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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 world and national rankings if more raters were able to get a game there.

Our Hawaii Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2020. 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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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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Manele

3rd 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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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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Kuki'o

5th 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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Kukui'ula

6th 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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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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Kohanaiki

8th 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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Poipu Bay

9th Hawaii - Best in Area

Poipu Bay Golf Club hosted the end of season Grand Slam of Golf tournament from 1994 to 2006 before it moved to Bermuda.

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Hualalai (Ke‘olu)

10th Hawaii - Best in Area

Set out on the Big Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast, the private Ke‘olu is a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course that's one of two 18-hole layouts to be found at the Hualalai resort.

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Hawaii Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Peter Wood Courses Played 22
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 17
3 David Harak Courses Played 16
4 Mark White Courses Played 15
= keith burdette Courses Played 15
6 Derek Long Courses Played 12
= Gary Colip Courses Played 12
8 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 11
= Kenichiro Oda Courses Played 11
10 Bill Mazzetti Courses Played 10