We are lucky in Kona to have some of the most beautiful Golf Courses in the world within a 20 mile circumference. This website is devoted to Golf on The Big Island of Hawaii. We will be blogging about many of these golf courses as we travel around the island on a golf adventure! Here is a complete List of All Public/Private Courses on the Kona Side of the Big Island:
Kona Country Club
78-7000 Alii Dr
The Ocean Course designed by William Bell sits along the Pacific Ocean with stunning mountain views. This beautiful golf course has breathtaking Kona coastline views, trails of ancient lava flow and is enriched with Hawaiian culture and wild life. This Big Island golf course can be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced golfers.
Built in 1966, this William Bell designed course maintains its charm by incorporating natural settings along the Pacific Ocean. Be ready to take a picture on our signature holes #3 and #12. Enjoy seeing the grand splash on hole #13 where you will see the blow hole known as “puka” in Hawaiian. Keep a lookout for Humpback whales during November through March. Home of LPGA Takefuji Classic in 2000 and 2001, this 18 hole championship course offers wide, lush fairways, Bermuda grass greens and numerous sand bunkers.
Makalei Golf Club
72-3890 Hawaii Belt Rd
Makalei is situated in the North Kona region of Hawaii, the elevation is known for its cool climates and world famous coffee farms. Makalei boasts an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet. This Kona golf layout is a cool, scenic, lush forest alternative to the island’s coastal golf course experiences. The temperate climate, lush surrounding forests, and elevation offer a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Several distinctive features on the course include bent grass greens, lava tubes, cinder cones and a stone wall dating back more than a century.
Big Island Country Club
71-1420 Mamalahoa Hwy
Big Island Country Club is the perfect course for a Hawaii golf vacation. With five sets of tee boxes, the Par 72 course is challenging but enjoyable for novices through expert players. Designed by famed golf architect Perry Dye, the course features wide fairways and water in play on nine of the 18 holes. Situated on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea mountain, the course offers Hawaii visitor and resident golfers a cooler climate with refreshing air and sweeping vistas of mountains and the ocean.
Hapuna Golf Course
With its seemingly endless views and dramatic elevation changes beginning at sea level and rising to 700 ft, Hapuna Golf Course nestles into the rugged desert terrain above the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. This Arnold Palmer / Ed Seay course is a championship “links-style” design that was built in 1992 and stretches to just under 6900 yards. The Pacific Ocean serves as the picture perfect backdrop and can be gazed upon from all 18 holes. Teeing off at just under 700ft of elevation, the signature par-4 12th provides one of the most spectacular panoramic views on the Big Island – including Maui in the distance. Hapuna Golf Course has gained a reputation as a hidden gem, and for that reason is always a local favorite.
Mauna Kea Golf Course
Currently ranked #27 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play, the legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course overlooks one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. Now celebrating 50 years, the course opened in 1964 as the unique creation of the great golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. It gained world-wide fame as the site of a memorable televised match among golf’s “Big 3:” Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. In 2008, Mr. Jones’ son, Rees Jones, brought his father’s original layout into the 21st century with a careful and creative renovation. The enduring ocean-front layout was preserved while the challenge and playability were enhanced, insuring that Mauna Kea would rank among the world’s greatest golf courses for decades to come. With a top slope rating of 144, Mauna Kea from the championship tees is one of the finest tests of golf in the world. But five sets of tees assure that all guests of the beautiful Mauna Golf and Beach Resort can enjoy an unforgettable golf experience with just the right challenge to suit their game. With its breathtaking ocean and volcano mountain views, tropical breezes and world-class service, it is easy to understand why Mauna Kea’s legacy of tradition and aloha is revered by all.
Hualalai Golf Course
Like all the other splendid amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land. Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. After an exhilarating game, relax in the clubhouse where tropical refreshments, ocean views and a club-away-from-home experience await you.
Nanea Golf Club
72-2921 Kaupulehu Road
Huehue, Hawaii 96740
John F. Henry — 5 stars am pleased to be a new culinary team member of Nanea. It is some of the best food I have ever had the pleasure of making in my life! Very exclusive. Extremely private. The best of the best. At its BEST! God is good!
Fraser Van Asch — 5 stars had the privilege of playing there last year. What a privilege it was! It was hard to imagine links-style layout on the Big Island. A rare treat. Never turn down the invite if you ever get one. Nanea easily ranks as one of the finest courses I have ever played and I’ve played many of the world’s best.
Michael W Langdon — 5 starSublime experience on this exclusive 175 member club. Every hole has a view across the links and heather – feels like you are hitting into the ocean. Terrific caddy named Todd was very knowledgeable and winsome. Thanks Jason for setting us up. #gearhardt