Golf vacations — Hawaii golf vacations

 
 

As golf vacation season tees off, Traveler.com brings you great resources to plan your Hawaii golf vacation.   Do you want to learn which Hawaii resort courses to avoid, how to find great resort housing deals, and more?

 

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Best Hawaii golf school vacations

David Leadbetter Golf Academy;  renowned golf instructor, hosted at Wailea Golf Resort

Kapalua Golf Academy;  a Top 25 Golf School;  Jerry King named Best Teacher in Hawaii several recent years

 

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Hawaii golf courses and resorts

Lanai golf courses

Challenge at Manele;  7,039 yard, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature course with dramatic cliffside holes

Experience at Koele;  7,000 yard, par 72 set at 2000 feet in the mountains overlooking Maui and Molokai;  Greg Norman and Ted Robinson's course simply "Wow's" golfers

 

Hawaii (Big Island) golf courses

Kona Country Club;  breathtaking Kona Coastline views from its Mountain and Ocean courses;  set on the Pacific among black lava rock and with stunning mountain views

Waikoloa Golf Club;  Beach course; a Robert Trent Jones, Jr design and Kings course, a Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish design

 

Maui golf courses

The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Club; set in Maui's Central Valley amid huge, rolling sand dunes

Wailea Golf Club;  a Hawaii classics for golfers of all abilities

Gold  course;  the longest and most challenging

Emerald course;  most scenic and spectacularly landscaped

Blue course;  the original

Makena Resort;

North Course;  on the slopes of Haleakala routing around ancient Hawaiian rock walls and lava flows

South Course;  Robert Trent Jones, Jr design currently closed for renovations, but sure to please soon

Kapalua Resort;  36 great holes with a Four Seasons Resort

Plantation Course;  Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw masterpiece; "Best Resort Course in Hawaii" by T&L Golf

Bay Course;  strong course; host of the LPGA Classic

King Kamehameha Golf Club;  landmark 75,000 sq ft Frank Lloyd Wright clubhouse;  private club, but try to test a membership

Kaanapali Golf Resort;  home of the Big Break Kaanapali and the Champions Skins Game

Pukalani Country Club;  set higher and therefore cooler;  well-maintained enjoyable course

elleair Maui Golf Club;  highly popular with panoramic views

 

Oahu golf courses

Ko'olau Golf Club;  spectacular jungle setting at the base of mountains;  a wild experience considered the toughest course in the US with a slope of 152

Luana Hills Country Club;  sister course to Koolau in a valley, but with a similar wild jungle setting

Turtle Bay Resort Golf Club;  36 holes;  Top 10 in Hawaii with Arnold Palmer and George Fazio courses

Ko Olina Golf Club;  Top 75 Resort courses in the US by Golf Digest

Makaha Resort Golf Club

Hawaii Prince Golf Club

 

Kauai golf courses

Princeville at Hanalei Golf Club;  ranked #1 courses in Hawaii and Top 50 in US

Prince golf course;  Robert Trent Jones, Jr design;  Top 50 in US

Makai golf course;  in a multi-million dollar renovation;  closed through summer, 2009

Puakea Golf Course;

Kauai Lagoons Golf Club;  Top 10 most playable courses in America by Golf Magazine

 

Secrets and Tips for a Hawaii golf vacation

Hawaii Golf Courses that Should Have Been on Barack Obama's Golf Vacation

I sure hope President Obama's cabinet members advise him better on the Hawaii golf courses to play on his Hawaii golf vacation.

Before Christmas, Obama played at Olomana Golf Links (olomanagolflinks.com) and the private Mid Pacific Country Club (mpcchi.org); one on Christmas Eve.

These two Hawaii golf courses have some appeal — Olomana is a short but sporty course, and Mid Pac's first eight holes were designed by Seth Raynor in the late 1920s — and Obama likely played them because of their proximity to his rented house, but there are better options.

As Obama's Chief of Shaft, I'd recommend Ko'olau Golf Club (koolaugolfclub.com). While its 152 slope rating has helped it become known as one of the toughest Hawaii golf courses, its location at the base of the Ko'olau mountain range and its lush, jungle-like setting with deep chasms and waterfall views make it one of the most beautiful.

 

The Best Maui Golf courses to Play

If you have to choose between playing the Maui golf courses at Wailea or Makena, we recommend Wailea (waileagolf.com). And, of its three layouts, Gold, Emerald, and Old Blue, the Gold and Emerald courses are the best bets.

As Golf Odyssey readers are advised in the April issue:

"Don't waste your time or money playing Old Blue...It's neither well designed nor scenic. The course, on par with many a well-maintained muni, is littered with condominiums. At $155 for Wailea Resort guests [$185 for the general public] Old Blue may well be one of the most overpriced courses in the United States."

The two Maui golf courses at Makena (makenagolf.com) are good, too, and offer more "serious" golf, but, based on our multiple visits, the conditions are not as consistently good as Wailea.

 

Featured Courses - Wailea

by Michael Castello

Wailea is a Maui paradise for the avid golfer, with abundant ocean views and a classic design by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

My entourage and I set out on a partly cloudy day to play this amazing course. I had heard many great things about the "Grand Lady" of Maui and had looked forward to this golf adventure for months.

Wailea has three distinct courses - Emerald, Gold and Blue.  The Emerald course is rated one of the "best new courses" by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, as well as "one of North America's most women-friendly" by Golf for Women.

 
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