The Big Island’s resorts have become a playground for the ultra-wealthy with their picturesque championship courses. The unique terrain of the Island offers an exhilarating day of golfing accompanied by dramatic ocean views for a true Hawaiian golf experience. With world renowned courses such as Hualalai Resort’s 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, it’s no wonder the world’s most affluent and avid golfers are scoring their next hole-in-one on the Big Island. Explore our list below of the most impressive golf courses in Hualalai, Kukio, Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani.
There’s no shortage of golf and luxurious amenities when at the prestigious Hualalai Resort. Its two golf courses elevate Hualalai to the status of one of the elite golf resorts in world. There’s plenty of options for those who seek to live within the resort ranging from a sophisticated villa to a spacious open-concept home.
Jack Nicklaus Signature Course
The Jack Nicklaus flawlessly groomed course was Nicklaus’ first design in the state of Hawaii and is available exclusively to resort guests. It begins in a lush oasis which flows across the vivid green fairways beautifully contrasting with black lava. The course winds for over 7,100 yards and presents a unique landscape granting dramatic ocean views. With the ultimate enjoyable experience in mind, there’s an air-conditioned comfort station at the ninth hole. Caddies are available and GPS technology has been added for those who seek the latest in golfing tech.
Tom Weiskopf designed Ke‘olu Golf Course
The Ke’Olu course is a masterpiece that truly embraces a challenging and beautiful undulating terrain. The course hosts natural dramatic terrain ranging from lava landscapes to cave making this one of the more difficult courses. The design of the course displays immaculate attention to details. The greens are planted with TifEagle, which generate a better putting surface with less grain. The sand for the bunkers is an imported custom-made blend selected for its consistency, playability, and color. The Ke’Olu course is ideal for those who seek the reward of a proper challenge in a picturesque setting with panoramic ocean views.
Kukio is the crowning jewel of the Kona coast with privacy and exclusivity at the forefront. Residences such as this Kukio home, strategically located barely a few steps from the beach and club, are a perfect example of the beauty and sophisticated amenities Kukio has to offer. Home owners have the chance to become a member of the renowned Kukio Golf and Beach Club which features Tom Fazio designed golf courses, a beach bar, dining pavilion, water sports center, and indoor/outdoor spa. In addition to the vast amount of amenities offered, the community features its signature Outdoor Pursuits Program to further enhance residents’ experiences.
The Tom Fazio designed Kukio Championship Golf Course
The Kukio Championship Golf Course hosts eighteen holes with captivating views of both the Kona and Kohala Coast. The course offers players a excitingly challenging experience as it flows through multiple diverse natural zones with the blue Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. To ensure the course stays in peak condition, the resort uses state-of-the-at irrigation technology and equipment. Kukio is also home to the only Tom Fazio designed courses in the state of Hawaii.
Tom Fazio designed 10-Hole Golf Course
The 10-Hole Short Course near the Beach Club has a variety of practice areas and challenging short holes. Designed by the distinguished golf course designer Tom Fazio, the short course offers seven par three and four par four holes.
Mauna Kea Resort
The Mauna Kea Resort has some of the most desirable properties on the Big Island such as our exclusive listing featuring a Mark de Reus designed home within the resort. With award-winning golf courses as one of the many sophisticated amenities, Mauna Kea has become one of the most prestigious addresses in Hawaii. Home owners have access to white sand beaches and also have the opportunity to become a club member to take advantage of a plethora of sophisticated amenities.
The Robert Trent Jones, Jr Golf Course
The Robert Trent Jones, Jr golf course at the resort was recently named #1 golf course on the Big Island and #12 overall in the Top 100 by Golf Magazine making the course a benchmark for all other courses in Hawaii. The lush elevated fairways flow across seaside cliffs and demand accuracy with the prevailing coastal winds. The dramatic coastal views and epic over-the-ocean 3rd hole makes for a day of play whose memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed Hapuna Golf Course
The Hapuna Golf Course is set on a rugged terrain with dramatic changes in elevation making for a challenging play. Surreal views of the Pacific can be seen from every hole with the signature par 4, 12th hole offering players one of the most incredible panoramic views on Hawaii’s Big Island. The course has gained a reputation for being a hidden gem which has made it a local favorite.
Mauna Lani Resort
The Mauna Lani Resort is one of the most sought-after locations on the Big Island. With two championship golf courses, there’s no doubt as to why everyone from the avid golf enthusiast to the seasoned professional are calling Mauna Lani home. luxury Big Island has recently listed a breathtaking Mauna Lani Resort home with excellent golf course and ocean views from the homes sunset and whale watching lanai. Our latest listing at 49 Black Sand Beach also gives owners the option to become a member of the Mauna Lani Resort as well as the the Mauna Lani Beach Club, Racquet Club and The Orchid at Mauna Lani. The resort itself sits on over 3,200 acres and offers access to a private beach club as well.
Francis H. I’I Brown South Course
The 18-hole South Course is now home to the Hawaii Open. The beautiful and challenging course flows through a rugged terrain and grants players breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean.
Francis H. I’I Brown North Course
Mauna Lani’s 18-hole North Course is exemplary of the ideal Hawaiian golfing experience offering a challenge in an idyllic environment. The championship golf course is characterized by its undulating green terrain as it was built on a lava bed surrounded by mesquite forests. The course is also a popular venue for some of the most popular tournaments on the Big Island.