Big Island Golf

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Big Island golf offers some of the world's most scenic courses and challenging play. For every level of skill, there is a course that will give visitors a chance to relax and enjoy breathtaking vistas, and absorb the laid-back island lifestyle. Your rental agent or travel planner can give you information on the various courses and which ones would suit you. The Big Island alone boasts over a dozen, some of which were professionally designed.

Big Island Golf--A Relaxed Adventure

Golf courses on the main island often take advantage of the mountainous highlands and difficult volcanic terrain. The famous Mauna Lani's South Course, for example, is home to Hole 15, the most photographed hole of golf in the world. Perched on the ocean's edge, these courses snake through the craggy lava fields and rolling highlands. Mauna Kea on the Kohala Coast was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and consistently ranks among the top ten courses in the world.

In general, there are three types of Big Island golf courses: private, semi-private and public. At public courses, such as the Hilo Municipal Golf Course, there are no restrictions on play and everyone is welcome. Semi-private courses, such as the ones at some resorts and country clubs, have some restrictions on play and are open to guests. Private courses such as Hokulia on the Kona Coast are open only to members. Tee times and costs vary, so when planning a golf trip in Hawaii, be sure to check out which courses fit into your budget and time frame.

Golf in Hawaii is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people. The awe-inspiring scenery is the perfect backdrop to a day spent relaxing with friends and family on some of the best courses in the world. Big Island golf has something for everyone to enjoy, so make room in your vacation itinerary for it. Your rental agent is a good resource for finding the ideal course for you.

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