The Best Golf Courses in Hawaii


    If you are a golf fanatic and love to enjoy sunny days on sandy white beaches then Hawaii is the perfect spot to spend your vacation.

    Hawaii is situated about 2,500 miles from the coast of Los Angeles in the Pacific Ocean. Close to the equator, Hawaii’s climate is warm and sunny all year through but the months April, May, September and October are advised for the best experience.

    One thing you just can’t afford to miss are the many fantastic golf courses. The unique landscape also means that Hawaii can offer a wide range of golfing courses, ranging from easy to challenging. There are many dotted all over the small island of Hawaii, offering you the perfect golfing getaway. Make sure you also check out our list of what to bring on your next golfing vacation.

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    Kahili Golf Course

    Kahili Golf Course is located in the West Maui Mountains. Like most areas of Hawaii, this golf course is incredibly scenic offering views swept over the Pacific Ocean, and is set out on a hilly landscape. Set out over 6,500 yards, the course offers space for the whole family to play, stretch their legs and truly spend a relaxing day soaking up the Hawaiian sun.

    Hawaii Country Club

    If you are after classic, then Hawaii Country Club may be exactly what you’re looking for. Opened in 1958, the Hawaii Country Club is still delivering the same brilliant course and service that the regulars have become accustom to. If scenic is what you’re after, then Hawaii Country Club will deliver. The views from this course can be sensational, but don’t be fooled. This course may look beautiful, but at times such a steep incline can make for a difficult shot. Best of luck!

    Waikola Village Golf Club

    Located between two of Hawaii’s many volcanoes, Waikola Village Golf Club is truly an inspired design that falls into the landscape naturally. The golf course features 18 holes and is open year round, with rentals available for everything including carts and clubs. Entry fees to this course are very reasonable, and it is one course that is definitely worth a visit.

    Ewa Beach Golf Club

    Traditional, centrally located and oddly reminiscent. The Ewa Beach Golf Club is located in a luscious environment close to the beach. The course is set over 18 holes and features double green on several holes. Tradition surrounds this golf course as it has been designed similar to an old Scottish Golf Course. The course asks players to adhere to a strict dress code and pay pricey entry fees, but it’s worth it for a great, traditional game.

    Kapalua Resort

    One of the crown jewels of the golf world, Kapalua Resort in Maui is a picturesque scene: emerald-green, finely-trimmed fairways against the beautiful deep blue Pacific Ocean on the background, that makes for an exhilarating golfing experience. Kapalua Resort combines a beach resort and a golf resort (actually, it’s got two golf courses) so it’s very convenient if you want to have a refreshing swim after spending hours at the golf course.

    Prince Golf Course

    Prince Golf Course is one of the most beautiful yet also one of the most challenging golf courses in Hawaii. Located on the northern shores of Kauai, Prince Golf Course has been in hibernation for a few years as several owners have still been figuring out what to do with it — including making it as a part of a high-end residential community. Despite being closed to the public since 2014, the Prince Golf Course still consistently makes to several lists of the best golf courses in Hawaii — what more could it get the moment it opens for golfers once again? This 18-hole golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and was first unveiled to the public in 1991.

    Turtle Bay Resort – Arnold Palmer

    The prestige of this golf course is already etched in its name. It was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer (together with Ed Seay) and first opened to the public in 1992. It consists of not just one, but two, 18-hole golf courses, each offering unique golfing experience to veterans and beginners alike. The front nine features a Scottish Links-style layout which will pose big challenges to golfers, while the back nine winds through a more tropical setting. Try playing at the Palmer (black) tees for the stiffest challenge! It holds the annual PGA Tour Champion’s Turtle Bay Championship, which is the PGA Champions Tour’s first-ever full-field golfing tournament.

    Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course

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    Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course places itself consistently as one of the top golf courses in Hawaii. Plus, the golf course being located in Poipu — which is a high-end coastal enclave on the southern tip of Kauai — only adds to its allure and prestige. Cradled between the emerald-colored mountains and the rugged ocean cliffs, Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course is not just a visual feast but also presents a gargantuan challenge even to the most experienced golfers, with its 18 championship holes.

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