Most Challenging Hawaii Golf Courses

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Vantage points on the golf course naturally enhance the play in Hawaii. Islands in the distance, or mountains and miles of ocean embrace perfect greens. Challenging golf courses are what golfers strive for and Hawaii’s are the best in the world for setting and level of difficulty.

Oahu’s Koolau Golf Club in Kanoehe, with rainforests, waterfalls and ravines, ranks as one of the world’s most challenging golf courses. The wildly adventurous course is 200 acres of a 1,500 acre jungle on the windward side of of the 2,000-foot Ko’olau Ridge mountain range. Koolau Golf Course is a par 72 and the course record is 67 and its scope ranges through three distinct climate zones.

Luana Hills Country Club is another challenging Oahu golf course in Maunawili Valley in Kailua. The welcome task of playing an arduous round is an adventure, from rainforest to the railroad ties on this par 72 course.
While if offers all the amenities golfers expect, including a clubhouse, driving range and practice greens, it also gives a feeling of primitive, ancient Hawaii.

Planning a golf vacation to the Island of Oahu? Stay nearby in one of our Kailua vacation rentals.

Check out our Waikoloa vacation rentals located nearby the Volcano Golf and Country Club.

Volcano Golf and Country Club in Waikoloa is an exciting distance, just one mile from Kilauea Volcano and Halemaumau Crater, for which the rugged landscape is enough of an indication of degree of difficulty. The course is the oldest on Big Island and is at an elevation of 4,200 feet. Snowcapped in winter, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea dot the distance. The most difficult hole is #15, with a 425-yard par 4.

Prince Golf Course is another Hawaiian golf course offering magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. While the tranquil beauty emanates from every turn, it also exudes challenge. The course closed for renovations in January 2011 and reopens summer 2011. The jungle, streams, ravines and waterfall are a contrast to the pristine royalty for which the course was named, Prince Albert, son of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. Notable holes, #7, #10 and #12 will test a golfer’s skill.

Stay in one of our Princeville vacation rentals on the island of Kauai.

Home to multiple men’s and women’s tournaments, Kaanapali Golf Resort is two championship courses. Lush fairways, idyllic weather and rich blues and greens beckon golfers seeking the challenges to test their skill. After a day of tough play, settle in with a well-deserved cold drink and mixed plate. Resort guests receive a considerable discount.

Also, take a look at our Kaanapali vacation rentals for your stay on Maui.