Hawaii hosts more than 80 golf courses located all over the state, including eight of the 25 top golf courses in the world. A golfer’s paradise, with views of mountains and coast, lava formations, and dynamic coastal skies, these are some of the most challenging but stunningly beautiful locations to play golf. Golfing is available on all of the major islands, each having a different flavor.
Big Island: For a great golfing experience, the Club at Hokuli’a on the Kona Coast is the only private ocean side golf club on the Big Island. The course is over 1,500 acres and spans 3 miles, just above the ocean. The Hualalai Golf Course hosts one of the more well-known Champions Tour events. Whether you prefer a leisurely Sunday golfing afternoon or want to try your luck at the round of glow-in-the-dark golf hosted at night, this renowned championship golf course will exceed your expectations. The course is available for club members as well as Four Seasons Resort guests, who are ready to take a swing in paradise. Another great option is the Mauna Kea Golf Course on the Kohala Coast, where at the end of your round, your clubs get cleaned while you cool off with a damp mango-scented towel.
Oahu: The well-known Turtle Bay Resort & Golf Course on the North Shore has the beautiful Arnold Palmer golf course. Intended for skilled players, it is a challenging course with tight fairways and windy weather. Adding to the course’s beauty is the adjacent Punaho’olapa Marsh where protected Hawaii species live. Another fantastic golf course is the Ko Olina Golf Club which hosts an annual LPGA tour event and features fairways lined with tall beautiful trees, sloping and hilly terrain and views of the Pacific Ocean. Makaha Golf Club is located in west Oahu, just one hour outside of busy downtown Honolulu. With the picturesque Waianae Mountain range behind the course, this makes for an intensely beautiful backdrop for an afternoon of golf.
Kauai: This isle is known for wild landscapes and stunning colors, therefore the golfing on Kauai certainly makes for a splendid experience. Poipu Bay Golf Course offers challenges with some water hazards on several of the holes and coastline on one side of the course. It was once home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tournament and takes experience and dexterity to play well here. Another place to stop is the challenging Kiele Course on the Kauai Lagoons complex located near Kauai’s main town of Lihue. The St. Regis Princeville Resort, only an hour from the Lihue Airport, is a pristine non-smoking hotel with an impresive golf course complex stretching over an area just above Hanalei Bay. The Prince Golf Course here gives visitors an incredible panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains in the north. The course has been rated as the Number 1 Golf Course in Hawaii by Golf Digest and is named after Prince Albert, the son of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV. The already impressive course recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and is certain to be one of the most striking courses yet.
Maui: Maui alone is home to nine award-winning golf courses at four different resort destinations. Makena Resort on Maui has two luxurious golf courses over 1,800 acres of beautiful coastal land. Both courses, Makena North and Makena South, offer ocean views and lush island landscapes. The north location is situated among native wiliwili and kiawe trees, streams, lava flows and narrow valleys. The Makena South location slopes down towards the inviting seaside, offering a panoramic view of the Pacific. Maui has the famous and visually stunning Kapalua Plantation Course which hosts a unique, nationally televised winners-only PGA tour event each year. A good round at this course will allow you to say that you’ve excelled at a course that annually challenges the best golfing professionals in the world. The Valley Isle also offered two golf courses at the Ka’anapali Golf Resort in west Maui and three golf courses in Wailea; so no matter where you find yourself on the island, there is sure to be quality golf course beckoning nearby.
Molokai: The Ironwood Hills Golf Club on Molokai is a historic plantation style 9-hole course. With tall eucalyptus trees and notable elevation changes, this is a beautiful place to golf. On the island that has no traffic lights, the golf course feels just as causal and laid back as the rest of Molokai. The is no clubhouse and no tee times are needed, allowing you the full spectrum of relaxation and rest, as you gaze toward the mountains or the sea with island of Lanai in the distance, taking your time with every swing.
Lanai: Lanai is a completely different island, having a small population and long stretches of wilderness and peaceful views of the neighboring islands of Molokai and Maui in the background. On the southern coast the Challenge at Manele is located above the Hulopo’e Bay at Manele and is renowned for its difficulty as well as for its striking scenery, as several of its holes are precipitously close to cliff edges. There is also the equally challenging Experience at Ko’ele golf course, which is a part of The Lodge at Ko’ele Resort.