best golf courses hawaii

With such diverse natural scenery, breathtaking views, volcanic islands, and tropical climate, Hawaii is a great Golf destination. Combined with fantastic vision and designs, Hawaii delivers some outstanding courses, some of them considered among the Top 100 in the world.

With more than 100 courses to offer, this paradise displays many different options, with superb nature and species that you may not find anywhere else in the world. This creates many combinations for you to choose. This landmark inspires the architects to let their imaginations run wild while planning their next course. Hawaii is the starting point of the PGA Tour every year in January at the Kapalua course.


nanea golf course hawaii

Considered as the best golf course in Hawaii and ranked number 62 within the United States.

An 18 hole course located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Nanea is not very well known as it is very exclusive, which makes it not accessible to be properly rated and get a better rank in the world.

Designed by David McLay Kidd to run over a thick lava mantel, with some inspired Scottish seaside links, the course really showcases the surroundings and makes it competitive.

This is the most exclusive course in Hawaii, and considered the best one there, however also the most underrated in Hawaii. It is a beauty to enjoy with the variations in elevation, the tricky doglegs, breathtaking greens, and great bunkers; all this will enhance your experience at this course. Its clubhouse is created to resemble the island’s five volcanoes.

Kapalua (Plantation)Kapalua golf course plantations hawaii

Considered within the Top 100 courses in the United States, Kapalua ranks 2nd in Hawaii, and 86th in the USA. Kapalua is the starting point of the annual PGA Tour Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.

Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, with par 73 layout and 7,411 yard, it offers a fascinating view from every hole. Exciting and interesting for the pros, though approachable and enjoyable for the average golfer. Located on Maui’s northwest shore, this course is crafted of the West Maui Mountains. You will get some fascinating views from this course of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, and amazing nature, as it is focused on the environment and preserving its natural beauty.

With this course you’ll be challenged to strategize, as there are several risks with long shots, undulating greens, downhill tee shots, etc., where everything and anything is possible. You will be rewarded after you take some difficult shots. This versatile course, will capture your attention and will make you come back to improve your game and enjoy it again. Be prepared to lose your breath with the views from the final tee, as it will be spectacular, so you need to remain focused on your game. You can take advantage of the many restaurants, bars, and stores that complement your golfing day, located at this Hawaiian Resort. Admire this natural paradise while you enjoy your round of golf, or while you sit and sip your favorite drink.

Princeville (Prince)

Princeville Golf Course HawaiiSituated at Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore, one of the larger Hawaiian Islands.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr., Princeville showcases stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, waterfalls, ravines, streams, and the wild beauty of the north shore of Kauai.

This course is part of Princeville Resort, which includes several restaurants and bars where you can indulge and relax at any time you prefer. You will get to shoot through magnificent stands of trees and rolling landscapes, over a perfect tropical setting surrounded by lush green sea cliffs, overlooking Hanalei Bay.

This multi-award winning course will captivate you with its beauty and challenging holes. You will be inspired to think and decide which way to go, and which club to use to try to lower your handicap. Some difficult holes are the long ones, where you need to hit it hard, or use an iron.

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea Golf Course Hawaii IslandOriginally designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, this was the island’s first course. The design was too challenging for the average golfer, so his son Robert was asked to soften the layout.

It has one of the most photographed golf holes in the world; the 3rd hole, as it displays the dark blue Pacific Ocean from a cliff. Mixed with lava rock, the sky and lush green turf, the 3rd hole produces a masterpiece of blending colors.

Mauna Kea is considered the number 4 rated course in Hawaii, and # 31 in America’s Public Golf Courses, by Golf Digest 2013. This course is perfect for all levels of golfer, and is part of Prince Resorts Hawaii, where you can also experience some fantastic food to compliment your experience. Here you will have marvelous views of the snow-capped Mauna Kea mountain peak, while on the beach.

Sixteen of the eighteen holes are played inland, and its two Oceanside holes are definitely something you’ll remember long after you play this course. A true delight to play, or even just to visit, make sure you bring your camera to capture this paradise.


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