You want to play golf on new, exotic courses. Again, Hawaii is one of the greatest places in the world to do that. So pack up your Acapulco shirts, sun block, and, of course, your trusty golf clubs. There is golf to be played in the islands.
The biggest Hawaiian Island is the aptly titled Hawaii’s Big Island. This island combines a number of resort courses with daily fee courses, making golf here accessible to all players. Black volcanic rock makes an incredible backdrop for the lush fairways you’ll find here. There are a total of 16 publicly accessible golf courses. Some of the most well-known include the world-renowned Kohala Coast resorts of Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea. The island sports the nickname of “Golf Capital of Hawaii.
Oahu gives The Big Island some competition. Oahu features more than 40 golf courses, including five private clubs and nine military courses. Organizers estimate that there are 29 courses very easily accessible to visitors at 25 different venues. Oahu is proud to be the home of the very first golf course in Hawaii – Moanalua Golf Club, which was built in 1898 and operates on a semi-private basis.
Maui is also known as the Magic Isle. It is arguably the most beautiful of the islands. Its golf courses share all this beauty. West Maui has the bustling old whaling village of Lahaina, and it has 36 holes at Kaanapali Beach Resort and the Kapalua Resort. There is also South Maui, which is the home of the 54 holes at Wailea and the 36 holes at Makena.
Kauai, Lanai and Molokai are the remaining three islands that are fantastic destinations for vacationing golfers who wish to play a round in the tropical Pacific. Kaua has nine courses. Lanai and Molokai have fewer, but they all have notable courses. Lanai has The Experience at Koele, which was designed by golf legends Greg Norma and Ted Robinson. Molokai has a nine-hole public course that was built in 1928. All three islands feature some of the greatest golf course views in the world. You won’t be disappointed.
While the many islands of Hawaii feature a diverse group of attractions, there is one quality that ties them all together – they take the wonderful, oceanic scenery and weave thought-provoking golf courses throughout. Some are parts of resorts; others are public courses open to any tourist with a set of irons and woods. Golf enthusiast fortunate enough to find themselves in Hawaii have enjoyed these vistas for more than 100 years. Now it’s time for you to find out what they’ve known for a century – Hawaii is one of the greatest places in the world to play golf.