It’s a close race for the title of best public golf course in Hawaii, with the Four Seasons Resort’s Manele Course in Lanai overtaking Kapalua’s Plantation Course for first place on Golfweek’s 2022 list of the “Best Courses You Can Play.” Has.
Built by Jack Nicklaus on lava outcrops and opened in 1991, the Manele Course features three holes on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Not only is it the #1 public golf course in Hawaii, it’s also #32 of all modern golf courses built in the United States since the 1960’s
Golfweek’s Best offers many course ranking lists, with the list of the best public courses in each state being one of the most popular. All courses on this list are open to the public in some way, whether it’s through daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a start time.
Those are popular too Golfweek’s Best Rankings of the best private courses in each state, and this list for Hawaii is also given below.
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(m): Modern course built in or after 1960
(c): Classic course built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in parentheses next to the m or c, this indicates where that course ranks in Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses. Some of the private courses listed below do not qualify for these premium lists because they haven’t seen enough guesser play in the last 10 years, but they still qualify for the state lists.
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Best Public Courses in Hawaii in 2022
Kapalua’s Plantation Course in Hawaii (Courtesy of Kapalua)
1. Four Seasons Resort (Manele)
2. Kapalua (plantation)
3. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel GC
Kohala Coast (181 m)
4. Princeville Makai
5. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Kailua – Kona (m)
6. Wailea (Golden)
7. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Poipu Bay)
8. Mauna Lani (North)
9. Wailea (Emerald)
10. Turtle Bay Resort (Arnold Palmer)
11. Ward of Wailua
12th Ocean Course in Hokuala
13. Kapolei GC
14. Mauna Lani (South)
15. Ko Olina
Best Private Courses in Hawaii in 2022
King Kamehameha in Hawaii (Courtesy of King Kamehameha)
5. King Kamehameha*
How we rank courses
Golfweek’s Best’s hundreds of members of the judging panel continually rate courses, ranking them against 10 criteria on a point basis of 1 to 10. They also provide a single overall rating for each course. These overall ratings are averaged to create these rankings.