Where to Golf on Your Hawaiian Vacation

Everybody knows about the golf courses in Palm Springs, and Florida, and Phoenix - but what do you know about the great golfing that Hawaii has to offer? The four major Hawaiian islands not only offer wonderful budget timeshare rentals, but awesome golf, too.

Here is a sampler of the many outstanding golf courses in Hawaii that are open to the public.

Prince Golf Course (see photo) at Princeville on Kauai is considered the "Number 1 Golf Course in Hawaii." The magnificent views from 300 feet above the ocean certainly accounts for part of that acclaim, but the main attraction is the course design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who "turned rolling terrain into a links-style golf course that will challenge you like no other." One reviewer said, "Tough as nails but lots of different kinds of shots to be played and pretty as can be." There are many budget timeshare rentals available in Princeville, including the gorgeous beachfront Hanalei Bay Resort, and the beautiful Cliffs at Princeville.

Big Island
Another Robert Trent design, the Waikola Village Golf Club, on the Big Island, extends across the foothills of Mauna Kea and overlooks the beautiful Kohala Coast. Here Trent wove the natural assets of the amazing landscape into a challenging course. A reviewer says, "This is challenging, but good for novices, too. It has some spectacular views of the ocean and of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa." Locals often consider Waikola Village Golf Club one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets. Timeshare rentals are available near Waikola village Golf Club at the HGVC at Waikoloa Beach Resort, and The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach, among others.

A short 10 miles from Lahaina on Maui is the Kahili Golf Course at Wailuku. This relatively inexpensive course is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. A picturesque course with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and regal Haleakala, it's world-class layout and elevation changes challenge all levels of golf expertise. This is what one reviewer said, "The course was in beautiful shape and presented a tough but fair challenge to us as average golfers. The views were unbelievable - be sure to bring your camera." Lahaina timeshare rental choices include the Kaanapali Beach Club, and the 5-star Kahana Beach Vacation Club, both offering budget rental prices.

Head to the eastern shore of Oahu for the Ko'olau Golf Club in Kaneohe. This Dick Nugeunt-designed course, named by Golf Digest as a top golf course in Hawaii, was actually carved out of a tropical rainforest and features stunning views of sparkling waterfalls. A reviewer said, "Superb challenge...every hole unique...best deal on the island for locals and visitors alike." Kaneohe is within easy driving distance of numerous Oahu timeshare rentals.

(Photo provided by princeville.com)
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