Golf with a View

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - EXPLORE -

Take a Golf Les­son

Named one of the top golf schools in Amer­ica by Golf Mag­a­zine, Dar­rin Gee’s Spirit of Golf Academy is a Big Is­land must for all avid and as­pir­ing golfers. Ac­cord­ing to the academy, some of its pa­trons have cut as many as 22 strokes with just one les­son.

Golf pioneer, in­no­va­tor and men­tal-golf guru Dar­rin Gee cre­ated the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Seven Prin­ci­ples of Golf, which is taught to golfers of all lev­els us­ing his ef­fort­less, ef­fec­tive and cut­ting-edge golf-in­struc­tion tech­nique.

The Spirit of Golf Academy will in­spire you to achieve your goal to be­come a scratch golfer, break 90 or sim­ply have fun with friends and fam­ily. From­mer’s Travel Guides has awarded the Spirit of Golf Academy its high­est rat­ing year af­ter year. Half-day clin­ics in­clude in­struc­tion, clubs, range balls and re­fresh­ments. • Dar­rin Gee’s Spirit of Golf Academy (808) 887-6800

Golf from the Moun­tains to the Sea

Whether you pre­fer to play in a cool, misty cli­mate rem­i­nis­cent of Scot­land or so close to the Pa­cific that you have to wipe salt spray off your clubs, the Big Is­land has all you need for a great day at the links.

Sunny South Ko­hala is home to sev­eral fine golf re­sorts: Mauna Kea Re­sort, with its Ha­puna Golf Course, is ranked by Golf Di­gest as one of the best golf re­sorts in North Amer­ica. A few miles south are the Mauna Lani North and South cour­ses, carved out of black lava rock into a vis­ually stun­ning lay­out. At the Waikoloa Re­sort, an­other lava desert is “crunched” into soft, vel­vety greens at the Beach Course and King’s Course.

Kona of­fers the Hualalai Golf Club at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort, which hosts the pres­ti­gious Se­nior PGA Tour MasterCard Cham­pi­onship in Jan­uary. The course, how­ever, is nor­mally re­served for re­sort guests or in­vited pa­trons. For pub­lic play, the Kona Coun­try Club in Keauhou of­fers two 18-hole cour­ses that lit­er­ally run from the moun­tains to the sea.

The Big Is­land has sev­eral up­land golf cour­ses: Big Is­land Coun­try Club near Waimea; Makalei Golf Club, which lies on the slopes of Hualalai; Waikoloa Vil­lage Golf Course; and Waimea Coun­try Club.

In Hilo, the 18-hole Hilo Mu­nic­i­pal Golf Course (“the muni”) is a must play. The Naniloa Coun­try Club, in the heart of the Banyon Drive area, is a cute nine-hole course. The Ha­makua Coun­try Club in Honoka‘a is also a nine-hole course. Vol­cano Golf & Coun­try Club is one of the only cour­ses in the world built on a live vol­cano. Sea Moun­tain Golf Course is lo­cated close to the south­ern point of the is­land.

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