Golf from the Mountains to the SeaBig Island
Whether you prefer to play in a cool, misty climate reminiscent of Scotland or so close to the Pacific that you have to wipe salt spray off your clubs, Hawai‘i Island has all you need for a great day at the links.
Sunny South Kohala is home to several fine GOLF RESORTS. Mauna Kea Resort, with its championship Arnold Palmer 18-hole HAPUNA GOLF COURSE, is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best golf resorts in North America.
A few miles south at Mauna Lani Bay are the dual championship FRANCIS H. I‘I BROWN NORTH AND SOUTH COURSES carved out of black lava rock into a visually stunning layout.
At the Waikoloa Resort, another lava desert is “crunched” into soft, velvety greens at the BEACH COURSE AND KING’S COURSE.
Kona offers the HUALALAI GOLF CLUB at the Four Seasons Resort, which hosts the prestigious Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January. The course, however, is normally reserved for resort guests or invited patrons.
The Big Island has several upland golf courses: BIG ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB near Waimea is a favorite among visitors; MAKALEI GOLF CLUB, which lies on the slopes of Hualalai; and the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed WAIKOLOA VILLAGE GOLF COURSE.
In Hilo, the 18-hole HILO MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE (“the muni”) is a must-play. The NANILOA COUNTRY CLUB, in the heart of the Banyan Drive area, is a cute nine-hole course. The HAMAKUA COUNTRY CLUB in Honoka‘a is another quick-and-easy nine-hole course. VOLCANO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB is one of the only courses in the world built on a live volcano. And the rugged 18-hole SEA MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE, located close to the southern point of the island, is a must for the die-hard golfer.
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