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Top 5 Golf Courses in Hawaii

Golf lovers will have the time of their lives in Hawaii. Sure, the islands are home to some of the best beaches on Earth, but the golf courses aren’t too shabby either! In fact, they are award-winning masterpieces that anyone who knows how to play should frequent on their stay here. Golfing is perfect here due to the calm breezes, variety of terrain, lush green grass and forest, volcanic rocky cliffs, and natural wildlife. Check out the top five golf courses on Hawaii.

1. Club at Hokuli’a on Hawaii:

Right on the Kona Coast is the Club at Hokuli’a, established in 2002 as a private oceanside golf club. As a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, it reaches three miles and encompasses about 1,550 acres offering stunning panoramic ocean views. This par 72 course is challenging, with lots of hazards and hard-to-navigate greens, but you won’t really care as you enjoy the balmy breeze on your face and the views of the surrounding landscape.

2. Mauna Kea Golf Course on Hawaii:

Located at the classic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel perched on the Kohala Coast, this course opened back in 1964 and was an immediate favorite of all the greats: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., yet underwent a complete renovation in 2008 by his son. Boasting Bermuda grass with the latest in irrigation systems, you will enjoy a challenge as you take on this par 72 course over 7,370 yards.

3 Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai:

This was the site of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf between 1994 and 2006, thanks to its more than 200 acres, 85 bunkers, 5 water hazards and archaic temple ruins seen in the background. You’ll spend a lot of time on the 16th hole, which is not only the longest on the course but also in all of Hawaii. Make your way around a lake, several bunkers and rock wall. You’ll enjoy the beverage cart service and cold citrus-scented towels that come around to you as you play on the greens. All golf carts are equipped with hands-free GPS systems showing the layout of the course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4. Makai Course at The St. Regis Princeville in Kauai:

This course got some much-needed renovations back in 2008 and it’s better than ever. Also designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the breath taking course features turf grass for easy playability. When you get to the 18th hole, you will be astounded by the views, thanks to crystal clear lakes, woodlands, and panoramic ocean and mountain views. This is a par 72, 18-hole course perfect for all ability levels.

5. Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club on Maui:

Featuring complementary designs to the prehistoric lava rock and varied terrain, this course is the most challenging of all three courses on Wailea. You can play at your own pace thanks to four tee boxes that adorn every hole, though. If you want to learn how to play or perfect your swing, take a lesson from a pro at the on-site David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Grab some Irish grub at Mulligan’s on the Blue after your game.
Don’t miss some of the best golfing in the world on Hawaii! Don’t forget to organize your tours through Hoku Hawaii Tours.