GOLFING

There are three "local" golf courses that are all open to the public, have reasonable rates and are conveniently located to Kona Onenalo. There are of course a bunch of beautiful resort courses on the Kohala Coast, north of Kailua-Kona. Each one is more beautiful than the next and if you are a diehard golfer with deep pockets, you can throw a dart and you will love any one of them. One piece of advice on the Kohala courses: book a tee time before 8:30 AM. The Kohala Coast almost always gets trade winds in the late morning/early afternoon and you can find yourself hitting into a three club breeze.

(808) 322 2595
78-7000 Alii Dr.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Kona Country Club is only three miles south of Kona Onenalo on Alii Drive. It has two 18 hole courses, and the Vista Restaurant and Bar. The Ocean Course is as beautiful and well maintained as most of the "Resort" courses north of Kailua-Kona on the Kohala Coast—and considerably cheaper to play. The Mountain Course is a not as well maintained hillside track with lots of challenging lies. Its main selling point is that it is even cheaper and generally less crowded than the Ocean Course. KKCC has a decent driving range and a good putting, chipping and pitching practice area.

(808) 325 6225
72-3890 Hawaii Belt Rd.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Makalei is a 30 minute drive north from Kona Onenalo on the upper highway. It is a hillside course in a lush tropical setting. The course is hilly, narrow and short. You will see wild turkeys and peacocks galore. Short and straight is the order of the day. Bring lots of balls!

(808) 325 5044
71-1420 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Big Island is a 50 minute drive north on the same upper highway as Makalei. It is worth the drive. The course is set at 2000 feet with sweeping coastal views. This is a Pete Dye inspired course with many interesting water hazards, including his signature island green. Course conditions can vary from decent, to not so wonderful, but the price is right and the setting is stunning.

Resort Courses:

Tee Times Hawaii gives you a good overview of the various resort courses on the Big Island and their relative costs. You can Google other discount sites as well.

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