Hawaii

The Aloha State of Hawaii comprises of hundreds of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean situated around 2,000 miles to the southwest of the North American continent. The 50th state to be admitted to the Union in 1959, Hawaii has since capitalised on its diverse natural scenery and tropical climate by promoting itself as a popular tourist destination for visitors.

Two authorities, one for men and one for women, administer amateur golf in Hawaii. The Hawaii State Golf Association was formed in 1984 and it caters for male golfers in approximately 275 clubs who play out of around 100 courses. Ladies come under the stewardship of the Hawaii State Women’s Golf Association, founded in 2005.

Hawaii is also a starting point for the PGA Tour in January of every year when an exclusive field of tournament winners from the previous season tee it up at the Kapalua (Plantation) course. That event is followed a week later when a regular sized field competes for the Sony Open in Hawaii trophy at Waialae Country Club.

A Hawaiian course that only a select number of amateur or professional golfers ever manage to play is the very private David McLay Kidd layout at Nanea. Opened in 2003, it’s a world class design that would feature far higher in the rankings if more raters were able to get a game there.

Our Hawaii Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Hawaii

Nanea

1st Hawaii - Best in Area

Nanea Golf Club is so exclusive that it shuns publicity. The course was laid out on a thick lava mantle by David McLay Kidd with the heart of British seaside links at its roots.

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Description: Nanea Golf Club is so exclusive that it shuns publicity. The course was laid out on a thick lava mantle by David McLay Kidd with the heart of British seaside links at its roots. Rating: 6 out of 6

Kapalua (Plantation)

2nd Hawaii - Best in Area

Host to the annual Tournament of Champions, the Plantation course at the Kapalua Resort was fashioned around the closing hole, a 663-yard downhill and invariably downwind par five.

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Description: Host to the annual Tournament of Champions, the Plantation course at the Kapalua Resort was fashioned around the closing hole, a 663-yard downhill and invariably downwind par five. Rating: 5.6666666666667 out of 6

Princeville (Prince)

3rd Hawaii - Best in Area

The Prince course at Princeville is set on a huge 390-acre parcel of land which is elevated on a tropical basin featuring waterfalls, ravines and streams. It's an exciting and stimulating course.

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Description: The Prince course at Princeville is set on a huge 390-acre parcel of land which is elevated on a tropical basin featuring waterfalls, ravines and streams. It's an exciting and stimulating course. Rating: 4.75 out of 6

Mauna Kea

4th Hawaii - Best in Area

Mauna Kea's 3rd is one of the most photographed golf holes in the world where the pounding blue Pacific Ocean combines with black lava rock, blue sky and lush green turf to create a most vivid image.

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Description: Mauna Kea's 3rd is one of the most photographed golf holes in the world where the pounding blue Pacific Ocean combines with black lava rock, blue sky and lush green turf to create a most vivid image. Rating: 4 out of 6

Manele

5th Hawaii - Best in Area

Set out on old lava fields above Hulopo’e Bay, Manele Golf Course, formerly The Challenge at Manele, is a spectacular Jack Nicklaus course with fairways spread out along the southern cliffs of Lanai Island.

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Description: Set out on old lava fields above Hulopo’e Bay, Manele Golf Course, formerly The Challenge at Manele, is a spectacular Jack Nicklaus course with fairways spread out along the southern cliffs of Lanai Island. Rating: 6 out of 6

Kuki’o

6th Hawaii - Best in Area

Tom Fazio created his first Hawaiian course at Kuki’o Golf & Beach Club in 2003 and it occupies a coastal site that rises more than 400 feet in elevation from lowest to highest point.

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Hokuli'a

7th Hawaii - Best in Area

Nearly every hole of Jack’s Signature course at Hokuli’a provides breathtaking ocean views. “My first thought”, commented Nicklaus, “was, what a great location, beautiful views and windless.”

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Description: Nearly every hole of Jack’s Signature course at Hokuli’a provides breathtaking ocean views. “My first thought”, commented Nicklaus, “was, what a great location, beautiful views and windless.” Rating: 6 out of 6

Kukui'ula

8th Hawaii - Best in Area

Opened for play in 2010, the Kukui'ula golf course is a Tom Weiskopf design, where sand-capped Paspalum fairways are laid out within a 216-acre upmarket real estate development on the south coast of Kauai...

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Description: Opened for play in 2010, the Kukui'ula golf course is a Tom Weiskopf design, where sand-capped Paspalum fairways are laid out within a 216-acre upmarket real estate development on the south coast of Kauai... Rating: 5 out of 6

Kohanaiki

9th Hawaii - Best in Area

​Architect Rees Jones designed the layout at Kohanaiki Golf Club while renovating Mauna Kea in 2008, but adverse economic conditions delayed the opening for five years, before the course was finally unveiled.

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Hualalai (Ke‘olu)

10th Hawaii - Best in Area

Set out on the Big Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast, Ke‘olu is a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course that's one of two 18-hole layouts to be found at the Hualalai resort. It’s a private track reserved for members but the other Nicklaus designed course is open to resort guests.

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