|For the golf enthusiast||
If you are heading to the Big Island Hawaii to play golf then fill up your wallet with cash because it can be expensive to play there. On the Big Island, there are many signature courses to try and if you have deep pockets, there are plenty of golf resorts that will take your money. But if you want to play daily or save money then read on.
Before you leave the mainland, go and check the usual sites for discount golf in Hawaii. I like TeeOff.com the most because they have all the popular courses and the rates are the best. Look up Big Island and enter the dates you will be there. With Teeoff.com, you will be limited to a window of about 7 days. If you are going to Big Island in two weeks then this is the week you need to look up and book your tee times. Booking ahead will be key because you will be able to print your confirmation and bring it with you to check in.
Before looking up discounted rounds, it is important to find out when sunset is. Google the sunset time for the Big Island and give yourself ample time to finish a round. Resort rounds can take up to 5 hours so make sure you don't book anything before sunset that doesn't give you enough flexibility. If you do, be prepared to either hurry your round or finish up without playing the full 18.
The courses to look for are:
These are great courses to play and they won't break the bank. If you haven't play these courses yet, do so. I highly recommend all of them.
For other courses, the green fee is just too high. This includes Mauna Kea and Hualulai.
Another recommendation is the Kona Country Club but at the time of writing, it was closed for renovations.
Play where the Locals play
Playing golf in Hawaii can be expensive if you don't know where to go. The reason is because Hawaii has the best climate all year round and it is considered one of the best destinations to go to anytime of the year.
If you want to play golf and save money, play the courses that the locals play. Stay away from the resort courses that charge over $150 per round.
Big Island Country Club is popular among the locals because of its layout and beauty. If you want to feel like a PGA player, try their signature hole at #17 where from the white tees, you have to hit an island green from 140 yards. It is a beautiful course with lots of water and wildlife.
Makalei Golf Course is another popular course among the locals because of its wildlife and interesting layout. The course features a lot of elevation changes and is very challenging because of the hilly terrain. Watch out for wild turkeys and peacocks at every hole.