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The golf is pretty good in Hawaii, that's no secret. But few people, especially couples, go to Hawaii just to play golf. That's why staying at a nice, centrally located resort can be paramount. The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is one of those resorts. Centrally located on the Kona Coast between several great golf courses, it's also a perfect launching point for many other wonderful activities. Mike Bailey has more from the Big Island.
Located in the heart of Lihue, Hawaii, is Puakea Golf Course. Puakea dates back to 1991 and represents Kauai's golf course middle-ground. It's a shade less expensive than the island's premium resort courses while offering better conditions and experience than the island's municipal course and other daily fees.
Playing the 27-hole Hawaii Prince Golf Club on Oahu feels like a walk in a windy tropical park. It isn't the bunkers or trees or 10 ponds that defend par. It's the tradewinds. These steady ocean breezes make selecting clubs difficult and certain holes play long and demanding. Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay designed the club in 1992 as an amenity of the Hawaiian Prince Hotel Waikiki. A complimentary shuttle transports guests for the 40-minute ride between the club and hotel.
Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii's best surf and golf destination, getting a makeover on Oahu's fabled North Shore
Turtle Bay Resort's idyllic location of 840 acres along Oahu's North Shore has been filmed in more than 150 movies and TV shows since opening in 1972. Golfers at Turtle Bay can enjoy playing courses designed by Arnold Palmer and George Fazio, and ongoing renovations through 2013 will give the resort a fresh, vibrant feel for generations to come.
The Kai Course might be the easier of the two layouts at the Kaanapali Resort on Maui. But it's by no means the less popular. The Kai might seem short at 6,388 yards, but because some of the holes play uphill, into the wind or both, there is plenty of challenge. It's also replete with great views, both of the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Visit Kahului on the island of Maui for a taste of links-style golf in the middle of the Pacific. The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course offers a unique Hawaiian golfing experience. Designed by Robin Nelson to sit between two volcanoes in Maui's central valley, the course features rolling dunesland, small pot bunkers and an often fierce wind.
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