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Hitting the Links in Hawaii


Joseph Sohm /

Golfing in Hawaii is pure heaven. If you think you’ve been to a great golf course, think again. Hawaii is home to some of the most scenic courses in the world, with mountains, volcanoes, crystal clear ocean and lush rainforest acting as backdrops. Highlighted by unparalleled signature holes and championship course design, it’s no wonder why so many golfers the world over flock to Hawaii to hit the links.

There are many unique courses dotting all six of the Hawaiian islands, totaling more than 70! Let’s take a look at some of them:


Boasting more than 40 golf courses, including private clubs and military courses, Oahu is home to old and new courses that represent the beauty and scenery of the island. Some of the resorts are PGA worthy and host the games frequently. Whether you’re looking for par 3 courses or the most challenging ones around, Oahu has something for every skill level.

Turtle Bay Resort:

This Arnold Palmer golf course has hosted both Champions and LPGA Tour events, all built around a 100-acre wildlife preserve nestled in the Punahoolapa Marsh.

Ala Wai Golf Course:

Conveniently located near Waikiki, this par-70 is a local favorite playing upwards of 145,000 rounds a year.

Big Island

Dubbed the “Golf Capital of Hawaii,” the Big Island has beautiful courses dotting the Kohala Coast – a striking parallel of lush green fairways, dark lava flows and true-blue waters.

Waikoloa Beach Resort, Beach Course:

Known as one of the most playable and enjoyable Big Island golf courses, this Kohala Coast course is great for all abilities. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and features 75 large bunkers and a variety of calming water features.

Sea Mountain Golf Course:

You’ll enjoy honing your skills at this rugged 18-hole, 6,416-yard course west of Hilo. Cool off at Punaluu Black Sand Beach after your game.


There are two main areas where you can take in a round of golf: West Maui featuring Lahaina and South Maui featuring Haleakala. Each year, the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions is held in Maui, so you may even run into a pro depending on when you visit.

Royal Kaanapali:

Established in 1962, this is actually the first course built in Hawaii, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. With sea-level holes underneath the highway and ocean-front greens, you don’t get scenic vistas quite like this one.

Wailea Gold Course:

As one of the more elite courses in Hawaii, you’ll also experience the most challenging courses as well. Not for the faint of heart, Wailea Gold Course is rugged and bold, punctuated by many bunkers, hazards and tree lines, thanks to an undulating design by Robert Trent Jones II.


With nine total courses, you can enjoy the quaint nine-hole course at Kukuiolono’s or head to the major resorts of Princeville on the North Shore. In the south, the 18-hole Poipu Bay Golf Course gives some spectacular views, as does the Puakea Golf Course at Lihue.


You can’t miss the Experience at Koele, an 18-hole championship course dipping into a lush green valley descending 200 feet below the tee box. Or, go for the vast majesty of The Challenge at Manele set along towering sea cliffs.


This laid-back island has the pleasure of being off the beaten path, with a quiet serenity that really lends itself to sweeping vistas dotted with golf courses. Ironwood Hills Golf Course is a simple nine-hole public track created in 1928 with no frills: no golf pros and no clubhouse.

Hitting the links in Hawaii is a peaceful yet competitive way to spend a day. While golfing in Oahu, take a side trip with us at Hoku Hawaii Tours. Call today!