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You'll find a superb array of resort and public courses on the island of Hawaii. Lush, cliffside fairways that slope through prehistoric lava fields make these courses both uniquely challenging and visually stunning. The world-renowned Kohala Coast resorts of Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea feature courses that will linger in your memory long after the game.
Island of Hawaii
Hawaii’s most populous island is home to many of the state’s top-ranked and historic courses. Among them is Hawaii’s first golf course, the semi-private Moanalua Golf Club built in 1898. There are also luxurious golf resorts that play host to the PGA, like Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s famed North Shore; Ko Olina Golf Club, which curves along the Leeward Coast; and the Greg Norman-designed Royal Hawaiian Golf Club, located 20 minutes from Waikiki in a valley so lush it has been nicknamed “Jurassic Park.”
Maui is beloved for its beauty, and so are its golf courses. Maui has two distinct areas where the bulk of accommodations and golf resorts are situated. West Maui, centered around the historic whaling village of Lahaina, offers 36 holes at both the Kaanapali Beach Resort and Kapalua Resort. South Maui is home to Wailea Golf Club, and you’ll find four other courses between Wailuku and Pukalani.
The “Garden Isle” is where waterfalls cascade down lush, green mountains; the aroma of fruit and flowers scent the air; and breathtaking views of the turquoise Pacific Ocean inspire. Exceptional golf complements the island’s charms and offers a delightful mix of daily fee (Kukuiolono, Kiahuna, Puakea, and Wailua) and resort courses. Three main areas define Kauai golf: Princeville Makai Golf Club on the majestic North Shore; Ocean Course at Hokuala in Lihue – with more oceanfront holes than any other course in Hawaii; and Poipu Bay Golf Course on the on the South Shore, where Phil Mickelson holds the course record (59).
On this intimate island, you’ll find one of the best-ranked golf courses in the world. The 18-hole Manele Golf Course at Four Seasons Lanai is one of Jack Nicklaus’s crowning masterpieces. With three holes built into seaside cliffs, this target-style course roams across natural lava outcroppings on Lanai’s South Shore, delighting players with dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean.
The golf on Molokai is as relaxed as you might expect it to be. At the lovely Ironwood Hills Golf Course, it's okay to just show up for a tee time. There are no golf pros—not even a clubhouse—just 3,088 yards of upcountry pasture with splendid views.
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Award-winning Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course. Spectacular panoramic ocean views from every hole along with dramatic cliff side ocean golf holes. Facilities include VIEWS Clubhouse restaurant, logo golf shop, and driving range/practice facility
In search of the perfect blend of nature and challenge have found their paradise at Hualalai Golf Club. The course is restricted to Hualalai residents and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai guests, and plays to a par 72, with four tee locations at each hole.
The Ocean Course winds its way through a mango and guava tree forest, down to the edge of the Pacific, with the finishing green in the midst of a 40-acre freshwater lagoon. Named one of the most beautiful courses in the world by MSN Travel, for the avid golfer, it is reason enough stay and play.
Ko Olina Golf Club is recognized as one of the top resort courses in the US with an award winning golf shop and spectacular water features, generous fairways and challenging greens.
The award-winning Wailea Blue is a classic Hawaiian resort layout designed by Arthur Jack Snyder with wide fairways, cooling fountains, and beautiful mountain and ocean views. Also available: lockers, lessons, restaurant, pro shop & club and shoe rentals.
Wailea Golf Club's award-winning Emerald Course features stunning ocean and island scenery, superb course conditions and one of the country's top pro shops. Amenities include lockers, lessons, restaurant, club and shoe rentals, and training facility.
The North Course is built on a lava bed of pahoehoe. The 17th is the signature hole with elevated tees which form a natural amphitheater. www.maunalani.com
Home of the Wendy's Champion SKINS GAME from 2008 to 2011, the Royal Kaanapali Course has more than 50 years of tournament history. With its recent upgrades, guests can enjoy this demanding course from one of four sets of tees. Come play where the Champions play!
Kapalua Resort's championship ocean course. The Bay Course has hosted over 20 major professional tournaments. Known for its breathtaking 17th hole, the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui, it should certainly be on the "must play” list for any golfer visiting Maui.
Par-70 Robert Trent Jones Jr. resort course. Very scenic with elevation changes and dramatic ocean hole. "FUN."