Best Places to Golf in Hawaii – a man can dream…

As many of you know, my wife and I are expecting our third boy, who just today we found out is going to be coming earlier than originally anticipated. The original due date was August 16th, 2010 and now, if she doesn’t give birth by August 10th, they’re going to induce labor. So, after expressing my barely contained excitement to my wife, I hung up the phone and experienced a mild case of pre-third-baby jitters and decided to plan a Hawaii golf trip.

I figure I’ve got a good 10 days before I’ve gotta retire the clubs and I’m gonna go out with a bang!! 🙂

Hawaii has always been on my bucket list and that desire has increased greatly since I’ve become obsessed with golf. Before it was mainly driven by great weather, beaches and beautiful women. Since golf became a passion of mine it’s now great weather, beaches and golf…. 🙂

After doing some research and sifting through a bunch of garbage websites, in search of best hawaii golf courses, I’ve come up with a list of the three must play courses in Hawaii. These were consistently listed on legitamate websites on all their “best of the best” lists. 

Poipu Bay Golf Course, Kauai

Poipu Bay Golf Course is like no other golf course in the world. This Par 72, 210-acre Robert Trent Jones Jr. design is a links-style course boasting an intimidating 7,034 yards from the back tees. Here, he’s taken nature and the elements to create a stunning and challenging venue.

There’s plenty of wildlife to encounter whilst getting your early morning fix and you’re likely to encounter the native Hawaiian nene geese and witness whales, monk seals, and green sea turtles playing along the shore. 

For the past 13 years, this amazing tract has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. A unique and unforgettable golf experience awaits you on this course, one that demands every aspect of your game and brings it into thrilling focus.


Home of the PGA Mercedes Championship, Kapalua is arguably the best nationally known golf resort in Hawaii. Consistently ranked in Golf Magazines the Top 100 Courses to play, whether it’s the Arnold Palmer designed Bay and Village courses or the Coore & Crenshaw designed Plantation Course, you’ll not be disappointed.

Terraced among silvery-blue pineapple fields above a flawless beach in glamorous west Maui, Kapalua is the only resort in the nation that manages to combine an essentially rural character with world-class sophistication.

The Plantation course, with it’s broad fairways and huge greens is a twisting, topsy-turvy layout where you’ll taste first hand, the brutal nature of Pacific winds. This is a walking only course, that’ll test your patience as well as your endurance and stamina.

 The Bay Course is resort golf at it’s finest. It’s a 6,600 yard par 72 course featuring gently rolling fairways and hand-holding generous greens. It’s the older of the two courses and offers a striking contrast to the sweeping vistas and constantly changing elevations of the nearby Kapalua Plantation Course.

The Village Course is an exalted adventure that climbs 800 feet into the fecund mountains. Views of Molokai and other offshore islands from all three courses are outstanding.

Princeville, Hanalei

Another Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, Princeville features two world class championship golf courses, the Prince and Makai. Built into the natural habitat of Kauai’s north shore, these courses offer strategic challenges for golfers of all skill level. These courses have been reciepents of numerous awards and accolate, such as Golf Digest’s #1 course in Hawaii.

The Prince is one of Hawaii’s most challenging golf courses, with a USGA course rating of 75.3 and a 145 slope. Five different tees on each hole allow you to set your own challenge, so even the worst duffer can spend an enjoyable day at this wonderful course.

This 18-hole, par-72 Golf Course climbs slopes and careens down hills as a demanding layout that calls for your best-planned shots. Named for Prince Albert, son of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, Golf at the Prince Golf Course is truly a royal experience.

Makai Golf Course was built in 1971 and recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. The Makai Course winds its way around serene lakes, native woodlands and the spectacular coastline with views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay. The course plays to a par 72 with four different sets of tees that can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards from the tips.

The recent renovation by Robert Trent Jones Jr. features the introduction of Seashore Paspalum turf grass on to all tees, fairways and greens, providing spectacular playing surfaces for golfers of all skill levels. Additional improvements include the reconfiguring greens complexes and green surrounds, as well as bold reshaping of all bunkers. The signature 7th hole on the Makai Course plays to 213 yards from the back tees. It consists of a challenging tee shot over scenic cliffs, onto to a green which is surrounded by brilliant white bunkers and surreal views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean.

For the casual golfer who wants to enjoy a leisure round of golf with family and friends, Makai Golf Club is also proud to offer the popular 9-hole Woods Course. The Woods Course is a fun and relaxed layout, winding through the native woodlands of Kauai’s north shore.

Alright, so I jest, I’m not really fleeing the impending birth of my child by taking a trip to Hawaii, but, I’d be dishonest if I didn’t say the thought has crossed my mind! However, you, my dear readers can and check out this list of Hawaii tee times.

Also, I’m curious, if you’ve golfed in Hawaii, what are your thoughts on which courses are the best?

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  2 comments for “Best Places to Golf in Hawaii – a man can dream…

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    This article does a great job describing these courses. One of my favorite courses to play is Kapalua. It’s an easy choice for me because Maui is my favorite Island. If I could add another course to visit, it would be ‘The Challenge at Manele ‘ on Lanai, which is an easy & quick boat ride across the water. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Great course, breathtaking views! If you’re up for 36 holes that day, you can get a great deal and play “The Experience at Koele”, another spectacular course designed by Greg Norman. Golfing on Lanai is an unforgettable experience.

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    All good choices, I think Kauai Lagoons deserves a mention as well. The scenery on that course is breathtaking.

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