club from 1998-2004 and Kahili Golf Club from 2004-2009 before shifting his focus to instruction.

Bowen's playing highlights include winning the 2011 Aloha Section Senior Championship, qualifying for the PGA Senior Professional National Championship three times (’01, ’03, ’04), Medalist Honors at the 1997 US Open Local Qualifier in Honolulu, and four times he was named a member of Hawaii Governor's Cup Professional Team ('00, '03, '07, 13).

His teaching philosophy is simple – help the golfer build a repeating swing or stroke through an understanding of proper fundamentals, adequately train these fundamentals to develop the trust to execute the basic golf shots of putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing. A quick pre-shot check list of grip, ball position, posture, aim / alignment specific to the shot type ensures the body is preset to make the proper motion.




Facility Highlights: 

  • 85,000 square feet of grass teeing area
  • 3 Hole Walking Course
  • Several practice putting greens
  • Greenside fairway practice bunkers
  • 18-hole putting course
  • Ample target flags and greens
  • Specialty short game area
  • Sheltered tee area
  • Indoor hitting bay with digital video analysis
  • Distance wedge area with greens from 20 to 120 yards
  • 2,500 square foot learning center