Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Hawaii

Few destinations are as coveted for spectacular resort golf as the islands of Hawaii. But it's also a state that is wonderfully accommodating to locals, too. With that in mind, we uncovered the Top 20 golf courses in Hawaii based on your ratings and reviews from the past year. The results feature a mix of high-end resort experiences and more affordable, public courses. The list is spread out quite evenly throughout the four largest golf islands, and there's a course for any budget, whether you're ka'amaina or not.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

Don't see your favorite Hawaii golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in Hawaii in 2016

Course layout: Makaha Valley
Course conditions: Princeville Makai Golf Club
Value: Pukalani Country Club
Off-course amenities: Ko Olina Golf Club
Pace of play: Princeville Makai Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Makaha Valley

Top 20 courses in Hawaii in 2016

Lahaina, Maui


Lihue, Kauai


Kailua Kona, Big Island


Wailuku, Maui


Kapolei, Oahu


Waipahu, Oahu


Waianae, Oahu


Pukalani, Maui


Koloa, Kauai


Kihei, Maui


Kohala Coast, Big Island


Kohala Coast, Big Island


Kapolei, Oahu


Wailea, Maui


Lihue, Kauai


Kahuku, Oahu


Waikoloa, Big Island


Ewa Beach, Oahu


Lahaina, Maui


Princeville, Kauai


Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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My parents lived at Waikoloa Village for 19 years and that golf course is a goat ranch compared to MAUNA KEA. Can’t even believe it’s on the list of 20.

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