The favorite vacation activities on Hawaii include horseback riding, boating, surfing, and, of course, lounging at the beach. But one opportunity that truly shines on the island paradise is golfing.
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re already a golf enthusiast. While the mainland has plenty of courses that offer relaxation and competition, not many have the sunshine and scenic views that Hawaii provides.
Thing is, there are multiple islands each with multiple golf courses, meaning that you could spend your whole vacation golfing without ever getting bored! And each offers a unique view of this tropical utopia, weaving throughout jungles, ancient ruins, beachside property, and other terrific scenes.
Here are our suggestions if you want to go golfing in Hawaii.
Top Golf Courses in Hawaii for Each Island
1) Ka’anapali Tournament Course, Maui
Located within the Ka’anapali Beach Resort is a magnificent pair of golf courses. The South Course is a par 71, 6,067 yard course, while the North Course is par 71, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and is 6,136 yards.
Golf Digest named this course the top one in Oahu and it is nicknamed “The World’s Most Challenging Golf Course.” It has views of the mountains, rainforest, and Pacific Ocean and the 18th hole features two carries over a jungle ravine, so make sure you bring extra balls.
3) Mauna Kea Golf Course, The Big Island
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this 18-hole championship caliber course was the first built on the Big Island, in 1965. It winds through the sights of lava beds, the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea, and the turquoise Pacific waters. It is 6,737 yards and par 72.
4) Kauai Lagoons, Kauai
Designed by The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, this 18-hole course has fairways run parallel to cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each hole represents an animal or mystical being, such as the Hippo, Swan, Camel, and Dragon, marked by a marble statue of the figure at the tee box. Kauai Lagoons is 18 holes, par 72, and 7,070 yards.
5) The Challenge at Manele, Lanai
This golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and offers 18 ocean-view holes for professional and amateur golfers. Nearby is The Experience at Koele, designed by Greg Norman and featuring lakes, waterfalls, streams, and a 17th hole with a 200-foot drop in elevation from tee to green. It is Par 72 and 7,039 yards across breathtaking coastline views.