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Kai Course at Kaanapali on Maui really is women, kid friendly

The Royal is the more challenging of the two golf courses at Kaanapali, but many locals prefer to play the Kai Course. Why? They have more fun on the Kai. For less skilled players, families and certainly players who don't hit it as far, the Kai fits the bill. And in terms of views, the Kai Course holds its own, too. Mike Bailey has more from Maui.
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Renovation unlocks the beauty of Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s Makai Golf Club at Princeville on Kauai

Makai Golf Club at Princeville resort on Kauai has come a long way since its multi-million dollar renovation finished in 2010. Robert Trent Jones Jr. revived one of Hawaii's sleeping beauties. Seashore paspalum now covers the fairways, greens and tees. Green surrounds were reshaped. New white Silica sand from Vietnam created bunkers that visually pop against a panoramic backdrop and spectacular cliff-top views of the Pacific come from five superb holes.
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Devour these dining delights on Kauai

Golf isn't the only wonderful thing about a trip to Kauai. The dining options are endless. From the surreal Beach House Restaurant, to resort restaurants, to inside golf clubhouses, Jason Deegan takes us on an amazing journey of Kauai's best eats during his recent trip to the Garden Isle.
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Hawaii Golf Destinations

  • Big Island

    When you're the big kid on the block, you better do it right, and the Big Island of Hawaii does just that when it comes to satisfying golfers.

    With Mauna Kea Golf Course, Robert Trent Jones Sr. transformed what was seemingly a barren lava field into what is now one of Hawaii's most popular courses. The challenging layout has holes that play right along the sea as well as over 300 feet above.
    Hapuna Golf Course stretches along the beautiful Kohala coastline before rising to over 700 feet above sea level. The snow-topped Mauna Kea volcano serves as a dramatic backdrop and there are seemingly endless views of the Pacific. Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay collaborated to create a visually stunning links course that utilizes the natural contours of the landscape and silky fescue grasses.
    Waikola Village Golf Club sprawls across the foothills of Mauna Kea, overlooking the beautiful Kohala Coast. Robert Trent Jones Jr., inspired by its location, sought to preserve the natural features of the course while creating additional challenges that were unique to the island landscape.
  • Kauai

    Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is not only a golf paradise, but one of the special spots in the world for honeymooners, ecotourists and folks just looking to get away from it all. From the world-famous Princeville to Poipu Bay, Kauai is home to some of the world's most scenic and spectacular golf courses, but it's also a place where one can get lost in time and beauty.

    Ranked the 13th Best Golf Course You Can Play in Hawaii by Golfweek Magazine in 2009, Puakea is a one of Hawaii's best kept golf secrets. Designed by Robin Nelson, Puakea is a fun golf experience for the recreational golfer while still a challenge for the better player when played from the back tees
    It is said that when legendary golfer and architect Jack Nicklaus created the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons, the terrain lent itself so well to his vision that he made but a single change to his original design. Little wonder that this incredible resort course received accolade after accolade for being one of the finest golf gems in the Pacific. In 2010 Jack Nicklaus was again called upon, this time to head up the redesign of his famed Kiele ocean nine. The result is a spectacular 18-hole golf experience ranked the 6th best course in Hawaii in GolfWeek Magazine’s 2012 Best Courses: State by State.
    Kiahuna Golf Club is a challenging short course that has narrow fairways. The course is structured around many ancient remnants of authentic Hawaiian culture. A golfer will encounter unusual obstacles such as lava walls and stone structures. This course is called "the longest short course you will ever play."
  • Oahu

    While other Hawaiian islands give you golf that can be showy, Oahu keeps it real, offering diverse golf options, as well as great resorts and spas, that will keep them coming back for more.

    Hawaii Prince Golf Club offers three interchangeable nines, each with a variety of different challenges, which provide three unique 18-hole combinations. There are 90 sand bunkers and 10 ponds awaiting golfers throughout the 27 holes in addition to stunning views of the Waianae Mountains.
    Hawaii Country Club was one of the first golf courses in West Oahu. Unlike many of the island's courses that are relatively flat, this course is defined by its landscape of rolling hills and valleys. The dramatic elevations provide scenic views that stretch to Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor.
    Royal Kunia Country Club boasts a reputation as one of the best and most scenic golf courses on Oahu. The course is perched high above the Ewa plain, offering panoramic views of the entire South Shore, stretching from Pearl Harbor to the downtown skyline of Honolulu to the famed Diamond Head.
  • Lanai

    Lanai may not have a quantity of golf courses seen on other Hawaiian islands, but it offers amazing quality in its two 18-hole championship golf courses: The Challenge at Manele and The Experience at Koele.

    The Challenge at Manele is a visually stunning golf course that is painted a rainbow of colors from black lava outcroppings to red cliffs that tumble towards the blue sea to the pristine white sand traps that dot the lush green coastline.
  • Maui

    For many reasons, Maui is an ideal choice for golfers when planning a Hawaii golf vacation. In addition to being a favorite spot for honeymooners and romantic getaways, there are few better things to do than play some of the Pacific's most spectacular courses, including Wailea Golf Club, Makena Golf & Beach Resort, Royal Ka'anapali and more.

    Former host to the Champions Skins Game, the Gold course at Wailea Golf Club stands as the club's most difficult of the three golf courses on Maui's southern coast.
    The oldest of the three Wailea Golf Club courses, Old Blue is a traditional Maui resort course designed by Arthur Jack Snyder just a sniff off the coastline and beneath Mt. Haleakala.
    For visitors to the West Maui Mountains, Kahili Golf Course is a must-play. Visiting and local golfers alike are fond of Kahili, a picturesque course with views of the Pacific Ocean. The 6,560-yard, par-72 course is a challenge, with elevation changes, hilly par 3s and long par 5s.