Kauai Lagoons Golf Club - Kiele Moana nine - 4th
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Kauai Lagoons Golf Club - Kiele Moana nine - 4th
It's an idyllic scene near the fourth green of the Kiele Moana nine at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Ko Olina Golf Club - hole 8
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Ko Olina Golf Club - hole 8
The scenic eighth hole at the Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu challenges players on the LPGA Tour. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa
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JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa
Gorgeous views can be seen from the balconies of the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa on Oahu. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Plantation golf course at Kapalua
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Plantation golf course at Kapalua
The Plantation Course at Kapalua roams up and down the hills of Maui. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ko'olau Golf Club - hole 16
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Ko'olau Golf Club - hole 16
The setting around the 16th green shows off how beautiful Ko'olau Golf Club on Oahu can be. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 16
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 16
The cliffs come alive on the 16th hole at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Makai Golf Club at Princeville - 6th
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Makai Golf Club at Princeville - 6th
The Pacific Ocean comes into focus on the sixth hole at Makai Golf Club at Princeville on Kauai. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Kapalua's Plantation golf course
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Kapalua's Plantation golf course
The views extend for miles on the Plantation golf course at Kapalua on Maui. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Prince GC at Princeville
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Prince GC at Princeville
Some of the vistas on the Prince Golf Course at Princeville are spectacular. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Turtle Bay Resort - hotel
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Turtle Bay Resort - hotel
The Turtle Bay Resort has undergone several major renovations over the past few years on the North Shore of Oahu. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Makai Golf Club at Princeville - hole 12
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Makai Golf Club at Princeville - hole 12
The Makai Golf Club at Princeville returns to the Pacific Ocean at the 12th green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Plantation course at Kapalua - clouds
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Plantation course at Kapalua - clouds
Spectacular clouds loom over the Plantation course at Kapalua on Maui. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ewa Beach Golf Club - hole 3
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Ewa Beach Golf Club - hole 3
Trees block the left side of the third green at Ewa Beach Golf Club on Oahu. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Prince Golf Course at Princeville - 13th
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Prince Golf Course at Princeville - 13th
A natural waterfall creates a dramatic moment near the 13th green of the Prince Golf Course at Princeville. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Puakea Golf Course - 6th hole
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Puakea Golf Course - 6th hole
The sixth hole at Puakea Golf Course on Kauai drops off a ridge to a green below. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ka'anapali Kai golf course
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Ka'anapali Kai golf course
The Ka'anapali Kai Course on Maui is popular with locals and tourists alike. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Wailea Golf Club
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Wailea Golf Club
Wailea Golf Club offers 54 holes on Maui's sunniest coast. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Hapuna Golf Course - hole 12
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Hapuna Golf Course - hole 12
The 12th hole at Hapuna Golf Course provides panoramic ocean views of Hawaii's Kona Coast. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Kohanaiki golf course - 15th
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Kohanaiki golf course - 15th
It takes a carry over a lava hazard to reach the 15th green at Kohanaiki on Hawaii island. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Mauna Lani Resort - South Course - 15th
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Mauna Lani Resort - South Course - 15th
The 15th hole on the South course at Mauna Lani Resort flies over a coastal cove on Hawaii. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Mauna Lani Resort - North Course - 17th
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Mauna Lani Resort - North Course - 17th
The 17th hole on the North course at Mauna Lani Resort sits in a lava bowl. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Mauna Kea golf course - 3rd
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Mauna Kea golf course - 3rd
Cliffs and waves stimulate the senses on the third hole at Mauna Kea on Hawaii island. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Hualalai Golf Club - hole 17
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Hualalai Golf Club - hole 17
The Nicklaus Course at Hualalai Golf Club hosts the Champions Tour. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Pacific perfection: Favorite photos from the best golf courses in Hawaii

I've been fortunate enough to tee it up on four of the five major Hawaiian islands within the past three years. I can't wait to some day play golf on Lanai, but I've had fun exploring Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai.

Golf doesn't get more beautiful than in the Hawaiian islands, a tropical paradise where the palm trees sway, volcanic mountain ranges soar and the Pacific Ocean shimmers in the sun. Each island has its merits.

Maui has the most famous track, the Plantation Course at Kapalua , host of the PGA Tour's first tournament of the calendar year. Oahu has built the most courses. Kauai's courses offer some of the best ocean views in the world.

The best weather comes courtesy of the Big Island's Kona coast. These golf photos best showcase the beauty of the Hawaiian islands.

-- Jason Scott Deegan

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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