It’s January, and that means that the PGA Tour descends upon the Hawaiian Islands for a couple of weeks to kick off the new year and start things off with the right vibe and mana to settle our souls. If you’re anything like us, you immediately pull out your computer and start researching trips to these island paradises every time they appear on your television screen.
To assist you with your research process, we’ve put together a list of a few courses we think you should consider when planning your next getaway to Hawaii.
Kapalua Plantation Course, Maui
The home of the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Plantation Course at Kapalua underwent a major renovation by the iconic design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that wrapped up in 2019, further enhancing its already incredible design. This course gives you a sense of scale with wide fairways and large greens throughout, and you’ll be captivated throughout your round by the incredible ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, and as you can imagine typically heavy winds whipping off the ocean. Also be sure to check out the Bay Course for an enjoyable complementary experience to the Plantation Course as well as considering a stay at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua.
Plantation Course at Kapalua
Princeville Makai Golf Club, Kauai
Located on the beautiful island of Kauai, this Robert Trent Jones Jr. design features six holes that run along the ocean giving you some of the most spectacular views on any golf course in the Hawaiian Islands. Princeville Makai provides you with a lot of variety beyond just these oceanside holes as you’ll also encounter native woodlands, serene lakes, and mountainous backdrops that will leave you speechless as you make your way around this Hawaiian treasure.
Wailea Golf Club Gold Course, Maui
Wailea Golf Club is located on the Southeastern side of Maui and is home to 54 holes of championship golf that golfers consistently rave about. While the Blue and Emerald courses are certainly exceptional designs, most golfers tend to rank the Gold Course here as the highest in the portfolio. This course once served as the home of the Champions Tour Skins Game, and the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design is simply beautiful as it features oceanside views and top-notch landscaping to give you the full Hawaiian vibe while enjoying perfectly manicured conditions.
Maui Nui Golf Club, Maui
If you’re looking for great fun and great value during your Hawaiian golf getaway, look no further than Maui Nui Golf Club. Maui Nui is home to the island’s only Toptracer Range and provides you with a fair and friendly design that is inviting to players of all skill levels. Greens fees here are significantly less expensive than the other golf courses listed here, and even at the lower rate you’ll still be able to enjoy incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, Auau Channel, Mount Haleakala, Molokini, and the West Maui mountains.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai: Manele Golf Course, Lanai
The epitome of Hawaiian golf luxury, the Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is available exclusively to resort guests and features a Jack Nicklaus Signature design which sits above 200-foot cliffs and is bordered by black lava outcroppings that pop against the crystal blue ocean waters and the lush green conditions of the golf course. Combine this incredible golfing experience with the iconic Four Season Resort Lanai experience, and you’re in for a trip that will be tough to beat.