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Golfing on the Big Island Hawaii

There are many reasons people come from far and wide for  golfing on the big island of Hawaii. Golf challenges its participants to develop their hand eye coordination all while enjoying the pleasure of being outside with friends. For many golfers, Hawaii is a dream destination. The Big Island offers some of the best golf courses in the country. If you are golfer, not much is better than enjoying paradise on a well designed, course with plenty of variety. In this article, Big Island Flow will share 4 amazing golf course on the Big Island.

Hapuna Golf Course

Hapuna Golf Course has it all – a rugged Hawaii beauty that comes of greens set amidst a dark lava field, seemingly endless ocean and coastline views, challenging play and a full range of facilities and services. The course is a favorite among vacationing guests and local residents alike. With its seemingly endless views and dramatic elevation changes beginning at sea level and rising to 700 feet, Hapuna Golf Course nestles into the rugged desert terrain above the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. This Arnold Palmer / Ed Seay golf course is a championship “links-style” design that was built in 1992 and stretches to just under 6,900 yards.

Makalei Golf Club

Makalei Golf Club is situated in the Kona region on the west side of Hawaii Island, known for its cool climates and world famous coffee farms, Makalei boasts an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet.  This Kona golf layout is a cool, scenic, lush forest alternative to the island’s coastal golf course experiences.  The temperate climate, lush surrounding forests, and elevation offer a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Mauna Kea Golf Course

“Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this’ll be the most beautiful hole in the world.” Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at the 3rd hole site. Mauna Kea Golf Course ushers in a new age of golf with innovative new Golfboards, a fun way to carve through a round of golf in record time and surf the earth. Available for both golfers and non-golfers ages 16 and up. New in 2016 – all carts now come with GPS to offer golfers a little extra help when determining yardages and distances to the hole.

South Course at Mauna Lani Resort

For an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean you have to visit South Course at Mauna Lani Resort. This fabulous course has a fabulous layout allowing its players to gold as long as 272 yards over a section of the gorgeous, turquoise pacific. The course is always beautifully maintained with a challenging, but fun layout. South Course at Mauna Lani Resort is by far one of Hawaii’s best courses.

Waikoloa Village Golf Club

The Waikoloa Village Golf Club has a number of great courses, but the Beach Course and King’s Course are especially wonderful. The King’s Course is cut out of a dramatic lava filed that stands out beautifully against the island’s rich, jungle greenery.  This course offers variety keeping it fresh and making it memorable. You will feel like royalty playing on the King’s Course.

While the Beach Course is the epitome of relaxation. However, keep in mind the Beach Course’s winds can make your game tricky. When playing the Beach Course be sure to wear layers.

Hualalai Golf Course

Like all the other splendid amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land.  Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. After an exhilarating game, relax in the clubhouse where tropical refreshments, ocean views and a club-away-from-home experience await you.

Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course

Just six miles from downtown Kona, is Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course. This is course is less known, but entirely beautiful. You will find this course to be reasonably priced while still offering a scenic ocean view. Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course used to host an LPGA Tour event, so you know it offers a challenging, respectable course. This course offers an amazing time, but is still challenging.  If time allows, be sure to check out Kona Country Club’s Mountain Course too!

Waikoloa Beach Golf Club

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf reaches a crescendo at the Kings’ Course, which delivers a memorable round from the first tee to the 18th green. Designers Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish crafted a Scottish links-style layout at the Kings’ that fits with Weiskopf philosophy of demanding the best from the golfer yet doing so in a way that does not overly penalize miss-hit shots.

Kohanaiki Golf Club

Kohanaiki is an invitation-only private residential club community in Hawai’i, carefully crafted on 450 oceanfront acres of the Big Island of Hawai`i. Located near the popular surfing destination known as Pinetree’s Kohanaiki is home to the only Rees Jones golf course in Hawai`i. The course is a 7,329-yard, par-72 course.

Big Island Country Club

Big Island Country Club is designed by famed golf architect Pete Dye. The course features wide fairways and water in play on nine of the 18 holes. Situated on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea mountain, the course offers Hawaii visitor and resident golfers a cooler climate with refreshing air and sweeping vistas of mountains and the ocean.

Volcano Golf and Country Club

If you are near Volcanoes National park be sure to check out Volcano Golf and Country Club. This unique course sits on the rime of the active Kilauea volcanic crater. With incredible views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, you will not forget this course any time soon. How often do you get play golf near an active volcano?  With the guidance of of the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, Pele, you may have one of your best games at Volcano Golf and Country Club.

Sea Mountain Golf Club

The 18-hole Sea Mountain Golf Course in Pahala, HI is a public golf course that opened in 1971. Designed by Jack Snyder, Sea Mountain Golf Course measures 6416 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.1 USGA rating. a Mountain Golf Course Resort -18 Holes – Par 72.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course

Not far from Hilo, Hilo Municipal Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level.Currently under renovation the Hilo Municipal Golf Course is open for holes 1-9 as the back nine is being renovated.

Banyan’s Golf Club

This beautifully landscaped 9-hole golf course, conveniently located within Hotel grounds, features 2,875 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. It was designed by Alexander Kahapea and was built in 1970. The course is open daily and includes golf instruction, a putting green and a driving range.

When visiting Hawaii leave plenty of time for golf. The Big Island has a plethora of fantastic courses that will make your holiday. You are bound to have a fantastic time all four of these courses.   The course is 18 holes, par 72, a total of 6,547 yards of playing area.

For more information about the Big Island’s golf courses and other activities, give us a call at: 808-464-0840.

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