The Aloha State of Hawaii comprises of hundreds of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean situated around 2,000 miles to the southwest of the North American continent. The 50th state to be admitted to the Union in 1959, Hawaii has since capitalised on its diverse natural scenery and tropical climate by promoting itself as a popular tourist destination for visitors.
Two authorities, one for men and one for women, administer amateur golf in Hawaii. The Hawaii State Golf Association was formed in 1984 and it caters for male golfers in approximately 275 clubs who play out of around 100 courses. Ladies come under the stewardship of the Hawaii State Women’s Golf Association, founded in 2005.
Hawaii is also a starting point for the PGA Tour in January of every year when an exclusive field of tournament winners from the previous season tee it up at the Kapalua (Plantation) course. That event is followed a week later when a regular sized field competes for the Sony Open in Hawaii trophy at Waialae Country Club.
A Hawaiian course that only a select number of amateur or professional golfers ever manage to play is the very private David McLay Kidd layout at Nanea. Opened in 2003, it’s a world class design that would feature far higher in the rankings if more raters were able to get a game there.
Our Hawaii Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2016. Click the link to read the story.