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Best golf courses near Kona, HI

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Kona, HI. There are 10 courses within a 15-mile radius of Kona, 3 of which are public courses and 7 are private courses. There are 9 18-hole courses and 1 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Nanea Golf Club
Private
Nanea Golf Club
Kailua Kona, HI
4.7
62 Panelists
In the early 1960s, Robert Trent Jones built the first course on Hawaii’s Big Island for a very wealthy owner (Laurance Rockefeller), grinding up the site’s volcanic rock to use as “sand” on which to grow grass. 40 years later and just 22 miles away, architect David McLay Kidd also built a course on volcanic rock for very wealthy owners (Charles Schwab and George Roberts), but rather than transform the lava topography, he routed his holes among the black outcroppings and through the site’s meadows of native grasses. Located on a high, exposed plateau beneath Mt. Hualalai, the holes ramble and roll into topsy-turvy greens, each with a sterling view of the Pacific Ocean three and half miles in the distance.
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Kukio Makai Regulation
Private
Kukio Makai Regulation
Kailua Kona, HI
4.3
35 Panelists
Kukio Makai Regulation in Kailua-Kona is one of the best courses in Hawaii. Discover our experts reviews and where Kukio Makai Regulation ranks in our rankings
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The Club At Hokulia
Private
The Club At Hokulia
Kealakekua, HI
4.3
48 Panelists
The Club At Hokulia in Kealakekua is one of the best courses in Hawaii. Discover our experts reviews and where The Club At Hokulia ranks in our rankings
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Kohanaiki
Private
Kohanaiki
Kailua Kona, HI
4.2
49 Panelists
Though architecturally it might rank behind its neighbors on the Big Island, Nanea and Kuki’o, the experience at Kohanaiki is up there with any other in Hawaii. Built on a 450-acre site with opulent homes selling for as much as $30 million and as little as $3 million, this Rees Jones design features a thrilling stretch along the ocean from Nos. 12 to 16. Fairways are firm and fast and typically offer playable routes off the tee for a range of players, though challenging, fast greens with significant slopes offer a strategic test for the better player. Kohanaiki scores highly in the Fun category, and though comfort stations are not a part of our course rankings, having one of them after each nine—plus an on-site brewery, a wine-tasting room plus personal wine lockers for members and a whiskey room—makes this a top-notch experience for guests and members.
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Hualalai Resort
Private
Hualalai Resort
Kailua Kona, HI
3.9
80 Panelists
Open to club members and guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the Hualalai course is one of two layouts at the resort, along with the private Ke’olu course. A past member of our 100 Greatest Public ranking, the Hualalai course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and annually hosts the first event of the season on the PGA Tour Champions. The par-72 plays along the shore and over rugged, charcoal-black lavascape, which along with the ocean vistas enhance the course’s aesthetics.
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Kona Country Club
Public
Kona Country Club
Kailua Kona, HI
3.8
8 Panelists
Just south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, Kona Country Club is a straightforward yet scenic public layout, originally designed by William F. Bell. The course plays through a housing development but still offers great views of the Pacific throughout. There are several oceanfront holes, including the par-3 third and 12th, while others wind through stands of palm trees and native brush.
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Hualalai Resort: Ke'olu
Private
Hualalai Resort: Ke'olu
Kailua Kona, HI
3
4 Panelists
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