Hawaii Course Recommendations


#1

Hey guys. Fiance and I are headed to Hawaii for our honeymoon at the end of July and she says I can play 2-3 rounds of golf while we are there. We are looking at staying a few days on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Would love to hear if you all have any recommendations on where to play. I will likely just rent clubs while I am there and she will be going with me, but not playing. Thanks!


#2

Also paying attention to this as I’m going next year.

Kapalua worth it?


#3

Good for you, sounds like you found a winner if she’s letting you golf 3 times on your honeymoon and she’s not even playing!


#4

Awww. And so sweet that she’s coming with him to watch while he plays.

That’ll soon change…


#5

Kapalua is definitely worth the freight. Once, at least. My hire clubs there were brand new AP2s, Vokeys, 917s and a Scotty.

Kaanapali courses absolutely not. I had a room overlooking them for five days and even that was too close.

Wailea courses everyone raves about. Gold is “the one” but I had advice that Blue is more fun holiday golf.

On Oahu, Waialae and Mid Pacific CC are wanting $300 or so for a round. I am Australian, no connections at either, just emailed them and they were all good for me to play. I didn’t partake, but drove around Waialae and it’s not a $300 golf course.

Instead, I played Oahu CC up on the hill overlooking Honolulu. $170 or so, super welcoming place and a really interesting, fun course on some wild land. Reminded me of a hillier Riviera. Some pics here: http://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,64352.msg1533796.html#msg1533796


#6

Also paying attention…recommendations for Kauai, only time for one round


#7

$300 is a bit steep, but Mid Pac is a great course. To me, it’s a thousand times better than Oahu, which is basically what you would get by turning a mini golf course into a par 70.

The Palmer Course at Turtle Bay might be the best on the island, though.


#8

On the Big Island on the Kona Coast side, the South course at Mauni Lani and then the Mauna Kea course. Both awesome. Bonus was each round took under 3 hours and Mauna Kea let me go around a second time at no charge (pretty awesome for a $250/round course!). Also, check out Hapuna Beach if in the area, unreal.

Mauni Lani:
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Mauna Kea (probably favorite par 3 I’ve ever played)
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#9

If you’re staying on the north side of Kauai (Princeville area), definitely check out the Makai Golf Course. Price is a little steep, $295 I think, but worth it. Really enjoyable experience, fantastic views, especially of Bali Hai on the on the downhill par 3, not a blade of grass out of place when I played there. Got around in under 3.5 hours too, which I always appreciate.


#10

Thanks. We are staying in the Princeville area actually and the Makai course is the one I’ve been looking at.

I’ve read a little bit about the Prince Course and how it used to be this top-rated track, then it closed down, but is now supposed to re-open in 2018. But not sure when…


#11

I really enjoyed the King K Club in Maui. Here’s my post about it… What was your favorite course you played in 2017 and why?


#12

I played one of the Princeville courses back in 2005ish. It was largely forgettable. Kapalua was swapping grass on the greens the year we were out there. Really bummed we didn’t get to play it. The views on the 18th hole were spectacular.


#13

I prefer Poipu over Princeville. Both are beautiful but the Princeville layout is meh for the money. Amazing views, but a lot of blind shots. Poipu is a great track.


#14

Strong agree. Most of the course’s members live in either California or Japan, so it’s not super busy. Pretty easy to just call up there and get a time. The course was in great condition, and the wind makes it quite interesting.


#15

On the Kona coast, for good fun at low $$, Big Island CC. All public, trailer for a clubhouse but great views and typically in great shape. Best burgers ever are at the Parker Ranch Mall, Village Burgers, Waimea.

On Maui, King Kameamea is private, but slots several tee times daily. Spectacular views and a a Frank Lloyd Wright clubhouse overlooking the main town of Kahului. Zero delays, play at your pace and she’ll ride free. Below it is it’s little sister, Kihili. Like makai at Princeville, these are Troon. Buy the California card. Very accessible from Kihei, wallea and ok from Lahaina.

As great as Kapalua is, its at the far north end and unless you’re staying up there, kaanapali or Lahaina, central island or the Wailea/ Kihei begs for Emerald or gold. Blue is a bust. Maui’s muni is Pukalani, cheap and fun, like Big Island. It’s way up the hill ppposite King Kameamea. Eat at the Haliimaili store on the way up.

If you are staying south end on Kauai, Poipu is a great choice. Played it this week, perfect condition and 3.5 hours. No traffic like heading back north.


#16

Wailea Gold was incredible. Felt like you were getting the crazy beautiful HI experience without the crazy Kap prices.

Heard great things about The Challenge Course (now called Manele I think) on Lanai: https://www.fourseasons.com/lanai/services_and_amenities/golf/


#17

When in Maui, if you’re looking to save some money and not splurge on the resort courses, I’d recommend The Dunes at Maui Lani, Kahili, and Pukalani.

The Dunes is one of my favorite courses I’ve ever played. Advertised as a links course, it doesn’t play like one at all, but it’s got some cool pot bunkers and a lot of really interesting elevation changes on a lot of the holes. I have heard some of my friends who’ve played it since my last visit (2012) it’s not in as good of shape anymore, but if it’s in nice conditioning, can’t recommend it enough.

Kahili is a nice course not too far from there that pretty much everyone who visits it enjoys. It’s right in the wind tunnel of Maui, so there’s a good chance it’ll play the windiest round you ever play, but it’s still worth it.

Pukalani in terms of layout and design is nothing to write home about, but the staff is the friendliest assortment of people on Earth, and the food in the restaurant is to die for. My parents and I agree the best place we’ve eaten on Maui is that course’s restaurant.


#18

Sick! I actually just went on my honeymoon in October to Hawaii. Wife let me play 3x (knew I had a keeper!). We did 7 days in Maui and 6 days in Kauai.

Maui - MUST play Kapalua Plantations course - worth every penny - my wife met me for lunch at the club house after my round and the food and drinks were great (the starter will give you this tip, all putts break towards the island out in the distance… remember that… towards the island they are lightning fast, away from the island, really slow (like a 13 vs 7 on the stimp))

I also played Wailea Gold - it was incredible - hefty price tag but I heard that’s the one to play so played it because when will I ever get back there… was amazing as well (not as nice as Kapalua though).!
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In Kauai we both played Poipu Bay where they previously held the Grand Slam of golf, some of the best views I’ve ever seen on a golf course - and was cool because Tiger has won there like 6x.

Enjoy!


#19

I played Poipu and loved it. I teed it up in July and the conditioning was incredible, there’s a few “meh” holes in the middle of the round but the views were incredible whether it was the volcano or ocean. They used to play the Grand Slam there for years.


#20

Here is a horribly formatted version of a course roundup I put together for Maui, Kaua’i, Oahu and Hawaii Island in 2016. Can send you the proper doc with proper tables and bullets separately if you’d like:

Maui

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West Maui

Kapalua Golf (36 holes)
http://www.golfatkapalua.com/

Plantation Course (Aerated September 6-10)
#2 Golf Digest, #1 Golfweek, #1 Golf Magazine
Bay Course $219 (Aerated October 4-7)
#11 Golfweek, #16 Golf Magazine

Course Rate 11-1pm 1:00 PM
Plantation $299 $239 $199
Plantation (Guest) $239 $219 $199
Bay Course $219 $189 $159
Bay Course (Guest) $199 $179 $159

$445, $395 for guest, 2-day unlimited play, between Friday to Sunday Only.

Ka’anapali Golf

Royal Ka’anapali
#15 Golfweek, #18 Golf Magazine
● Golf Boards available

Ka’anapali Kai

Royal Ka’anapali Rate
Resort Guests $169
Regular $255
Twilight (1pm) $129

Ka’anapali Kai Rate
Resort Guests $129
Regular $205
Twilight (1pm) $99

Packages Rate
1 Round on Each $289
3 Rounds $429

Upcountry Maui

Pukalani Country Club
http://www.pukalanigolf.com/

Course Rate 12:00-2:30pm
Pukalani CC $63 $53

$45 on Thursdays

Central Maui

Kahili Golf
http://www.kahiligolf.com/

Kahili Golf Course
#19 in Golf Magazine

Course Rate 1:00 PM
Kahili Golf Course $95 $85

KAHILI MAHALO PACKAGE
1 ROUND at KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUB (Private Club) + 2 ROUNDS at KAHILI GOLF COURSE

The Dunes at Maui Lani

Deal Rate
In House Special $89
Special Morning Rate $75
Special Twilight Rate $65
Same Day Replay $25

The King Kamehameha Golf Club
http://www.kamehamehagolf.com/

Private club, “Guest for the day” is $205.

County of Maui Waiehu Golf Course
http://www.co.maui.hi.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Waiehu-Golf-Course-157

Deal Rate
Weekday $40
Weekend $45

South Maui

Wailea Golf (54 holes)

Wailea (Gold)
#13 Golf Digest, #7 Golfweek, #6 Golf magazine
Wailea (Emerald)
#12 Golf Magazine
Wailea (Blue)

Gold & Emerald Course

Course AM 12:00 PM
Wailea Resort Guests $180 $145
Maui Resort Guests $190 $145
General Public $240 $145

Blue Course

Course A.M. 12:00 PM 2:00 PM
Wailea Resort Guests $150 $120 $99
Maui Resort Guests $160 $120 $99
General Public $190 $120 $99

$465 for 3-day unlimited play
$399 for one round at each course at 10am

Kaua’i

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North Shore

Princeville Golf (27 holes)
http://www.makaigolf.com/index.php

Makai Golf Course
#10 Golf Digest, #5 Golfweek, #5 Golf Magazine
● Golf Boards available.

Woods Course
• 9 hole course, $55

Deal Rate
Rack Rate $275
Resort Rate $205

$484 for 3 days of unlimited golf

East Side

Wailua Municipal Golf Course
http://www.kauai.gov/Golf

Deal Rate
Weekday $48.00
Weekend/Holiday $60.00
2:00pm Twlight 1/2 of Rate

South Shore

Poipu Bay Golf Course

#14 Golf Digest, #9 Golf Magazine
• Aeration on September 26th
Deal Rates
Standard $250
Grand Hyatt Guest $180
After 11am $170
After 1pm $135

3 round package - $440 (Grand Hyatt Guests: $382)
Second Round Special - $130.00

Kiahuna Golf Club
http://kiahunagolf.com/

Deal Rates
18 Holes $75
Twilight 4PM-7PM $50

Kukuiolono Golf Course

• 9 hole course, 2981 from the longest tees

Lihue

The Ocean Course at Hokuala
https://www.hokualakauai.com

#10 Golfweek, #8 Golf Magazine
• Golf Boards available.

Deal Rate
Before Noon $205
After Noon $135

Puakea Golf Course

#15 Golf Magazine

Deal Rate
Before 11am $85
After 11am $65
After 3pm or 9 holes anytime $45

Oahu

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North Shore

Kahuku Golf Course
http://www.honolulu.gov/des/golf/kahuku.html

• 9 hole no-frills course

Turtle Bay Resort (36 holes)

Arnold Palmer Course
#11 Golf Digest, #6 Golfweek, #10 Golf Magazine
George Fazio Course

Palmer Peak 1:00PM
Guests $155 $110
Regular $185 $110
Replay $45 $45

Palmer Peak 1:00PM
Guests 105 75
Regular 115 75
Replay 35 35

• 2nd 18 for other course is replay rate
• $337.50 for 3 Days of unlimited golf

Windward Coast

Bay View Golf Park
http://bayviewgolfcourse.us/

Weekday	Weekend

9 Holes $21 $29
18 Holes $29 $37

• Offer foot golf. $11 for 9 holes.

Koolau Golf Club
http://www.koolaugolfclub.com/

#12 Golfweek, #11 Golf Magazine

Deal Rate
Peak $145
12:00pm $110
3:00pm $55

• $25 replay
• $299 for 7 day unlimited play

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
https://www.pacificlinks.com/royalhawaiian

Deal Rate
Peak $125
1:30pm $85
3:30pm $50

• Pete Dye golf course, newly renovated.

Olomana Golf Club
www.pacificlinks.com/olomana

Pali Golf Course
http://www.honolulu.gov/des/golf/pali.html

• 18 hole muni course

Honolulu

Ala Wai Golf Club
http://www.honolulu.gov/des/golf/alawai.html

• 18 hole muni course

Hawaii Kai Golf Course (36 holes)
http://www.hawaiikaigolf.com/

Championship Course
Executive Course

Championship Rate
Peak $115
1:00PM $70

Executive Rate
Weekday $43
Weekend $48

Moanalua Golf Club

• 9 hole, 3000 yard course

Central

Hawaii Country Club
http://www.hawaiicc.com/

• 18 hole, 5,900 yard course.

Mililani Golf Course
http://www.mililanigolf.com/

Deals Weekday Weekend
Visitor $105 $105
11:00 AM $75 $75

Pearl Country Club
www.pearlcc.com

Deals Weekday
Visitor $116
12:00pm $88

Royal Kunia Country Club
https://www.royalkuniacc.com

Deals Weekday
Visitor $150
12:00pm $100

• Golf Now Hot Deals Available

Ted Makalena Golf Course
http://www.honolulu.gov/des/golf/makalena.html

• 18 hole, 5,976 yard course

Waikele Country Club
http://www.golfwaikele.com/

Deals Weekday
Visitor $160
12:00pm $100

Leeward Coast

Coral Creek Golf Course
http://www.coralcreekgolfhawaii.com/CoralCreek.golf

Deals Weekday
Peak $140
12:00 PM $80

Ewa Beach Golf Club

Deals Weekday
Visitor $160
12:30 PM $115

Ewa Villages Golf Course
http://www.honolulu.gov/des/golf/ewa.html

• 18 hole, 6,455 yard course

Hawaii Prince Golf Club (27 holes)
http://www.princeresortshawaii.com/hawaii-prince-hotel-waikiki/waikiki-oahu-golf.php

Deals Guest Regular
Peak $115 $160
11:30 PM $99 $160
2:30 PM $65 $79

Kapolei Golf Course
http://www.kapoleigolf.com/
Deal Rate
Peak $185
1:00 PM $120
Replay $12

Ko Olina Golf Club
http://www.koolinagolf.com/

#14 Golfweek
• Home of the LOTTE Championship

Deal Regular Guest
Standard $210 $185
1:00 PM $145 $145
Replay $95 $95
2 Round Special $330 $330
2 Round Twilight $250 $250

Makaha Valley Country Club
https://www.pacificlinks.com/makahaeast

Deals Rate
Peak $90
1:00 PM $65

West Loch Golf Course
http://www.honolulu.gov/des/golf/westloch.html

• 18 hole, 6,355 yard muni.

Hawai’i Island

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Kau

Sea Mountain Golf Course
http://www.hawaiigolf.com/courses/pahala/sea-mountain-gc/

Deal Rate
Weekday $47
Weekend $50

Volcano Golf & Country Club
http://www.volcanogolfshop.com/HomeSite/TheGolfCourse.htm

Deal Rate
Morning $63

Hamakua

Hamakua Country Club
http://hamakuagolf.com/

Deal Rate
Unlimited Play $15

Kona

Big Island Country Club
http://www.bigislandcountryclub.com/home.html

Deal Rate
AM $66
Twilight (12pm) $54

Hualalai Golf Club
http://www.hualalairesort.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/ig.page/CategoryID/264

#12 Golf Digest, #8 Golfweek, #7 Golf Magazine
• Home to the Mitsubishi Electric Championship
• Golf Boards are available for $50

Deal Rate
Peak $295
Twilight (2pm) $290
Replay $50

Makalei Golf Club
http://www.makalei.com/

Deal Rates
Peak $99
Twilight (12pm) $79
Closing (2pm) $39

North Kohala

Hapuna Golf Course

• Aeration is September 20-21
• Golf Board available for $35

Deal Rate
Guest $140
Outside Play $160
Twilight Rate $85
Replay Rate $50

• $400 for 2 rounds at Hapuna and 1 round at Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea Golf Course
http://www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-golf-course/index.php

#5 Golf Digest, #3 Golfweek, #3 Golf Magazine
• Golf Boards available for $35

Deal Rate
Hotel Guest $235
Outside Play $275
AM Twilight $185
Twilight $165
Replay Rate $125

Kohala Coast

Mauna Lani Resort (36 holes)
http://www.maunalani.com/golf

North Course
#13 Golfweek, #13 Golf Magazine

South Course
#14 Golf Magazine

Guests Rate
7am - 10am $160
10am - 12noon $150
After 12noon $125

Regular Rate
7am - 10am $225
10am - 12noon $185
After 12noon $145

Waikoloa Beach Resort (36 holes)
www.waikoloabeachgolf.com

Beach Course

Kings’ Course
#17 Golf Magazine

Guest Rate
7:00 - 11:00 a.m $145
After 11:00 a.m. $120
After 12:30 p.m. $110
After 1:30 p.m. $95
After 2:30 p.m. $75
Replay $55

Regular Rate
7:00 - 9:00 a.m $180
After 9:00 a.m. $145
After 11:00 a.m. $125
After 12:30 p.m. $115
After 1:30 p.m. $95
After 2:30 p.m. $75
Replay $55

SUMMER TWILIGHT SPECIAL
• After 2:30 p.m. on the Beach or Kings’ Course
• Play as many holes as you can before 6:30 p.m.
• $75 per person

MULTIPLE ROUND PACKAGES
• Two 18-Hole Rounds $218 save up to $152 per person
• Three 18-Hole Rounds $299 save up to $256 per person
• Four 18-Hole Rounds $375 save up to $365 per person

Waikoloa Village Golf Club
http://www.waikoloavillagegolf.com/

Deal Rate
Regular $85
Twilight $75

Hilo

Hilo Municipal Golf Course
http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-golf/

Naniloa Country Club

• 9 hole course. Par 35 that is 2,875 yards.

Hawaii Golf Course Rankings

Golf Digest

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Golfweek Magazine

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Golf Magazine

  1. Kapalua (Plantation), Maui
  2. The Prince at Princeville, Kauai
  3. Mauna Kea, Big Island
  4. The Challenge at Manele, Lana’i
  5. Princeville Makai, Kauai
  6. Wailea (Gold), Maui
  7. Four Seasons Hualalai (Nicklaus), Big Island
  8. Kauai Lagoons, Kauai
  9. Poipu Bay, Kauai
  10. Turtle Bay (Palmer), Oahu
  11. Koolau, Oahu
  12. Wailea (Emerald), Maui
  13. Mauna Lani (North), Big Island
  14. Mauna Lani (South), Big Island
  15. Puakea, Kauai
  16. Kapalua (Bay), Maui
  17. Waikoloa (Kings), Big Island
  18. Royal Kaanapali (North), Maui
  19. Kahili, Maui
  20. Mauna Kea (Hapuna), Big Island