1. Mauna Kea Golf Course – Kamuela, Big Island
This Robert Trent Jones Sr. design transformed what was seemingly a barren lava field into what is now one of Hawaii’s most popular courses. Built in 1964, this now 7,370 yard par-72 was the first resort on the Big Island and was christened by golf’s original “Big Three” which consisted of Nicklaus, Palmer and Player. The challenging layout has holes right along the water as well as over 300 feet above sea level, which lends itself to incredible panoramic views, featuring the snow-capped Mauna Kea. See the course.