Here are some of the golf courses you can play in Hawaii
Honolulu, Oahu - Ko’Olau Golf Club – par 72
Carved out of a magnificent tropical forest, Ko'Olau Golf Club is one of the most inspiring golf experiences in the world. Nestled below Oahu's historic and popular Pali Lookout, Ko’Olau offers breathtaking views of the majestic 2,000-foot-high cliffs of the Ko'Olau mountain range, cascading waterfalls and commanding views of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful windward side of Oahu. Ko'olau's natural setting provided master golf course architect Dick Nugent the opportunity to create a gem of a golf course that encompasses over 280 acres of spectacular terrain with a scenic 7,310-yard, par-72 layout. It offers impeccable conditioning and some of the most extraordinary scenery in the world.Last updated August 2006
Kona, Hawaii - Kona Country Club – both par 72
The Ocean course is one of Hawaii’s original golf resort destinations. This famed Ocean course winds its way around Keauhou Bay, with beautiful ocean-front holes, generous fairways and big greens. The oceanfront 3rd hole, a par 3, has been called ‘A signature hole before there were signature holes’ by the Golf Magazine in the US. This course also hosts the LPGA tour event, Takefuji Classic, with past winners such as Karrie Webb and Lori Kane. It is a must play for any golf enthusiast.
The Mountain course was built on the side of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1992. The first hole starts at an elevation of 2,100 feet and the course moves up the hill reaching the highest point at 3,000 feet. There are great views of the ocean from virtually every hole. The course is both challenging and beautiful.
There are many deep sand and grass bunkers around the greens and on the fairways. Some of the greens are narrow and long which makes it a challenge when selecting the correct club for your approach shot. The greens are also sloped or tiered. The 15th is an interesting hole – it is a 213-yard, par 3, which requires a tee shot from an elevated tee to a green with a lake on the left and and on the right. The interesting aspect of this hole is the spectacular panoramic view of the coastline. There is a lot of wildlife in the area and peacocks can be seen throughout the course.Last updated August 2006
Lahaina, Maui - Kaanapali Golf Club – par 71 and par 70
The North course is typical Trent Jones with large, contoured greens that place emphasis on putting skills. It also boasts one of the best finishing holes in Hawaii – the par 4, 18th hole that Arnold Palmer, during the Canada Cup, called one of the most challenging holes that he had played. This course, currently a par 71, is under reconstruction during summer 2006.
The South course, designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, snuggles up to the sea. A memorable feature is the whimsical Sugar Cane Train. The steam locomotive, now used for tours and a reminder of turn-of-the-century Hawaii, chugs past on its way to the historic whaling town of Lahaina. The focus of this course is on where to position your ball, and not driving distance.Last updated August 2006
Nawiliwili, Kauai - Kauai Lagoons – par 72
The award-winning Kiele course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, provides an unbeatably short trip from seaport to the first tee! Overlooking the gateway to the island of Kauai, Kauai Lagoons is a lush, 750-acre resort carefully secluded in the southwest corner of the island. Its lush fairways and rolling greens exude a romantic tropical ambiance with hints of European grandeur. Golf Magazine has awarded this course with their Gold Medal Award for being "One of the four finest courses in the country". Golfers who strive to emulate Nicklaus' playing style will find that the Kiele suits them to a tee. Built in the late 1980s, it rewards players who can hit the ball high in order to carry the assorted drainage creeks, ravines and beautiful lagoons, as well as reach the couple of island greens that finish this challenging course. Each hole on the Kiele has a unique affiliation with an animal or mystical being — such as the Happy Buddha, Camel, Elephant, Hippo, Swan, Alligator and Dragon — and is marked at the tee box by a white marble statue on a granite base.Last updated August 2006