Golf and Hawai’i. Talk about a match made in lani.
The Aloha State has long been one of the premier destinations for golfers across the world, and the Big Island is the cream of the proverbial crop when it comes to elegant, scenic fairways and unbeatable natural views. With plenty of year-round events (including some sponsored by the Professional Golfers’ Association, or PGA) coupled with the perfect climate for outdoor recreation, the Big Island of Hawai’i stands head and shoulders above the competition as a destination for recreationally-minded travelers to hit the links and hone their craft.
Wondering where to tee off on your next Hawaiian adventure? Check out four of the top golf courses on the island (and all along the Kona side to boot!).
Mauna Kea: Long considered to be one of the nation’s best public courses, the Mauna Kea Golf Course features all the amenities one could ask for, including an outstanding onsite restaurant to slake your thirst after a rousing day of golf (Number 3 Restaurant). Conveniently located within Mauna Kea Resort—itself one of the very best in upscale accommodations within the famous Kohala Coast—the Mauna Kea Golf Course is a par-72 that was designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., and updated with love by his son in 2008. Fore!
Four Seasons Hualalai: If championship golf is what you seek, then why not look to the course designed by a champion! Jack Nickalus—‘The Golden Bear,’ he of the 117 tournament wins and 18 PGA Championships—and his company designed this course, which also hosts the PGA’s Mitsubishi Tournament every year on the Big Island. Surrounded by some of the Big Island’s most sought-after beaches and landscapes, this private gem of a course is also located within the veritable Four Seasons in Kailua-Kona, making it the perfect stop for the discerning traveler looking for their next golfing adventure.
Mauna Lani South Course: Meanwhile, if you’re looking for the perfect marriage of pristine links and unparalleled scenery, the Mauna Lani South Course in Waimea might just be the very best of both in the entire world. Ensconced within the luxurious Mauna Lani (from where it takes its name) along the Kohala Coast, this unbelievable course winds through prehistoric lava flows and offers its patrons one of the most famous outcrops in all of Big Island photography. Be sure to check this one out, and don’t miss out on the rest of Mauna Lani’s offerings while you’re at it!
Waikoloa Beach Course: Located within the historic lava flows of Anaeho’omalu Bay, this par-70, 6,566-yard sporting haven features immaculate greens, and some spectacular views of our neighbor islands to the west. Choose your own adventure with three 9-hole courses at your disposal (Beach Nine, Lakes Nine, Kings’ Nine), each with their own unique setting and beauty, and all in the midst of the prestigious Waikoloa Beach Resort, the gathering place of the Kohala Coast. A truly unique and rewarding experience awaits!