Best Beginner Golf Courses in Hawaii

New to golf? There's no prettier place to learn than the palm tree-studded courses of Hawaii. The islands are no stranger to championship level golf courses, but they're also packed with courses excellent for beginners. If you're lucky enough to be staying at one of Hawaii's golf vacation rentals, you may not have to worry about getting your clubs on the plane: many golf rentals have clubs on-site for renters' use. Ready to hit the course? Here are the eight best golf courses for beginners in Hawaii.

  1. Ala Wai Golf Course , Honolulu. This 18-hole Waikiki course offers flat and straightforward play perfect for beginners. Tee off near views of Diamond Head and the Koolau mountain range. Luckily for busy vacationers, there's usually no struggle to get a good tee time at this par 70 course.
  2. Kahuku Golf Course , Kahuku. If you're looking to start golfing without breaking the bank or facing pro golfers' snobbery, this is where to start. Boasting just nine holes and no club house, this state-owned municipal course has no tee times - just show up and start golfing. However, if you want a little ocean with your golf game, this is one of only three oceanfront courses on Oahu. You can't beat Kahuko's spectacular ocean views...or its price.
  3. Bay View Golf Park , Kaneohe. Few would argue that there are better places to improve your game than Bay View Golf Course. This reasonably-priced golf park includes an 18-hole course stocked with par threes and a few par fours, but it's not without a few challenges, especially on the later holes. Enjoy views of Chinamen's Hat and Kaneohe Bay while you play. The Bay View Golf Park also has two miniature putting courses and a large driving range.
  4. Pali Golf Course , Kaneohe. Built in 1953, Pali Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on Oahu, and its’ jungle-like setting makes it feel straight out of ancient times. This 18-hole, par 72 course has a casual feel and offers great play for beginners, but be sure to watch out for the winds coming off the Ko'olau mountains.
  5. Hawaii Kai Executive Course , Honolulu. Hawaii Kai is a beautiful golf mecca known for two courses: the Championship course and the Executive. Go easy on yourself and stick with the Executive. Play beside the stunning Makapuu Point Cliffside and the Pacific Ocean - if you're lucky, you may be able to see a whale jumping off the shore.
  6. Ted Makalena Golf Course , Waipahu. The Ted Makalena course is one of the flattest on Oahu. Named for the first winner of the PGA Hawaiian Open, this par-71 course boasts breathtaking views of Pearl Harbor.
  7. Kukuiolono Golf Course, Kalaheo. Known as one of Kauai's "best-kept secrets," the Kukuiolono Golf Course is one of the few beginner-appropriate courses not located on Oahu. This nine-hole course was originally the personal course of a sugar planter, William McBryde of McBryde Sugar. Upon his death, McBryde donated the course to Kauai. Today's golfers can thank the sugar king as they pass his grave near the eighth hole.
  8. Old Blue Golf Course , Wailea Golf Club, Kihei. Called the "Grand Lady of Wailea," the Old Blue Golf Course is the oldest and easiest offering at the famous Wailea Golf Club. Enjoy views of bright blue waters and Maui's sister islands to the one side of Old Blue and the towering dormant volcano, Mount Haleakala, on the other. If you've survived Old Blue and enjoyed playing at Wailea, try the Club's other offerings: the Emerald and Gold courses.

Regardless of which courses you decide to take on, you will definitely improve your game or least enjoy the view walking through some of the most scenic golf courses around.

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