Golf is a popular pastime in Hawaii, with the perfect weather and lots of lush courses available at various resorts and properties on all of the islands. With so many different courses to choose from that are surrounded by beautiful scenery including world-class beaches, it’s no surprise that Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations around the world. Here are ten of the best public golf courses in Hawaii that will make your next visit even more enjoyable.


Visit These Beautiful Public Golf Courses In Hawaii In 2017


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1. Kapalua Golf – The Plantation Course

This Maui golf course has been consistently ranked as the number one golf course in Hawaii, and is located on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, offering stunning ocean views from every hole. The 7,411 yard par 73 layout features dramatic elevation changes, offering plenty of downhill tee shots, making it idea for the seasoned pro and the average golfer.

Address: 2000 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina

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2. Mauna Kea Golf Course

Created on the grounds of a formerly black lava field, this award-winning golf course on the Big Island was created in 1964 and features elevated greens and coastal winds. Some holes play right alongside the ocean and even across from it.

Address: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea

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3. Manele Golf Course

Located on the island of Lanai, this 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is designed for players of all skill levels. Built on top of lava outcroppings, the course includes three-holes that are perched on cliffs, and off the course, players are offered complimentary access to the driving range and putting green.

Address: 1 Challenge Dr, Lanai City

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4. Princeville Makai Golf Course

Named among the top 100 greatest public courses in the world by Golf Digest, this Kauai course has undergone a $6 million renovation and includes five oceanfront holes. Other amenities include Sunset golf cart tours, sunrise yoga, and more.

Address: 4080 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville

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5. Kauai Lagoons

This championship 18-hole Kiele Course, a Jack Nicklaus signature design, is located on Kauai at the Marriott. Players enjoy access to mountain and ocean views with a stunning, scenic Hawaiian backdrop.

Address: 3325 Holokawelu Way, Lihue

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6. Poipu Bay Golf Course

A stunning golf course for players of all skill levels, this course was the site of the PGA Gtand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006. Amenities include an in-cart satellite navigation system, complimentary bottled water and cold, refreshing towels.

Address: 2250 Ainako St, Koloa

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7. Turtle Bay Palmer Course

Set in Hawaii’s famous North Shore, this is regarded as one of the best courses on Oahu and the course offers free shuttle service from Waikiki and 180 acres of golf. With 18 holes and 72 Par, the course includes a putting green, chipping area, bunkers and private practice area with target greens.

Address: 57 Kuilima Dr, Kahuku

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8. Wailea Golf Club

This course on the island of Maui has championship Gold, Emerald and Blue courses that offer outstanding ocean views from every hole. There is also an onsite golf shop, a driving range, locker rooms and 19th Hole options.

Address: 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea

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9. Puakea Golf Course

This fun course rides up, down and around deep ravines, offering players gorgeous pali views on three-quarters of the course and ocean views from the rest. Each hole is uniquely different, so as to constantly present new challenges.

Address: 4150 Nuhou St, Lihue

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10. Waikoloa

With two championship golf courses and a beautifully-appointed clubhouse, this world-class facility delivers outstanding amenities and an experience that any golf lover would covet. The Beach Course has amazing views and a classic resort layout, while the Kings’ Course has some of the best holes on the island and includes a lava field off the tee.

Address: 600 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa

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This article was written by Kamala Kirk.