Hawaii is one of the most coveted warm-weather golf trips on the planet. It's also one of the most expensive, especially if you're looking to stay at a nice golf resort. But right now there is a serious cheat code that can get you there on the cheap.
Southwest Airlines starts their much-anticipated service to the Hawaiian islands March 17th and their promotional fares at the moment are seriously low, as low as $29-49. Those will be tough to find, but even still, I found flights to Maui from Austin (connecting in California) for about $350 round trip.
For comparison, I went to Hawaii several times from around 2006-2010 (I am overdue to return, that's for sure). The flight was never less than about $600-700 from Texas and it was usually much more.
I'm typically a glass half full guy when it comes to air travel and I'm a Southwest fanboy for several reasons: two free checked bags (including golf clubs), the efficient and fair boarding procedures, and the fact they treat family travelers better than any other domestic airline. They've also avoided the whole "basic economy phenomenon" that ropes you in with low fares only to drop the hammer on seat selection and carry-on bag rules.
So for me (and you!), Southwest to Hawaii is a game-changer. Even when this promotion ends, added route competition in the marketplace will help keep fares honest. And while the best Hawaii resort golf courses will run you $200-plus a pop, there are plenty of casual and daily-fee facilities, many of whom were recognized in our 2018 Top 20 courses (Like Wailua and Pukalani). You can find $50-100 golf pretty easily in the islands.
Domestic flights in the last couple years have actually been pretty reasonable, thanks in part to an oil market that has been stable. Long-haul flights to Europe and abroad are also historically very low. Maybe the skies are still friendly after all.