Best Golf Courses In Hawaii

Best Hawaii Golf Courses

Ocean. Mountains. Beach. Desert. Rainforest. Weather. Bucket list. It’s Hawaii. It’s amazing. And it’s waiting for your best shot. With a landscape unlike any other place in the world, Hawaii has long been a haven for golf course architects, and the only real negative for golfers is that there might be too many amazing courses to play in a single trip. Truth be told, you really can’t go wrong planning a golf trip to the Aloha State… especially if you’re teeing it up at one of the top ten courses in Hawaii that now offer extended booking windows.
Turtle Bay Resort - Palmer Course
  • Kahuku, Hawaii
  • Making use of the bountiful Hawaiian landscape, the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort takes golfers on a journey through the two dominant settings found on Oahu: dense woodlands and tropical beaches. The Palmer Course, set adjacent to the George Fazio Course, masterfully combines a wide-open, links-style layout on the front nine with a back nine that meanders through a tropic jungle before culminating with a seaside green and stunning vista of the Pacific Ocean.
Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
  • Kailua, Hawaii
  • Set deep in the middle of a lush, tropical jungle, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club is highlighted by towering palms and clear-water streams that evoke the feeling of playing in a Jurassic Era setting. Co-designed by Perry and Pete Dye and later redesigned by Greg Norman, Royal Hawaiian transports golfers back in time to a verdant paradise that even a few real-life bogeys can’t disturb.
Hapuna Golf Course
  • Waimea, Hawaii
  • With incredible Pacific Ocean views on every single hole, Hapuna Golf Course is an Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay co-design that epitomizes everything that is great about oceanside golf. Featuring seemingly limitless views, Hapuna challenges even the most dedicated golfers to maintain focus on the round rather than getting lost gazing at beauty that encompasses the Big Island.
Princeville Makai Golf Club - Makai Course
  • Princeville, Hawaii
  • Embracing the natural beauty of Kauai, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. delicately crafted the layout of the Makai Course at the Princeville Makai Golf Club to preserve the rugged coastlines and dense tropical forests of the island. Featuring five stimulating oceanfront holes, the Makai Course boasts what Hawaii is known best for: endless ocean views with magnificent mountains in the distance.
Kapolei Golf Club
  • Kapolei, Hawaii
  • While most courses in Hawaii use the ocean to create impressive backdrops, Kapolei Golf Club boasts an exciting layout brilliantly routed around five extraordinary lakes. Known for his clever use of water features, designer Ted Robinson demonstrates his craft perfectly in Kapolei by creating a challenging, thinking man’s track that’s tough enough for the pros but playable enough for average Joes.
Ko’olau Golf Club
  • Kaneohe, Hawaii
  • Considered one of the most dramatic golf settings in Hawaii, Ko’olau Golf Club is carefully carved out of a tropical rainforest on the side of the 2,000-foot Ko’olau Ridge mountain range. Designed by Dick Nugent, Ko’olau’s lengthy layout effortlessly meshes with the striking landscape that features drastic elevation changes to create over 7,300 yards of bucket-list golf.
Ocean Course at Hokuala
  • Lihue, Hawaii
  • Famous for having the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes in Hawaii, the Ocean Course at Hokuala has been called one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Ocean Course meanders through mango and guava groves before reaching the stunning closing stretch of holes on the ocean that will make golfers wish that the round was never ending.
Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course
  • Koloa, Hawaii
  • Set on 210 oceanfront acres perched eight stories above the Pacific Ocean, Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course was carefully designed on a natural rolling plateau by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. while keeping intact ancient artifacts dating back over 500 years. Unlike any course you’ll ever play, Poipu Bay offers players the perfect synthesis of natural, rugged beauty and pristine playing surfaces.
Mauna Kea Golf Course
  • Waimea, Hawaii
  • Built on what was once a black lava field, Mauna Kea Golf Course transformed the coastline of Waimea into a beautiful golf setting. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and later renovated by his son Rees Jones, Mauna Kea is draped across spectacular seaside cliffs and accompanied by prevailing coastal winds that provide an exciting challenge, especially on the epic par 3, 3rd hole that requires an over-the-ocean tee shot onto a precarious cliffside green.
Kapalua - Plantation Course
  • Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Famous for its constant elevation changes, prevailing winds and idyllic backdrop of the West Maui Mountains, Kapalua - Plantation Course, much like its sister the Bay Course, is one of the most recognizable golf courses in the world. Designed by the iconic duo of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the Plantation Course is a lengthy test that is partly compensated by downhill tee shots, and all you should know is that it’s even more fun to play than it is to watch on tv.
And since we had such hard time picking only 10 of the best courses in Hawaii, check out our list of hidden gems in Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Big Island to find more bucket list courses in the Aloha State.