Hapuna Golf Course, Big Island

One of the most unique golf courses in Hawaii, Hapuna Golf Course is set in rugged desert terrain and stretches along the scenic Kohala coastline, above the western shore of the Big Island. The course is incredibly picturesque with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at every stage of play. A favorite with locals, Hapuna Golf Course has earned itself something of a reputation as a hidden gem. Its uniqueness is in part due to its dramatic elevation changes; the course starts at sea level and rises to some 700 feet above.

An Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay collaboration, and opened in 1992, this 18-hole, par-72 course has a links-style layout. Measuring a little under 6,900 yards, the natural contours of the locality are seamlessly incorporated into the design with due care afforded to the sensitive nature of the environment in which the course is set. With a scenic backdrop that includes the ocean and the snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano, players of all ability levels should enjoy a challenging round of golf at Hapuna. Tee off takes place at an elevation of just less than 700 feet with the remaining holes appearing incrementally. Play continues on the silky fescue grasses with several risk-reward opportunities all the way throughout this spectacularly scenic course, most notably at the par-5 holes, of which the 14th is a perfect example. This hole features a sizeable ravine to the right and a wide, shallow green, which presents players with something of a strategy conundrum in terms of how best to play it. The 12th hole, a par-4, is the course’s signature hole, offering one of the most amazing views on the Big Island – even Maui can be seen in the horizon from here.

Those who use Hapuna Golf Course will enjoy a comprehensive range of facilities. The club provides a cart, clubs, and shoe rental service, complimentary bottled water, locker rooms, and shower facilities. There is a practice bunker, driving range, and putting and chipping greens. Golf lessons and clinics are available from professional PGA staff upon request. The full-service pro-shop is open daily and offers a good range of merchandise. Essentially, golfers can look forward to a challenging game and every necessary amenity at Hapuna Golf Course.

Hapuna Golf Course Overview

  • 18 holes, par 72, 6875 yards
  • Architect: Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay
  • Rating: 73.3/70.4/66.8/64.4
  • Slope: 136/130/122/117
  • Open: 1992
  • Phone: (808) 880-3000

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