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Kona Country Club - Ocean golf course

Kona C.C. comeback: Renovated Ocean Course on the Big Island is scheduled to reopen this summer

The long process to renovate the Ocean Course at Kona Country Club on the Big Island appears to be nearing an end. The shuttered club should open no later than August now that a new irrigation system is in place on the Ocean Course, architect John Sanford said. Sanford's team has updated bunkers, repaved cart paths, leveled fairways, improved tee boxes and is in the process of planting new landscaping.
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - Kohala Coast

50 years: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Kohala Coast celebrates great golf, solid resort

Fifty years after it opened, its scenic setting still causes guests to fall for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The 252-room hotel looks brand new all over again thanks to a multi-million-dollar renovation. And scenic Mauna Kea Golf Course -- a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that Rees Jones restored in 2008 -- is among the best golf courses in Hawaii.
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Mauna Kea Golf Course - 11th

Hawaii island: A big island with big opportunities for golfers

No Hawaiian island boasts a golf scene as diverse as the "Big Island." Five of the six resort courses at Waikoloa, Hualalai, Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea feature views of the ocean along the dry Kohala Coast.
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Hawaii Golf Destinations

  • 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.
    Makaha Valley Country Club sprawls across scenic lowlands that look across stunning vistas. Nestled within its namesake valley, the golf course has a rolling terrain that is abundant with mature trees, ferns, and tropical plants. The course was designed by William F. Bell, who is perhaps best known for designing the Torrey Pines South Course.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Manele Golf Course (formerly known as 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    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
  • 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.

    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.
    Maui's only 18-hole private club, King Kamehameha Golf Club marries nature with classic design. The Ted Robinson Sr.-designed course, named in honor of Hawaii's greatest king, is located on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains.
    The classic design of Maui Nui Golf Club combines different elements including reachable holes that face each cardinal point with strong prevailing winds that reward smart play for a layout that is both fair and challenging. The layout wanders through the foothills of Haleakula, providing subtle elevation changes as well as views of the ocean.