Golfing on the Big Island
Golfers have some really good options on the Big Island.
Interesting courses can be found on both the windward (Kona) and leeward (Hilo, volcanoes) sides of the island and both on the coast and on the volcanic slopes. Some of these courses are real marvels, carved as they were from what was difficult lava terrain. You can expect to pay some hefty green fees at the resorts around Kona and Waikoloa, but elsewhere, most are relative bargains! The listings here are organized by windward and leeward island locations.
A great way to cool off after a game of golf, a hot hike, or a strenuous shopping expedition is to treat yourself to some Hawaiian shaved ice. Basically, this treat is a snow cone made with very thin (shaved) ice. There are usually dozens of traditional and exotic flavors to choose from, including passion fruit, bubblegum, coconut, and banana.
Windward and Waimea
Kona Country Club: Two courses, the “Ocean” and “Ali‘i” in a 36-hole configuration. email@example.com
Big Island Country Club: 18 holes on the slopes above Kona. 325-5044
Makalei Hawaii Country Club: 18-hole public course. 325-6625
Hualalai Golf Club: 18 championship holes. www.fourseasons.com
Waikoloa Beach Resort: Two 18-hole challenges: the Kings Course and the Beach Course. firstname.lastname@example.org
Waikoloa Village Golf Course: 18 holes located upcountry with great ocean views. 883-9621
Hapuna Golf Course: Located on the Kohala Coast near the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. www.princeresortshawaii.com
Mauna Lani Resort Golf Courses: Two 18-hole courses, the North and the South. 885-6655
Waimea Country Club: 18 holes in cattle country! email@example.com
When most people think of a Hawaiian lei, they probably envision a circle of beautiful plumerias or orchids. But Hawaiian leis can be made of such things as nuts and seeds, shells and leaves, or from plants not usually associated with Hawaii, such as carnations. Some beautiful leis are not necklaces but garlands that can be draped around the shoulders or worn like crowns.
Discovery Harbor Golf & Country Club: 18 inexpensive holes at the southern end of the island. 929-7353
Seamountain Golf Course: 18 holes on the leeward coast. 928-6222
Volcano Golf & Country Club: Located on the edge of a live volcano! www.volcanogolfshop.com
County of Hawaii Golf Course: Public course, 18 holes. 959-7711
Naniloa Golf Club: 9 holes in Hilo. 935-3000
Hamakua Country Club: 9 inexpensive holes. 775-7244