In the Hawaiian Islands you will find some of the most scenic and beautiful golf courses ever conceived. The Island of Hawaii has golf courses on both the Kona and Hilo areas serving both residents and visitors alike. With planning a day trip across the island can extend your vacation golfing possibilities. Each course has its own flavor and appeal, and all have unique environments incorporating beautiful views and tropical scenery through out their design. Famous tournaments have taken place on some, while others are off the radar gems that provide great relaxing play away from the pressure of the more prestigious resort oriented clubs.
Highlights: With many world-class courses all within a short drive, featuring our tropical weather, Hawaii is a golfer's paradise with year round playability.
Activity Level: Moderate to strenuous. Best to come with previous golf experience courses are well designed and often difficult for the beginner to play.
Options: Fly here with your clubs or rent them for a day. Most courses have name brand rentals on-site available for your round.
Hazards: The courses on Hawaii have a good deal of slope, as well as sun exposure. Stay on course, as out of bounds in Hawaii often means lava, drop offs, thick vegetation, and possible hidden hazards.
Price Range: $35 to $350 per round, including applicable club rental, greens, and cart fees.
The truth is you could build an entire vacation out of golfing on the Big Island. For the avid golfer, there are several championship courses designed by famed architects, and for the vacationing golfer there are many courses with spectacular scenery that are spread out along beautiful ocean views. You will find that the play here is relaxed and you will often be teamed up with other visitors enjoying a game during their vacations. Many local pro shops have name brand club rentals and gear available so that you need not even bring your clubs on the airplane, most courses have on-site rentals as well.
The various regions of the islands host different course environments, from hot and dry coastal courses of the "Kona side", to the cool and moist conditions on the windward "Hilo side", you can customize your playing conditions by the region you choose. Regardless of location, all are striving for the highest quality golfing experience that they can create, hoping to draw visitors to play a round during their Hawaiian vacation.
Each course has its' nuances of weather. Wind is your main constant in the mid-day, often game play early or late in the day allows you to enjoy less windy conditions. Visiting the website for your respective course and reading up on the weather is a great way to plan your tee time for best play. In the islands early tee times are less hot and windy, but this is considered "peak" so you will pay the highest green fees of the day.