It’s a tight race for the title of the best publicly accessible golf course in Hawaii, with the Manele Course at the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai edging out the Kapalua Plantation Course for the top spot on the list of the best courses you can. play Golfweek in 2022.
Built by Jack Nicklaus atop lava outcrops and opened in 1991, the Manele course features three holes atop cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. In addition to being the No. 1 among public access facilities in Hawaii, it ranks No. 32 among all modern courses built since 1960 in the United States.
Golfweek’s Best offers numerous lists of course rankings, with the list of the best public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a starting time.
Also popular are the Top Golfweek rankings of the best private courses in each state, and this list for Hawaii is also included below.
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(m): Modern course, built in 1960 or later
(c): classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in parentheses with the m or c, it indicates where this course ranks among Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses. Several of the private courses listed below are not eligible for these premium listings because they haven’t seen enough reviewer games in the past 10 years, but they are still eligible for state-by-state listings.
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1. Four Seasons Hotel (Manele)
2. Kapalua (Plantation)
3. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel GC
Kohala Coast (181m)
4. Princeville Makai
5. Four Seasons Hualalai Hotel
7. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Poipu Bay)
8. Mauna Lani (North)
9. Wailea (emerald)
10. Turtle Bay Resort (Arnold Palmer)
11. Municipality of Wailua
12. Ocean Course in Hokuala
13. Kapolei GC
14. Mauna Lani (South)
Kailua Kona (m)
Kailua Kona (m)
5. King Kamehameha*
The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continuously evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a 1-10 point basis. They also provide a unique overall rating for each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.