Feel like a change of scenery?Four courses within driving distance of the Kohala Coast fit the bill nicely.
KONA COUNTRY CLUB, OCEAN AND MOUNTAIN COURSES
78-7000 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona; 808-322-2595. Ocean Course Yardage: 6,806. Par: 72. Slope: 129. Mountain Course Yardage: 6,673. Par: 72. Slope: 133. Architects: William Bell (Ocean course); Bell, Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright (Mountain course). Green fee: $160. T&L GOLF Rating:***½ for each
When it's windy elsewhere, Kona can be calm, and the Mountain course has perhaps the most spectacular views on the island.
MAKALEI HAWAII COUNTRY CLUB
72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road, Kailua-Kona; 808-325-6625. Yardage: 7,041. Par: 72. Slope: 143. Architect: Dick Nugent. Green fees: $110; twilight $50. T&L GOLF Rating:***
Several thousand feet above the coastline, this layout rivals Kona Country Club for its views. A very tough layout, and often windy.
WAIMEA COUNTRY CLUB
47-5220 Mamalahoa Hwy. (Hwy. 19), Waimea; 808-885-8777. Yardage: 6,661. Par: 72. Slope: 130. Architect: John Sanford. Green fee: $85. T&L GOLF Rating:***½
A cooler, sometimes rainy, often windy links-like course with stands of eucalyptus trees.