Hawaii Golf Vacation Guide

Hawaii Golf Vacation Guide

Hawaii's famously lush green mountains and coastal cliffs make it one of the most visually dramatic and unique golf destinations in the world. With a temperate island climate, it's golf season year round on the islands of aloha.

It's hard to go wrong when selecting an island for your Hawaii golf vacation, but - in terms of golf - not all islands are created equal. Be sure to look into each island's unique golf offerings before selecting. And always consider island hopping between two or more islands to get an idea of their unique assets.

Here's a glimpse into the golf scene on each of the Hawaiian Islands:

Oahu

Hawaii's most populous island, Oahu is home to more than one million residents. It's also where you'll find the most upbeat city life thanks to its large naval base and the Waikiki tourist district of Honolulu.

Oahu also has the most golf courses, mostly along the island's south coast. Golf courses run the gamut from $10 city courses to posh resorts like Ko Olina, Makaha Resort and Ko'Olau.

Maui

The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui has a smaller population than Oahu and offers a mix of nightlife, activities and natural beauty. There are more than 80 beaches here on 150 miles of coastline littered in busy tourist districts on the west side to smaller, quieter villages to the east.

Kapalua Golf Resort is home to the PGA Tour's Mercedes Championship, while other courses like Wailea Golf Club, Makena and Ka'anapali make for plenty of world class golf on this island alone.

Big Island

The Big Island (or Hawaii Island) is the most unique of the Hawaiian islands topographically, made up of five giant shield volcanos and is home to its famous black sand beaches. As the name implies, its twice as big as the rest of the islands combined, though its population is only about 150,000 people.

Its spectacular golf is set mostly on the island's northwest coast and is highlighted by Mauna Kea, Waikoloa Beach and Hapuna that are accented with black, volcanic rock.

Kauai

Kauai is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is far less populous and built up compared to Oahu and Maui. It's the oldest geographically and features some of the most stunning mountain landscape - as well as one of the world's wettest spots, Mount Wai'ale'ale. It's rain forests and waterfalls - along with secluded beaches make the island a favorite for Hollywood film crews, including Jurassic Park and Blue Hawaii.

There are nine courses here, anchored by three world-class resorts. The Princeville Resort features two golf courses, including many regard as Hawaii's best, The Prince Course. Poipu Bay was a host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994-2006, and Kauai Lagoons, though under renovation until 2009, features a beautiful back nine stretch of holes hugging the ocean.

Molokai

Boasting itself as "old Hawaii", the small island Molokai boasts a rural vibe with no traffic lights, strip malls or burger joints. It's also home to the world's tallest sea cliffs. There are only 27 holes here: Kaluakoi Golf Course is a stunning 18-hole design, while historic local muni Ironwood Hills Golf Club makes for a good place to take the whole family for a quick round.

Lanai

The tiny island of Lanai, also known as the "Pineapple Island" for its history as a island-wide pineapple plantation is just a short ferry ride from Maui. It is home to two Four Seasons Resorts, a hotel and two golf courses, Greg Norman's Challenge at Manele Bay and Jack Nicklaus' Experience at Koele.

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Kohala Coast Golf Package
Dates: January 1, 2014 - December 20, 2014
Play five rounds at two of the best courses in Hawaii for one great price. The package includes two 18-hole rounds at Mauna Kea Golf Course and three 18-hole rounds at Hapuna Golf Course, starting from $500 per person.
Price range: $500
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