Golfing and Golf Courses on the Big Island

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The Big Island is known as the golf capital of the state of Hawaii. Some of the biggest names in course design have crafted championship golf courses into the island that will call you back to the green – again and again.

The golf courses on the Big Island are carved out of ancient lava flows, wrapped around historical Hawaiian landmarks or front some of the most spectacular coastlines in the pacific. It doesn’t matter if you come to the Big Island exclusively to drive that little white ball, or just want to relax and wind down with your friends at the golf course, Hawaii will not let you down. There are courses for every level of experience: from inexpensive municipal courses to challenging mountainside challenges up to breath-taking championship courses!

Map of golf courses on the Big Island

There are many golf courses on the Island which we list on the following map. Not all courses are only open to members, and not publicly accessible. We list the golf courses on the Big Island and their contact information on the map below. Do call ahead to make reservations and to check on any current information concerning the opening hours. Click on any icon to get course-details and contact information for the golf course.

If the map doesn’t load or you want to see all the golf course information together, scroll down below the map for our big Big Island golf courses overview

You can find the 18 most popular golf courses on the Big Island below. The golf courses are sorted on location (Volcano, Kona, Kohala coast, Waimea + Hamakua coast and Hilo), and we provide a short description, directions and a link to the golf course website.

Golf courses near Volcano

Volcano Golf and Country Club

Daily Fee – 18 Holes – Par 72 – 6547 yards

Volcano Golf Course Lies in the rim of the active Kilauea Volcano, and is is one of the world’s most unusual courses. It lies in the cool highlands 4,000 feet about the sea, with sweeping vistas of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (both snow capped in winter). Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a scenic 30-mile drive from Hilo, the course also offers full restaurant and bar facilities.

Visit their website here.

Volcano Golf & Country Club
Pii Mauna Drive
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
808-967-8228

Golfing on an active Volcano is almost normal on the Big Island.
This is a view from the Volcano Golf & Country Club. Golfing on an active Volcano is almost normal on the Big Island.

Sea Mountain Golf Course

The 18-hole “Sea” course at the Sea Mountain Golf Course facility in Pahala, Hawaii features 6,416 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.1 and it has a slope rating of 129.

The course is pretty poorly maintained but this is reflected in a modest green fee ($30 in 2017).

Highway 11
Pahala, HI  96777
United States
P: (808) 928-6222
F: (808) 928-6111

Golf courses near Kailua Kona

Kona Country Club – Ocean Course

Daily fee – par 72 – 6748 yards

Visit their website here.

78-7000 Alii Dr
Kailua Kona, HI
(808) 322-2595

Hokulia Golf Club

Private – par 72 – 7337 yards.

call (808) 930-4101 or visit their website here.

Makalei Golf Course

Daily fee – par 72 – 7091 yards

Visit their website here

72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 325-6625

Golf courses on the Kohala coast

Haulalai Golf Club

Resort – 18 Holes – Par 72 – 7117 yards

Dramatically situated in the black lava fields along the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, the Hualalai Golf Course is both a world class challenge and an exhilarating land and seascape.

The 7100-yard course hosts an annual, season-opening Champions’ Tour event and though its beautifully manicured fairways and greens are more than enough to challenge the legends, they’re also an agreeable test for golfers at all levels.

The Hualalai Golf Course is a semi-private course and is reserved exclusively for resort guests.

Visit their website here.

100 Kaupulehu Drive
Kaupulehu, Kona
HI 96745
(808) 325-8480

Mauna Lani Resort Francis H. Ii Brown North Course

Mauna Lani’s North Course represents the quintessential golf experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Built on a lava bed, the North is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by Kiawe (mesquite) forests.  Number 17, a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater, is one of Mauna Lani resort signature holes and a favorite “I was here” photo spot. A 230-acre protected archaeological district lies on the northern boundary of the golf course. Herds of feral goats frequent the entire golf course, moving from hole to hole throughout the day.  The North Course has fast become one of the most popular tournament venues on the Island.

Visit their website here.

68-1310 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast, HI 96743-9704
(808) 885-6655

Mauna Lani Resort Francis H. Ii Brown South Course

The Mauna Lani Resort’s South Course was home to the original Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000 and is the first course to play before tackling the more prodigious North Course.

South delivers an extremely playable and forgiving layout with ample fairways and approachable greens. But the illusion created by black lava on both sides of virtually every hole a Big Island golf staple makes the playing areas seem rather tight. Mauna Lani fittingly means ‘mountain reaching heaven,’ its name coming from Mauna Kea to the north and Mauna Loa to the south.

Visit their website here.

68-1310 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast, HI 96743-9704
(808) 885-6655

Mauna Kea Golf Course

Resort – 18 holes – Par 72 – 7370 yards.

There are few experiences that can equal the one at Mauna Kea Golf Course. Still considered to be one of the benchmarks by which other island courses are judged, the course has consistently held a spot in Golf Digest top 100.

It embraces all the values of a great resort golf course: natural beauty, dramatic views, strategic design and memorability of the holes.

The course features holes that are right at sea level like number 3 and 11 and other that rise to nearly 300 feet above. There are over 120 well placed bunkers and the greens are large and very undulating.

Visit their website here.

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive

Waimea, HI

(808)-882-5400

Big Island Country Club Golf Course

public – 18 holes – par 72 –  6582 yards

The Big Island Country Club is one of the best examples of Hawaii’s treasure trove of independent (non-resort affiliated), daily-fee golf courses, making many top-10 lists in this category since it opened in 1997.

This Big Island golf course’s trademarks include moderate trade winds, glorious views, country club-style landing areas, and good maintenance.

Visit their website here.

Waikoloa Village Golf Course

Daily fee – par 72 – 6791 yards

Visit their website here.

68-1792 Melia Street
Waikoloa, HI 96738
808-883-9621

Waikoloa Beach Course

Daily fee – par 70 – 6566 yards

Visit their website here

1020 keana place
waikoloa, Hawaii 96736
(808)886-6060

Waikoloa Kings’ Course

Daily fee – par 72 – 7074 yards

Visit their website here

600 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, HI 96738
(808) 886-7888

Hapuna Golf Course

Resort – 18 Holes – Par 72 – 6875 yards This is the newer (and less famous) of the two Mauna Kea Golf Resorts. Almost directly after it opened in 1992 it became a favorite of both Big Island locals and visitors.

Visit their website here.

62-100 Kaunaoa Dr
Waimea, HI
(808) 880 3000

Golf courses close to Waimea and the Hamakua coast

Waimea Country Club

Unfortunately, The Waimea Country Club closed in 2012.

Hamakua Country Club

Daily Fee – 9 Holes – Par 33 – 2490 yards

This Big Island golf course is friendly, local, and has a very Hawaiian sense of community. This course serves as its own social center in the former sugar mill town of Honokaa along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.

Amazingly enough, this nine-hole course is packed into just 15 acres. The laid back character of the course is best surmised by a recent visitor inquiry about the course’s restaurant. The club’s friendly response was, ‘If you like, you can bring all the food you can eat.’

website: http://hamakuagolf.com/

On the ocean side of Hwy. 19
41 miles from Hilo
Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI

808-775-7244

Golf courses in Hilo

Naniloa volcano golf course

Semi private – par 35 – 9 holes

Greens fees $25 Mon-Fri; $35 Sat-Sun (if you can get a tee time); twilight rates are $10 less

120 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI (808) 935-3000

Hilo Municipal Golf Course

Daily fee – par 71 – 6325 yard

The municipal golf course in Hilo is the only golf course on the Big Island with a municipal layout.

website at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-golf/

Hilo, HI 96720-5710
(808) 959-7711