Best golf courses: Hawaii

Hawaii: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kapaa
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kapaa

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Kailua-Kona
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Jack Nicklaus
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private course
Kailua-Kona
Weiskopf, Tom

Visitors?

Private course

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Tom Weiskopf
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Snyder & Nelson

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Original 18-hole layout designed by Arthur Jack Snyder (1976) with later alterations by Robin Nelson.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Nelson & Wright

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Robin Nelson & Rodney Wright
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Palmer & Duane

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Arnold Palmer & Francis "Frank" Duane.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Coore & Crenshaw

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Robinson, Ted

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Ted Robinson (Sr).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2017)
Lanai City
Robinson & Norman

Visitors?

(Closed in 2017)

Nearest city

Lanai City

Designer

Golf course architect Ted Robinson Sr and signature designer Greg Norman.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Bell, Nelson & Wright

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Ocean course designed by William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr (1966). Mountain course front-nine designed by William Bell (1985), and completed by Robin Nelson & Rodney Wright (1991).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Nugent, Dick

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Dick Nugent
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Robinson, Ted

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Ted Robinson (Sr).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2013)
Kahului
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

(Closed in 2013)

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Lanai City
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lanai City

Designer

Jack Nicklaus
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Nelson, Robin

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Robin Nelson
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Jones, Jones & Jones

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1964); modifications by his sons Robert Trent Jones Jr (1975) and Rees Jones (2008).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Nelson, Wright & Haworth

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Original layout designed by Homer Flint & Raymond Cain; redesigned by Robin Nelson, Rodney Wright & Neil Haworth
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Nelson, Wright & Haworth

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Original layout designed by Homer Flint & Raymond Cain; redesigned by Robin Nelson, Rodney Wright & Neil Haworth
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Kailua-Kona
McLay-Kidd, David

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

David McLay-Kidd

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kapaa
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kapaa

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kapaa
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kapaa

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr's first solo design; renovated by him in 2009.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
(Closed in 2015)
Kapaa
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

(Closed in 2015)

Nearest city

Kapaa

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kapaa
Nelson, Robin

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kapaa

Designer

Robin Nelson
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Dye, Pete & Perry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Father/son team of Pete & Perry Dye.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Nelson, Robin

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Robin Nelson
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Fazio, George

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

George Fazio
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Honolulu
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Honolulu
Raynor & Banks

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Honolulu

Designer

Original design by Seth Raynor and his associate Charles Banks. Improvements made by Desmond Muirhead (1992).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Weiskopf & Morrish

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kailua-Kona
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kailua-Kona

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Snyder, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Arthur "Jack" Snyder
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Kahului
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kahului

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kapaa
Shirai, Toyo

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kapaa

Designer

Originally a 6-hole course dating from 1920s, extended to 9-holes in 1930s. Second-nine added and front-nine redesigned by Toyo Shirai (1961).

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