The Picturesque Golf Courses of Hawaii
A look at the geography of Hawaii would reveal that it is a group of eight islands set apart at a substantial distance from each other that makes it the world’s longest island-chain, called the Hawaii Islands, which is around 1523 miles long.
Its setting in the middle of the Pacific ocean offers breathtaking scenery, which makes it a perfect golf heaven.
The Golf courses are spread out among all the islands and have a number of fairways with signature holes. This is one of the reasons that golf players account for the most of the visitors to Hawaii.
There are many unique layouts along the Hawaii’s distinct islands There are more than 70 amazing golf courses and you will be spoilt for choices as each one appears to be better than the other
Hawaii Island has an assortment of the finest independent golf courses. Most of the fairways are lush green and set among the black volcanic rock outcrop which gives it a unique blend. There are many such golf courses throughout the main Hawaii Island. The famous Kohala Coast resorts as well as the Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani courses have earned it the nickname of “The Golf Capital of Hawaii.”
Oahu boasts of almost 50 golf courses and presents an array of fee tracks that are independently operated and range from the simple par-3 courses to some of world’s most challenging golf layouts. Most of these are easily accessible while some operate on semi-private basis to some of the famous golf resorts associated with the PGA.
The Magic Isle of Maui is acknowledged for its beauty; which naturally transmits itself to its many golf courses. Maui consists of two distinct areas; one having all the accommodations and resorts and other where the golf resorts are located.
The bustling and whaling village of old Lahaina, in West Maui features Kapalua Resort and the Kaanapali Beach Resort, both with 36 holes while the South Maui is home to Wailea resort (54 holes) and Makena resort (36 holes). There are also four other courses located between Pukalani and Wailuku.
Kauai has nine courses and seven golf venues that range from the Kukuiolono’s 9-hole charming layout which has some most spectacular views to many other resort courses which have been hosts to LPGA and PGA events at some time or the other. There are three major resorts here: Princeville (45 holes) Kauai Lagoons (36 holes) and the Poipu Bay Golf (18-hole) along its southern coastline.
Lanai is famous for “Experience at Koele”; an 18-hole professional championship golf course conceived by the golfing legends Ted Robinson and Greg Norman. There is also the famous “Manele Golf-Course” created by Jack Nicklaus. Both these courses are amongst the best in the world.
The golf course on the laid-back island of Molokai is an unassuming yet historical 9-hole public fairway built way back in the 1928; what sets it apart is the fact that there is neither clubhouse nor any golf pros.