Princeville Makai Course

The Makai Golf Course in Princeville re-opened in January 2010 after a multi-million dollar renovation that reconfigured two 9 hole courses into one beautiful 18 hole course. Improvements include newly reshaped bunkers, two large practice tees and a expanded practice putting green, not to mention all of tee boxes replaced with Seashore Paspalum, a drought resistant grass that is so smooth it feels as if you’re putting on carpet.

One of the 7223 yard par 72 Makai Course’s signature holes include the challenging Par 3 third, where the tee is about 100 feet above a protected green. Other recognized holes include 7, 13 and 18, where there is an abundance of scenic views of towering mountains, Bali Hai and world-famous Hanalei Bay. Just looking down at the breaking surf below the cliffs will be sure to provide you with an experience you’ll never forget.

Additional non golf course related features of Makai is a newly built, award-winning golf shop which possesses clubs, clothing items and more. The clubhouse also has a large lanai area where the Makai Grill is located, a perfect spot to relax after an enjoyable day of golf.

Mauna Lani North

Mauna Lani’s North Course has fast become one of the most popular tournament venues on the Big Island and rated as one of the best golf experiences in all of Hawaii. Built on a lava bed, the North Course is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by Kiawe forests. Number 17 is the North’s signature hole, a par 3 measuring 140 yards which requires a tee shot from an elevated tee to a green that is framed by an astounding natural lava amphitheater, a photo opportunity you don’t want to miss!

A 230-acre protected archaeological district lies on the northern boundary of the golf course. Another interesting feature would be that herds of feral goats also like to frequent the entire golf course, moving from hole to hole throughout the day.

There are as many as five different tee positions on most of the holes to give golfers a wide range of options in meeting the challenging conditions. With the groves of twisted kiawe trees along the fairway edges and a more pronounced topography the holes are quite contrasting to the South Course. Water hazards also come into play on many holes, not to mention several holes that neighbor the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Mauna Kea Course

The multi-award winning Mauna Kea Golf Course has led the way in standards of course beauty and design since 1964, solidifying its place in Hawaii’s history as one of the most scenic and favored golf courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the 18-hole championship course presents dramatic changes in elevation, large undulating greens and 120 well-placed bunkers. The spectacular signature hole is the famous third, where surging inlet water races to meet the rocky shoreline, affording one of the most dramatic and breathtaking views of any course today.

Without changing the essential character of his father’s design, Rees Jones Inc. re-planted the championship course with highly efficient ultra-dwarf Tifeagle Bermudagrass on the greens and Tifway 419 hybrid Bermudagrass on the tees, fairways and roughs. State-of-the-art irrigation systems, liners in the bunkers and advance drainage improvements keep the golf course in top shape and even save on environmental resources.

Mauna Kea includes world-class practice facilities to elevate your game while enjoying epic vistas of the Kohala Coast’s rolling waves, panoramic views of the sea and land, snow-capped Mauna Kea Volcano, rugged lava beds and the sparkling blue Pacific. Golfers can also gather together at the new Number 3 Restaurant after golf to relax in a casual atmosphere. You will definitely want to order some pupus and a nice cold one from the tap, or maybe try the signature Mauna Kea cocktail, to toast to having played a round at such an amazingly beautiful course.

Kona CC Ocean Course

The William Bell designed Ocean Course was built in 1966, and maintains its charm by incorporating natural settings along the Pacific Ocean and gorgeous mountain views. Being so close to the ocean you may even get sprayed by the ocean mist on picturesque ocean signature holes #3, #12 and #13. Enjoy seeing the grand splash on hole #13 where you will see the impressive blow hole known as “puka” in Hawaiian.

Keep a lookout for Humpback Whales during November through March. This 18 hole championship course offers wide, lush fairways, Bermuda Grass greens and numerous sand bunkers. The only natural obstacles are the turquoise blue water and lava rocks.

You’ll know why this course was chosen as one of the top 100 courses by Golf Digest. Golf for Women Magazine, ESPN and ZAGAT Guide also has recognized Kona Ocean Country Club as one of nation’s top golf facilities and it maintains an “excellent” rating by players of America’s top golf courses.

Kiahuna Golf Club

Kiahuna Golf Club is located in sunny Poipu Beach and surrounded by the lush, natural beauty of Kauai. Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. skillfully included many ancient remnants of an authentic Hawaiian Village into his vision when designing the course.

Kiahuna Golf Club offers challenging resort golf within a fascinating area of ancient Polynesian archaeology, as it is structured around the remains of authentic Hawaiian culture. This challenging course has narrow fairways and you will encounter unusual obstacles such as lava walls and stone structures.
The Kiahuna Golf Club is a sanctuary for many of Kauai’s endangered species including the state bird of Hawaii, the Nene. The Black-Crowned Night Heron can be seen fishing along the clubs numerous water hazards. Golfers may also spot the rare Hawaiian Stilt and the very shy Moorhen along Waikomo Stream.

Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course

Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course was the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 – 2006. The course has won numerous awards and is consistently rated among the top golf courses in Hawaii and the U.S.
This outstanding course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Poipu Bay you’ll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. You also may even see rare Hawaiian Monk Seals, native Nene Geese, Green Sea Turtles or Humpback Whales. Whichever it may be you’ll have plenty of good excuses to back your scorecard, as sometimes even the most focused golfer can be challenged by the breathtaking views this course has to offer. This links style layout designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. can play over 7000 yards long. The ocean comes into play on holes 15-17, a beautiful venue for golfers of all abilities. A unique and unforgettable golf experience awaits you at beautiful Poipu Bay Resort.

Mauna Lani South

Mauna Lani’s South Course is home to Hole #15, one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world. Renowned as the former home to the annual Senior Skins Game from 1990 – 2000, the course snakes through the stark, rugged a’a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow. The challenging South Course offers golfers panoramic views of both rugged mountains as well as calming, beautiful ocean.

The South Courses fairways are composed of Bermuda grass which is lined by the natural rough along with pahoehoe and a’a lava rock, which causes quite demanding holes. Signature holes on the South Course that play beside the ocean are the 7th, 13th, 16th, and of course the famous 15th.
During the winter months, golfers can enjoy watching humpback whales migrating offshore merely yards from these holes. Most of the greens are flat, yet sometimes difficult in determining the speed as there are many subtle breaks that can be hard to spot with the naked eye. Take it from us, playing Mauna Lani South is a must for any golfer visiting the Big Island!

Hapuna Golf Course

Hapuna Golf Course offers spectacular views of the Kohala Coast and the Pacific Ocean while majestic Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Kohala Mountains form the backdrop. With its seemingly endless views and dramatic elevation changes beginning at sea level and rising to 700 feet, Hapuna Golf Course nestles into the rugged desert terrain above the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island.

This Arnold Palmer / Ed Seay designed course is a championship links-style design that was built in 1992 and stretches to just under 6900 yards. Its challenging play and environmental sensitivity make it one of Hawaii’s most unique golf courses. The Pacific Ocean serves as the picture perfect backdrop and can be seen from every hole. Teeing off at just under 700 feet of elevation, the signature par-4 12th hole provides one of the most spectacular panoramic views on the Big Island, where the island of Maui is visible in the distance. Hapuna Golf Course is also favored among locals and therefore has gained a reputation as one of Big Island’s hidden gems.

Waikola Kings Course

Waikoloa Kings Golf Course is truly a player’s course. It has length and lingering trade winds that can pick up in the late afternoon. This alone would be enough to challenge a good player, yet the course also is known for its unique lava landscape which can definitely be a considerable distraction.

Designed by the team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish the 7074 yard Kings Course meanders over and around the ancient black lava flow, and its wide, undulating fairways are framed by palm trees and vibrant flowers of Hawaii. The beautiful Kings Course plays inland towards the ancient mountain of Mauna Kea, ever present in the distance.

From the 5th hole green, perched up a few feet above the fairway golfers get a magnificent view of the surrounding lava fields, which stretch as far as the eye can see. This is camera time no matter what your score. Majestic fairways interspersed throughout ancient lava fields – it has even been compared to playing golf on the moon!

Puakea Golf Course

Puakea, designed by golf course Architect Robin Nelson cleverly uses the local natural beauty as his landcape, setting his course at the base of the towering Mount Haupu. Puakea treats golfers to the stunning island beauty that is Kauai, playing through deep ravines, crossing mountain fed streams and revealing views of the Pacific Ocean.

Robin Nelson had this to say upon completion of his golf course, “Puakea may be the most fun course to play in Hawaii. The course rides up, down and around deep ravines. It has beautiful, pali views on about three-quarters of the course and ocean views for the rest. Each of the holes are distinctly different so you’re constantly facing new, interesting challenges.”

Puakea is 7000 yards of exhilarating golf, using beautiful island flora and fauna, giving a sense that it is in complete harmony with nature. The masterfully designed course clearly conveys the routes golfers should take for textbook pars. However, the more daring golfer will be tempted to achieve glorious birdies for a truly rewarding round of golf.