Golf on the Big Island

If you came to the Big Island to golf, you did the right thing. There’s a course or three for anyone with a bag and a pocket of balls.

Play ranges from championship resort courses to unique upcountry links and homey municipal clubs. You can tee off from the top of a volcano or challenge the famed third hole at the Mauna Kea Resort.

Whether you prefer to play in a cool, misty climate reminiscent of Scotland or so close to the Pacific that you have to wipe the salt spray off your clubs, there’s a course for you. Each has a distinct design and personality suited to the challenges of an avid golfer or an eager wannabe. Here’s a brief overview.

South Kohala and Kona Golf Courses

Sunny South Kohala is home to the best golf courses on the Big Island. Hapuna Golf Course, at Mauna Kea Resort, has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best golf resorts in North America. In 2016, Golf Advisor ranked both Mauna Kea Resort courses, Hapuna Golf Course and Mauna Kea Golf Course, top 10 in Hawaii. Hapuna Golf Course ranked #5, and Mauna Kea Golf Course ranked #8. They were the only Big Island golf courses to make the list. Read more

A few miles south are the Mauna Lani North and South courses. This green oasis carved out of black lava is one of the most visually stunning golf layouts in the world. Another lava desert “crunched” into soft velvety greens is home to two outstanding twin courses at the Waikoloa Resort, the Beach Course and the King’s Course.Hualalai Golf Club at the Four Seasons Resort hosts the prestigious Senior PGA Tour Championship in January. The course is private for resort guests or by invitation only.In the heart of Kona, you can play ocean side at the Kona Country Club in Keauhou.

Upland Golf Courses

The Big Island has several upland golf courses. The Big Island Country Club is located 30 minutes from Waikoloa and Kona. Near Waimea, the course is a pleasant upcountry drive along Hwy. 190.

Makalei Golf Club is 2,500 feet up the slopes of Hualalai Mountain above the Keahole-Kona airport in a magnificent ʻohiʻa forest.

The Waikoloa Village Golf Course is six miles up the hill from the Kohala Coast.

Hilo Golf Courses

The 18-hole Hilo Municipal Golf Course (“the muni”) is an institution for residents of this unique and often rain-washed town.

The Naniloa Country Club, in the heart of the Banyon Drive area, is a cute little 9-hole course.

Volcano Golf Course

Volcano Golf & Country Club is one of the only courses in the world built on a live volcano. This 18 hole public golf course is a novelty for locals and visitors alike. At reasonable rates, it’s a worthy vacation “to-do” line item.

Cheapest Golf Courses on the Big Island (Hawaii Island)

The 9-hole Hamakua Country Club in Honokaʻa has the best green fees on the island. Adults can play for $15 per day, and there is no limit to the number of rounds you can play. Juniors 17 years and under can play free of charge with an accompanying adult. With such reasonable rates, one might expect the conditions to be less than spectacular. However, the grounds are fairly well maintained, and there are sweeping views of the mountains and ocean.

Looking to golf on neighbor islands? Explore golf courses on Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and Lanai.

Photo: Mauna Kea Golf Course

Golf Courses on the Big Island

  • Rates/Green Fee Key:
  • $ under $55
  • $$ $55-$99
  • $$$ $100-$149
  • $$$$ $150-$199
  • $$$$$ over $200

Big Island Country Club $$
71-1420 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Type: Semi-private
18 holes

Kamaaina - $79/weekday, $79/weekend

Non-resident - $79/weekday, $79/weekend

The Club at Hokulia N/A
81-6636 Pu’u Ohau Place, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Type: Private
18 holes

Hamakua Country Club Golf $
45-3280 Mamalahoa Hwy, Honokaa, HI 96727
Type: Public
9 holes

Kamaaina - $15 per day

Non-resident - $15 per day

Hapuna Golf Course $$$$
62-100 Kauna’oa Drive Kohala Coast, HI 96743
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - Call to inquire.

Non-resident - $160/weekday, $160/weekend

Hilo Municipal Golf Club $
340 Haihai St, Hilo, HI 96720
Type: Municipal
18 holes

Kamaaina - $15/weekday, $20/weekend

Non-resident - $34/weekday, $45/weekend

Hualalai Golf Course – Jack Nicklaus Signature Course $$$$$
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Type: Private Resort
18 holes

Hualalai Golf Course – Keolu N/A
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Type: Private
18 holes

Kona Country Club $$$$
78-7000 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - Call to inquire.

Non-resident - $160/weekday, $160/weekend

Kukio Golf Club N/A
87 Mile Marker Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Type: Private
18 holes

Makalei Hawaii Golf Club $$$
72-3890 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Type: Semi-private
18 holes

Kamaaina - $59/weekday, $59/weekend

Non-resident - $119/weekday, $199/weekend

Mauna Kea Golf Course $$$$$
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - $275/weekday, $275/weekend

Non-resident - $275/weekday, $275/weekend

Mauna Lani – Francis H. Iʻi Brown North Course $$$$$
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
Type: Resort
18 holes

Resort Guest - $170

Non-Guest- $225

Mauna Lani – Francis H. Iʻi Brown South Course $$$$$
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
Type: Resort
18 holes

Resort Guest - $170

Non-Guest- $225

Naniloa Country Club $
120 Banyan Dr., Hilo, HI 96720
Type: Semi-private
9 holes

Kamaaina - $10/weekday, $10/weekend

Non-resident - $10/weekday, $10/weekend

Sea Mountain Golf Course $
95-788 Ninole Road, Pahala, HI 96777
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - $46.50/weekday, $49.50/weekend

Non-resident - $46.50/weekday, $49.50/weekend

Volcano Golf & Country Club $$
Pii Mauna Dr., Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718
Type: Public
18 holes

Kamaaina - $56/weekday, $56/weekend

Non-resident - $56/weekday, $56/weekend

Waikoloa – Beach Course $$$$
600 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI 96738
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - $75/weekday, $75/weekend

Non-resident - $180/weekday, $180/weekend Resort Guest - $145/weekday, $145/weekend


Waikoloa – Kings’ Course
$$$$
600 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI 96738
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - $75/weekday, $75/weekend

Non-resident - $180/weekday, $180/weekend Resort Guest - $145/weekday, $145/weekend


Waikoloa Village Golf Club
$$
68-1798 Melia St, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
Type: Resort
18 holes

Kamaaina - $45/weekday, $45/weekend

Non-resident - $85/weekday, $85/weekend Resort Guest - $75/weekday, $75/weekend

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