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Just try to concentrate. Focus on your swing and not the pristine, black lava-lined fairways and palm tree-speckled greens. Block out the crystal blue waters and the rhythmic crash of waves just beyond the bunker. Try your best to forget that you're playing on one of the most beautiful golf courses you've ever seen. It may take a few holes, but you'll get used to it.

With some of Hawaii's most magnificent courses to choose from, some crafted by the biggest names in course design, Hawaii's Big Island is known as the "Golf Capital of Hawaii." Discover courses along the Kohala Coast, such as the Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, the championship Francis H. Ii Brown courses of the Mauna Lani Resort and the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed courses at Mauna Kea Resort. Not to be outdone, play the two courses of the Waikoloa Beach Resort designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and the Ocean Course and Alii Mountain Course of the Kona Country Club. Discover a variety of other hidden gems throughout Hawaii's Big Island and play amongst the striking contrasts of lush green fairways, pure white bunkers, jet-black lava flows and turquoise Pacific waters. Hit a bad shot and you can always blame it on the Big Island. Views like this justify a mulligan.

Here's a full list of Hawaii's Big Island golf courses:

  • Sea Mountain Golf Course
  • Volcano Golf & Country Club

  • Hamakua Country Club
  • Waimea Country Club

  • Big Island Country Club
  • Kona Country Club - Mountain Course
  • Kona Country Club - Ocean Course
  • Makalei Golf Club

North Kohala
  • Hapuna Golf Course
  • Mauna Kea Golf Course

Kohala Coast
  • Mauna Lani Resort - Francis H. Ii Brown North Course
  • Mauna Lani Resort - Francis H. Ii Brown South Course
  • Waikoloa Beach Resort - Beach Course
  • Waikoloa Beach Resort - Kings' Course
  • Waikoloa Village Golf Club

  • Hilo Municipal Golf Course
  • Naniloa Country Club