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Golf on Molokai: Experience Hawaii at its most scenic

William K. WolfrumBy William K. Wolfrum,
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Kaluakoi Golf Course gives Molokai a scenic Ted Robinson Sr.-designed run. (Courtesy Molokai Ranch)

If there is one thing you can say about traveling golfers, it's this: If there's golf to be played somewhere, they'll find it. Such is the case with the Hawaiian island of Molokai.

Home to the world's tallest sea cliffs, Molokai is an island that needs to be experienced rather than just visited. Even the most hard-core golfers will forget about their clubs on a trip to Molokai, where the main attraction is the lush Hawaiian landscape and culture.

From Hawaii's longest white-sand beach on the west of the island, to coconut groves in the middle, to the early settlements on the east, Molokai is an island that simultaneously presents you with what is new and modern about Hawaii and everything that the islands once were.

And the fact is, with Kaluakoi Golf Course, you can not only enjoy the majesty of this beautiful island, but you can also fit in 18 holes.

Molokai hotels and more

A stay at the Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch gives travelers a truly extraordinary Hawaiian experience. Sitting in the center or 65,000 acres of a lush and pristine location that showcases the coastline, the Molokai Ranch is truly a family-friendly resort that will have travelers dancing the hula, dining on roasted pig and enjoying the best of this scenic island.

Though the island is known for its ecotourism, there are activities aplenty for those who make Molokai their Hawaiian vacation destination. Mountain biking, trail riding, canoeing, Hawaiian cultural tours and walks, equestrian activities and countless water activities like snorkeling and diving will have visitors of all ages dazzled by this immaculate island.

Hawaiian golf on scenic Molokai

Contrary to some reports, a trip to Molokai by no means leaving your golf clubs at home, as Kaluakoi Golf Course combines the beauty of Hawaii with a Ted Robinson Sr.-designed challenge for golfers - and at a surprisingly low price.

"The best kept golf secret in Hawaii is on Molokai and unlike most courses in Hawaii that punish mainlanders with outrageous greens fees, these guys get it," TravelGolf.com reader Tom Zobrist wrote. "$55 per round with cart. Not only that, but the people on Molokai are the nicest people in Hawaii."

Recently refurbished, Kaluakoi is an 18-hole par-72 run located just 10 minutes away from Molokai Ranch. Brilliant ocean views and island vegetation will be your companions at Kaluakoi, which measures out to more than 6,500 yards from the back tees and a respectable 129-slope rating, with the dazzling third hole - which was voted as the third "Most Thrilling Hole in Hawaii" by the Seattle Post Intelligencer - a 184-yard par-3 that will have you reaching for your camera as well as the right iron.

"Hole No. 3 is so scenic and beautiful, it's been the scene of a few marriage proposals," said TravelGolf.com reader Alfredo Villegas. "Two of my favorite features of this challenging course are the occasional wild turkey or deer that cross your path and that it's on Molokai."

So remember, if you're looking for a unique Hawaiian adventure, ask your golf packager about setting aside some quality time in Molokai. And don't forget your golf clubs.

William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.

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  • Great Course and Great Island

    Tim Andrews wrote on: Aug 8, 2007

    My wife and I just returned from our 4th trip to Molokai in 3 years. We love the island and the getaway that it offers from the rest of Hawaii. Although Molokai isn't as polished as Maui or Kauai, it still offers plenty of relaxation and the golf course is just fine. 15 holes have ocean views and the front 9 are in stark contrast to the back 9, allowing for players with various skill levels to show their strenghth.
    This course is a diamond in the rough, and I'm thrilled that it's finally getting some airtime.
    There's another course in the hills above a coffee plantation that is a real fun play. 9 holes of rolling fairways and great views.
    The people on Molokai are generally friendly; the lack of bulk tourism means some of the folks are a bit narrow-minded, but there are plenty of people on Molokai who welcome outsiders and make it a great place to visit.


  • Molokai

    Penelope Spiller wrote on: Aug 8, 2007

    When the Molokai Ranch steal water from the Native Hawaiians to water their golf course while leaving the Kaluakoi hotel in shambles, the public should be warned that they are contributing to the problems for the Native People and the local residents which have been caused by the greed of foriegn developers and a long period of drought. Take your clubs elsewhere. Our courses cannot be as lush and green as elsewhere. Molokai wishes to keep its secrets to itself.