Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Hawaii



Few destinations are as coveted for spectacular resort golf as the islands of Hawaii. But it's also a state that is wonderfully accommodating to locals, too. With that in mind, we uncovered the Top 20 golf courses in Hawaii based on your ratings and reviews from the past year. The results feature a mix of high-end resort experiences and more affordable, public courses. The list is spread out quite evenly throughout the four largest golf islands, and there's a course for any budget, whether you're ka'amaina or not.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Hawaii in 2016

Course layout: Makaha Valley
Course conditions: Princeville Makai Golf Club
Value: Pukalani Country Club
Off-course amenities: Ko Olina Golf Club
Pace of play: Princeville Makai Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Makaha Valley

Top 20 courses in Hawaii in 2016

20. Royal Ka'anapali

Lahaina, Maui

19. Puakea Golf Course

Lihue, Kauai

18. Makalei Hawaii Country Club

Kailua Kona, Big Island

17. Kahili Golf Course

Wailuku, Maui

16. Ko Olina Golf Club

Kapolei, Oahu

15. Royal Kunia Country Club

Waipahu, Oahu

14. Makaha Valley Country Club

Waianae, Oahu

13. Pukalani Country Club

Pukalani, Maui

12. Poipu Bay Golf Course

Koloa, Kauai

11. Maui Nui Golf Club

Kihei, Maui

10. Hapuna Golf Course

Kohala Coast, Big Island

9. Mauna Kea Golf Course

Kohala Coast, Big Island

8. Kapolei Golf Course

Kapolei, Oahu

7. Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club

Wailea, Maui

6. Ocean Course at Hokuala

Lihue, Kauai

5. Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort

Kahuku, Oahu

4. Waikoloa Village Golf Club

Waikoloa, Big Island

3. Ewa Beach Golf Club

Ewa Beach, Oahu

2. Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort

Lahaina, Maui

1. Princeville Makai Golf Club

Princeville, Kauai

Feb 09, 2017



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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.