Best Golf Courses to Golf at on the Big Island: Mauna Lani South Course

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Mauna Lani is one of the nicest resorts on the Big Island, and it is also home to two incredible golf courses. I played both the South and the North Course, and each of them had their pros and cons.

Mauna Lani’s South Course is its more popular course, as it is located along the ocean (with more than a couple holes being played right alongside the ocean). It is also famous among older golfers because it was the home of the annual Senior Skins Games that took place from 1990-2000. These games included greats such as Jack Nicklaus.

Mauna Lani’s South Course is one of the nicest courses I have ever played, and both the greens and fairways are in impeccable condition. I personally love playing alongside the water as well (as long as I don’t hit it into the ocean), so this was a huge plus for the South Course in my opinion.

While there are a ton of great courses on the Big Island, a lot of them are private and hard to get onto if you do not know the right people. Mauna Lani’s South Course is one of the nicest courses on the Big Island that is open to the public. Rates are expensive though, especially for non-Kamaaina, so it would likely be best to just try it once (or buy the package that lets you play multiple times)!

Mauna Lani South Course Recommendation Rating: 3

This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


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