15 Best Golf Courses in Hawaii

As you can imagine, Hawaii is a great place to find a beautiful golf course.

Thanks mostly to the fantastic weather experienced all year long, this state’s golf courses and clubs stay awfully busy throughout most of the year. 

After all, Hawaii is known for more than just surfing, swimming, and attending luaus.

Another reason for the popularity of golf courses in Hawaii is because of the state’s natural landscapes, which lend themselves to some amazing-looking golf courses now found almost everywhere on the island.

If you’re curious about the best golf courses found in the state, below are some of them.

1. Ewa Beach Golf Club (Ewa Beach)

Ewa Beach Golf Club (Ewa Beach)

An 18-hole public golf course, the Ewa Beach golfing facility was built in 1992 and consists of Seashore Paspalum grass on both the fairway and the greens.

Some of the onsite amenities include a bar, restaurant, clubhouse, lockers, and even banquet facilities if you need them.

Although they offer no driving range, they do have a putting green and a pitching/chipping area.

It offers 6,711 yards of playing opportunity and the opportunity to rent clubs if you don’t have any of your own. 

It’s a lot of fun to play on and is highly recommended by more than 95% of the people who have played there.

Golf Course Information:

Ewa Beach Golf Club (Ewa Beach)

91-050 Fort Weaver Rd
Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Telephone: 808-689-6565
www.ewabeachgc.com


2. Hapuna Golf Course (Kohala Coast)

Hapuna Golf Course (Kohala Coast)

Built in 1992 and designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, this 18-hole golf course and resort uses Bermuda grass on both the fairways and greens, providing you with a gorgeous experience you won’t soon forget.

You get access to an onsite restaurant and bar, as well as showers and locker rooms, a spa, and a great clubhouse.

There is a fitness center there as well, and golfers especially love the beautiful scenic views that include wildflowers, elevation changes, and the fact that it is a great course for both beginning and advanced golfers. It is truly a very versatile golf course.

Golf Course Information:

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea
HI 96743
Telephone: 808-880-3000
www.marriott.com


3. Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course (Kaneohe Bay)

3.	Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course (Kaneohe Bay)

Built in 1952 and designed by William P. Bell, this 18-hole golf course offers perks such as beautiful Bermuda grass on the fairways and greens, an onsite bar and restaurant, and both a driving range and putting green.

You can play golf at this course all year long, and it was one of Golf Advisor’s top golf courses in Hawaii in 2019.

With lots of trees and lush greenery, you’ll enjoy every moment you’re out there playing on this course, and past golfers have loved that it is challenging and therefore perfect for improving your game.

Golf Course Information:

Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course
Kailua
HI 96734
Telephone: 808-254-2107
mccshawaii.com


4. Kapalua Resort – The Bay Course (Lahaina)

4.	Kapalua Resort – The Bay Course (Lahaina)

This 18-hole resort golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer, Francis Duane, and Hale Irwin, and it provides golfers with 6,600 yards of great playing opportunity.

With Bermuda grass in the fairways and the greens, this is an extraordinary golf course that has an onsite bar, restaurant, spa, and clubhouse, as well as additional activities such as billiards and swimming.

You can golf there all year long and rent clubs, carts, and pull-carts, and if you’re looking for a driving range or putting green, these are available as well.

It is a gorgeous course to enjoy as you enjoy the sunny weather here, and it is one course that will never disappoint.

Golf Course Information:

Kapalua Resort – The Bay Course (Lahaina)
300 Kapalua Dr, Lahaina
HI 96761
Telephone: 808-665-9170
golfatkapalua.com


5. Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course (Lahaina)

Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course (Lahaina)

This 18-hole course was built in 1991 and designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.

When you play on it, you can enjoy nice soft Bermuda grass both in the fairways and in the greens, and its beauty is enhanced by the hilliness and the variety of trees and other greenery that you get to experience as you play.

This course includes both a driving range and a putting green, as well as an on-staff pro to help you improve your game.

It also provides roughly 7,600 yards of greens to play on, not to mention a rating of 77.0 and a slope of 144. You can even enjoy a little billiards or swimming whenever you’re ready for a break.

Golf Course Information:

Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course (Lahaina)
2000 Plantation Club Dr
8781, Lahaina, HI 96761
Telephone: 877-527-2582
golfatkapalua.com


6. King Kamehameha Golf Club (Wailuku)

King Kamehameha Golf Club (Wailuku)

This 18-hole private golf course offers 7,060 yards of playing fun and is open all year long.

It was built in 1991 and designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. In 2015, 2018, and 2019, Golf Advisor rated it one of the top golf courses in Hawaii, and the scenery that you get to enjoy as you play is phenomenal.

You can enjoy nice clean locker rooms, a bar and restaurant, and a nice clubhouse, and golfers especially love the elevation changes, the water hazards, and the scenic views that are a natural part of the course.

Especially if you’re an advanced player, this is a great course to play on, and it is certainly one you will never forget.

Golf Course Information:

King Kamehameha Golf Club (Wailuku)
2500 Honoapiilani Hwy
Wailuku, HI 96793
Telephone: 808-249-0033
kamehamehagolf.com


7. Makani Golf Club (Kailua Kona)

Makani Golf Club (Kailua Kona)

Built in 1997 under the direction of Perry Dye, this golf course offers 18 holes that are open to the public.

The fairways contain Kikuyu grass and the grass on the greens is Paspalum grass. It is a beautiful course indeed that offers 7,116 yards of playing areas.

Open year round, the course also allows you to rent carts and clubs if you need to, and some of the many amenities found there include a golf simulator, putting green, driving range, and an indoor practice area.

There are food and beverage facilities there, and you can even use the meeting facilities if this is what you need.

Golf Course Information:

Makani Golf Club (Kailua Kona)
Kailua-Kona
HI 96740
Telephone: 808-325-5044
www.makanigolfclub.com


8. Manele Golf Course (Lanai)

Manele Golf Course (Lanai)

Most golfers who play on this course give it five stars, which is saying a lot coming from real players.

This is a resort golf course with 18 holes and 7,039 yards of playing opportunities. It was designed by Jack Nicklaus and David Heatwole in 1993 and has a slope of 135 and a rating of 73.7.

With plenty of trees, beautiful Bermuda grass in both the fairways and the greens, and a separate driving range and putting green to enjoy, this exquisite course is the favorite of thousands of players, including players who have played in courses all over the world.

One trip there yourself, and you’ll understand why this is so.

Golf Course Information:

Manele Golf Course (Lanai)
1, Challenge Dr
Lanai City, HI 96763
Telephone: 808-565-4000
www.fourseasons.com


9. Mauna Kea Golf Club (Kamuela)

Mauna Kea Golf Club (Kamuela)

This is an 18-hole golf course with 7,370 yards of opportunity just waiting for you to join in on the fun.

It’s been around since 1964 and has tons of amenities on site, including a bar and restaurant, clubhouse, showers, locker rooms, and banquet and conference facilities.

The course not only contains lush greenery but sits right on the water for even more ambiance.

Cart fees are included in your green fees, but you can also rent clubs and a GPS device if that’s what you wish to do.

There is a driving range and a putting green, and even a teaching pro on staff to help you enjoy the game even more.

Golf Course Information:

Mauna Kea Golf Club (Kamuela)
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr
Waimea, HI 96743
Telephone: 808-882-5400
maunakeabeachhotel.com


10. Mauna Lani Resort – North Course (Kohala Coast)

Mauna Lani Resort – North Course (Kohala Coast)

If you’re looking for a hilly golf course with 18 holes and lots of perks, this is the golf course for you.

Not only is it a beautiful course, but it offers Seashore Paspalum grass on both the fairways and the greens, the ability to play golf all year long, and a great clubhouse, spa, and locker rooms right on the grounds.

Golf Advisors voted this course one of the best golf courses in Hawaii in both 2018 and 2019, and when you play there just once, it’ll be easy to understand why.

You can even take some time out to exercise at the fitness center or hit the tennis court and play a few rounds with your favorite partner if you’re ready for a change.

Golf Course Information:

Mauna Lani Resort – North Course (Kohala Coast)
68-1050 Makaiwa Pl
Waimea, HI 96743
Telephone: 808-885-6655
www.maunalanigolf.com


11. Mauna Lani Resort – South Course (Kohala Coast)

Mauna Lani Resort – South Course (Kohala Coast)

With more than 6,900 yards of playing opportunity, the South course at the Mauna Lani Resort offers a great opportunity for fun whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced player.

The course has been around since 1981 and allows golfers to play year round, making it super convenient for people who can’t get enough of their favorite sport.

There is lodging available, as well as a clubhouse, spa, and locker rooms, and you even get access to a tennis court and fitness center if you want to take some time out from golfing and do something else for a while.

With lots of trees and close proximity to the water, you’ll love this course regardless of your experience level.

Golf Course Information:

Mauna Lani Resort – South Course (Kohala Coast)
68-1050 Makaiwa Pl

Waimea, HI 96743
Telephone: 808-885-6655
www.maunalanigolf.com


12. Poipu Bay Golf Course (Koloa)

Poipu Bay Golf Course (Koloa)

This beautiful golf course was built in 1991 and designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Gary Linn, and Donald Knott.

It contains beautiful Bermuda grass in the fairways and Paspalum grass in the greens, and it has onsite showers, locker rooms, and even a spa and lounge for when your game is over and you want to relax for a bit.

It is hilly with palm trees and you can even rent clubs and a GPS device to make the day even more convenient and fun.

Golfers love this course not only because of its beauty but also because it is able to accommodate all types of players.

Golf Course Information:

Poipu Bay Golf Course (Koloa)
2250 Ainako St
Koloa, HI 96756
Telephone: 808-742-1515

www.hyatt.com


13. Princeville Makai Golf Club – Makai Course (Princeville)

Princeville Makai Golf Club – Makai Course (Princeville)

Built in 1971 and designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this golf course has 18 holes and offers 7,223 yards to play on.

It contains Seashore Paspalum grass on both the fairways and the greens, and it has a bar, restaurant, spa, and great clubhouse right onsite.

Players love the hilliness and the gorgeous scenic views, not to mention the fact that it is challenging enough even for advanced players.

If you have a bucket list, you’ll definitely want to add this great course to that list because in the end, this is an extraordinary golf course that provides you with just the right number of challenges to keep your playing time fun.

Golf Course Information:

Princeville Makai Golf Club – Makai Course (Princeville)
4080 Lei O Papa Rd
Princeville, HI 96722
Telephone: 808-826-1912

www.makaigolf.com

14. Wailea Golf Club – Emerald Course (Wailea)

Wailea Golf Club – Emerald Course (Wailea)

Built in 1994 and designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Donald Knott, and Gary Linn, this golf course is open all year long and boasts 6,825 yards of great playing areas.

In addition to the gorgeous course, you get lots of onsite amenities such as locker rooms, a great clubhouse, and a bar and restaurant that all promise to take good care of you once your game is over.

In fact, Gold Advisor has given this course numerous awards, voting it one of the top courses in Hawaii in 2015, 2018, and 2019, as well as the golfers’ choice course in 2019.

You’ll definitely enjoy the beautiful views you’ll be surrounded by as you play and the ability to play on multiple courses while you’re there.

Golf Course Information:

Emerald Course (Wailea)
Wailea Golf Club Dr
Kihei, HI 96753
Telephone: 808-875-7450
www.waileagolf.com


15. Wailea Golf Club – Gold Course (Wailea)

Wailea Golf Club – Gold Course (Wailea)

Hilly and with a lot of trees, the Gold course at the Wailea Golf Club is both relaxing and enticing with its beauty.

It has been around since 1994 and offers amenities such as year-round golfing, a great clubhouse and lounge, an on-staff teaching pro to provide you with the assistance you need to improve your game, and a driving range for your practice sessions.

You can rent clubs if you don’t have any of your own, and the “Wailea Golf Academy” provides you with a great way to take lessons and start your journey to becoming a great golfer.

Golf Course Information:

Wailea Golf Club – Gold Course (Wailea)
100 Wailea Golf Club Dr
Kihei, HI 96753
Telephone: 808-875-7450
www.waileagolf.com


Conclusion

Finding a great golf course in the great state of Hawaii is never a problem because you’ll find them in tons of places on each of the islands.

They are not only some of the most eye-catching courses you’ll ever play on, but also some of the most accommodating ones because they were designed by the experts.

When you think of states that take your breath away, Hawaii is usually at the top of the list, so there is little wonder why the golf courses found there are so exquisite.

Regardless of why you are there in the first place, the next time you’re in Hawaii, you should sneak away and play a few rounds of golf, especially since those rounds will be played on some of the most amazing golf courses found anywhere in the world.



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