Top 100 Golf Courses - Hawaii

Princeville (Makai)

21st Hawaii - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed the 18-hole Makai course at Princeville's Makai Golf Club and he returned to renovate the layout before its grand reopening in 2010.


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Hokuala (Ocean)

22nd Hawaii - Best in Area

First set out by Jack Nicklaus within a 36-hole golf facility known as Kauai Lagoons Golf Club in the late 1980s, the remodelled Ocean course at the Hōkūala resort winds through mango and guava groves on a dramatic clifftop property.


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Waikoloa Beach (King's)

23rd Hawaii - Best in Area

The Waikoloa Beach Resort is a 36-hole facility, featuring Robert Trent Jones Jnr’s 18-hole Beach layout and the newer King’s course, which is a Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish co-design located further inland and on higher ground.

Mauna Lani (South)

24th Hawaii - Best in Area

Golfers who remember watching the televised Senior Skins Game at this venue during the 1990s will know just how spectacular the South course at Mauna Lani Resort really is.


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Kapalua (Bay)

25th Hawaii - Best in Area

Kapalua Resort once boasted three 18-hole courses but it’s now reduced to two layouts – the Plantation course which hosts the annual Tour of Champions event and the older Bay course that Arnold Palmer and Frank Duane designed back in 1974.


26th Hawaii - Best in Area

Dick Nugent built the course at Ko’olau Golf Club in 1992 and it’s a formidable test, even from the resort tees. Hewn from the tropical rain forest beside the towering Koolau Ridge mountain range, this layout offers a stiff challenge at each and every hole on the card.


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27th Hawaii - Best in Area

Originally established as a 9-holer on an old sugar cane plantation, the course at Puakea Golf Club was extensively redesigned and extended by Robin Nelson before it re-opened to the public as a daily fee facility in 2003.


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28th Hawaii - Best in Area

Designed by Ted Robinson Sr. and opened for play in 1995, Kapolei Golf Club is set on the island of Oahu and was host venue for the Ladies Hawaiian Open and the Senior Tour's Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.

Ko Olina

29th Hawaii - Best in Area

Located on the southwestern edge of Oahu, Ko Olina Golf Club has hosted the LOTTE Championship since this ladies tournament was inaugurated on the LPGA Tour in 2012. The female professionals compete on a Ted Robinson course that first opened for play in 1990.

Ka'anapali (Royal Ka'anapali)

30th Hawaii - Best in Area

The older of two 18-hole courses at the Ka'anapali Golf Resort, the Royal Ka'anapali layout was Robert Trent Jones Snr’s first Hawaiian design back in 1962.


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Rank Name Courses reviewed
1 M. James Ward Courses Reviewed 6
2 Peter Wood Courses Reviewed 5
3 Zachary Courses Reviewed 5
4 Colin Braithwaite Courses Reviewed 4
5 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Reviewed 3
6 JAS964 Courses Reviewed 2
7 Larry Berle Courses Reviewed 2
8 Robert Ruchinskas Courses Reviewed 2
9 Brian LaBardi Courses Reviewed 2
10 regripped Courses Reviewed 2