The Waikoloa Beach Course
Opened in 1981, the Robert Trent Jones II-designed Beach Course is Big Island Golf at its finest. A classic resort-style layout, it won’t beat you up with length, better players will appreciate the strategic shot values required, and everyone will thrill at its beauty.
Generous from the front tees, with large greens and low-lipped bunkers to reward the social golfer and challenging from the back tees, for even the most skilled and avid player, the Beach Course makes a wonderfully memorable Big Island golf experience.
Mid-handicappers will tee it up from the 5,958-yard white markers (men) or the 5,122-yard red tees (women), where generous fairways will keep the ball in play with the driver. Low-lipped bunkers and large greens also add to the chances for a good score on the Beach Course.
But what makes the Beach Course one of the most popular on Hawaii Island is the amazing views, particularly as players reach No. 7 tee box. The Pacific Ocean is straight before you, while lava fields border the fairway on the left and right. A good tee ball should find the wide fairway, but beware, the wind can blow harder here by the shoreline than elsewhere on the course, so aim wisely. From the landing zone, the par-5 hole doglegs hard left, and a smart layup will leave you a short wedge to a putting surface ringed by swaying coconut palms and crashing waves. Putt out for par and then pose for a selfie with your companions on this most scenic hole.
Throughout this enjoyable course, designer Jones made creative use of lava and water, taking into account the prevailing trade winds. Better players have the opportunity to go low and make birdies, but families and new golfers will also enjoy the course for the sheer fun it allows.