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Golf

Ironwood Hills Golf Course

. Like the other 9-hole plantation-era courses with which it shares lineage, Ironwood Hills is not for everyone. It helps if you like to play laid-back golf with locals and can handle occasionally rugged conditions. On the plus side, most holes here offer lovely views of the ocean. Fairways are

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grass and run through pine, ironwood, and eucalyptus trees. Carts are rented, but there's not always someone there to rent you a cart—in which case, there's a wooden box for your green fee (honor system), and happy walking. Kalae Hwy., Kualapuu, 96757. 9 holes. 3088 yds. Par 35. Green Fee: $20. Facilities: Putting green, golf carts, pull carts.

Golf

Unlike on the Neighbor Islands, the majority of Oahu's golf courses are not associated with hotels and resorts. In fact, of the island's three-dozen-plus courses, only five are tied to lodging and none of them are in the tourist hub of Waikiki.

Green fees listed here are the highest course rates per round on weekdays and weekends for U.S. residents. (Some courses charge non-U.S. residents higher prices.) Discounts are often available for resort guests and for those who book tee times on the Web. Twilight fees are usually offered, call individual courses for information.

Tips for the Green

Before you head out to the first tee, there are a few things you should know about golf in Hawaii:

All resort courses and many daily fee courses provide rental clubs. In many cases, they're the latest lines from Titleist, Ping, Callaway, and the like. This is true for both men and women, as well as lefthanders, which means you don't have to schlep clubs across the Pacific.

Most courses offer deals varying from twilight discount rates to frequent-visitor's discounts, even for tourists. Ask questions when calling pro shops, don't just accept their first quotes; deals abound if you persist.

Pro shops at most courses are well-stocked with balls, tees, and other accoutrements, so even if you bring your own bag, it needn't weigh a ton.

Come spikeless—very few Hawaii courses still permit metal spikes.

Sunscreen. Buy it, apply it (minimum 30 SPF). The subtropical rays of the sun are intense, even in December.

Resort courses, in particular, offer more than the usual three sets of tees, sometimes four or five. So bite off as much or little challenge as you like. Tee it up from the tips and you'll end up playing a few 600-yard par-5s and see a few 250-yard forced carries.

In theory, you can play golf in Hawaii 365 days a year. But there's a reason the Hawaiian islands are so green. Better to bring an umbrella and light jacket and not use them than to not bring them and get soaked.

Unless you play a muni or certain daily fee courses, plan on taking a cart. Riding carts are mandatory at most courses and are included in the green fees.

Waikiki

Ala Wai Municipal Golf Course

. Just across the Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki, Ala Wai is said to host more rounds than any other U.S. course. Not that it's a great course, just really convenient, being Honolulu's only public "city course." Although residents can obtain a city golf card that allows automated tee-time reservations over the phone, the best bet for a visitor is to show up and expect to wait at least an hour. The course itself is flat. Robin Nelson did some redesign work in the 1990s, adding mounding, trees, and a lake. The Ala Wai Canal comes into play on several holes on the back nine, including the treacherous 18th. 404 Kapahulu Ave., Waikiki, Honolulu. Tel. 808/733-7387; 808/739-1900 golf shop. 18 holes. 5861 yds. Par 70. Green Fee: $42. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Honolulu

Moanalua Country Club

. Said to be (but not without dispute) the oldest golf club west of the Rockies, this 9-holer is private but allows public play except on weekend and holiday mornings. It's a bit quirky, but the final two holes, a par-3 off a cliff to a smallish tree-rimmed green and a par-4 with an approach to a green set snugly between stream and jungle, are classic. 1250 Ala Aolani St.Tel. 808/839-2411. 9 holes. 3062 yds. Par 36. Green Fee: $31.50. Facilities: Putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, restaurant, bar.

Southeast Oahu

Hawaii Kai Golf Course

. The

Championship Golf Course

(William F. Bell, 1973) winds through a Honolulu suburb at the foot of Koko Crater. Homes (and the liability of a broken window) come into play on many holes, but that is offset by views of the nearby Pacific and a crafty routing of holes. With several lakes, lots of trees, and bunkers in all the wrong places, Hawaii Kai really is a "championship" golf course, especially when the trade winds howl. The

Executive Course

(1962), a par-55 track, is the first of only three courses in Hawaii built by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Although a few changes have been made to his original design, you can find the usual Jones attributes, including raised greens and lots of risk-reward options. 8902 Kalanianaole Hwy., Hawaii Kai. Tel. 808/395-2358. www.hawaiikaigolf.com. Championship Course: 18 holes. 6222 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $90/$100. Executive Course: 18 holes. 2223 yds. Par 54. Green Fee: $37/$42. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Windward Oahu

Kahuku Municipal Golf Course

. The only true links course in Hawaii, this 9-hole muni is not for everyone. Maintenance is an ongoing issue, and in summer it can look a bit like the Serengeti. It's walking-only (a few pull-carts are available for rent); there's no pro shop, just a starter who sells lost-and-found balls; and the 19th hole is a soda machine and a covered picnic bench. And yet... the course stretches out along the blue Pacific where surf crashes on the shore, the turf underfoot is spongy, sea mist drifts across the links, and wildflowers bloom in the rough. 56-501 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku. Tel. 808/293-5842. 9 holes. 2699 yds. Par 35. Green Fee: $10 for 9 holes. Facilities: Putting green, pull carts.

Koolau Golf Club

. Koolau Golf Club is marketed as the toughest golf course in Hawaii and one of the most challenging in the country. Dick Nugent and Jack Tuthill (1992) routed 10 holes over jungle ravines that require at least a 110-yard carry. The par-4 18th may be the most difficult closing hole in golf. The tee shot from the regular tees must carry 200 yards of ravine, 250 from the blue tees. The approach shot is back across the ravine, 200 yards to a well-bunkered green. Set at the Windward base of the Koolau Mountains, the course is as much beauty as beast. Kaneohe Bay is visible from most holes, orchids and yellow ginger bloom, the shama thrush (Hawaii's best singer since Don Ho) chirrups, and waterfalls flute down the sheer, green mountains above. 45-550 Kionaole Rd., Kaneohe. Tel. 808/236-4653. www.koolaugolfclub.com. 18 holes. 7310 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $135. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy, restaurant, bar.

Luana Hills Country Club

. In the cool, lush Maunawili Valley, Pete and Perry Dye created what can only be called target jungle golf. In other words, the rough is usually dense jungle, and you may not hit driver on three of the four par-5s, or several par-4s, including the perilous 18th that plays off a cliff to a narrow green protected by a creek. Mt. Olomana's twin peaks tower over Luana Hills. The back nine wanders deep into the valley, and includes an island green (par-3 11th) and perhaps the loveliest inland hole in Hawaii (par-4 12th). 770 Auloa Rd., Kailua. Tel. 808/262-2139. www.luanahills.com. 18 holes. 6164 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $125. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Olomana Golf Links

. Bob and Robert L. Baldock are the architects of record for this layout, but so much has changed since it opened in 1969 that they would recognize little of it. A turf specialist was brought in to improve fairways and greens, tees were rebuilt, new bunkers added, and mangroves cut back to make better use of natural wetlands. But what really puts Olomana on the map is that this is where wunderkind Michelle Wie learned the game. 41-1801 Kalanianaole Hwy., Waimanalo. Tel. 808/259-7926. www.olomanagolflinks.com. 18 holes. 6326 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $80. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

North Shore

Turtle Bay Resort & Spa

. When the Lazarus of golf courses, the

Fazio Course

at Turtle Bay (George Fazio, 1971), rose from the dead in 2002, Turtle Bay on Oahu's rugged North Shore became a premier golf destination. Two holes had been plowed under when the

Palmer Course

at Turtle Bay (Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, 1992) was built, while the other seven lay fallow, and the front nine remained open. Then new owners came along and re-created holes 13 and 14 using Fazio's original plans, and the Fazio became whole again. It's a terrific track with 90 bunkers. The gem at Turtle Bay, though, is the Palmer Course. The front nine is mostly open as it skirts Punahoolapa Marsh, a nature sanctuary, while the back nine plunges into the wetlands and winds along the coast. The short par-4 17th runs along the rocky shore, with a diabolical string of bunkers cutting diagonally across the fairway from tee to green. 57-049 Kuilima Dr., Kahuku. Tel. 808/293-8574. www.turtlebayresort.com. Fazio Course: 18 holes. 6535 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $160. Palmer Course: 18 holes. 7199 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $185. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Kapolei & Central Oahu

Coral Creek Golf Course

. On the Ewa Plain, 4 mi inland, Coral Creek is cut from ancient coral—left from when this area was still under water. Robin Nelson (1999) does some of his best work in making use of the coral, and of some dynamite, blasting out portions to create dramatic lakes and tee and green sites. They could just as easily call it Coral Cliffs, thanks to the 30- to 40-foot cliffs Nelson created. These include the par-3 10th green's grotto and waterfall, and the vertical drop-off on the right side of the par-4 18th green. An ancient creek meanders across the course, but there's not much water, just enough to be a babbling nuisance. 91-1111 Geiger Rd., Ewa Beach. Tel. 808/441-4653. www.coralcreekgolfhawaii.com. 18 holes. 6818 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $130. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Hawaii Country Club

. Also known as Kunia, but not to be confused with Royal Kunia a few miles away, this course is in the middle of sugarcane fields and dates to plantation times. Several par-4s are driveable, including the 9th and 18th holes. This is a fun course, but a bit rough around the edges. 94-1211 Kunia Rd., Wahiawa. Tel. 808/621-5654. www.hawaiicc.com. 18 holes. 5910 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $55/$ 65. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Hawaii Prince Golf Course

. Affiliated with the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Golf Course (not to be confused with the Prince Course at Princeville, Kauai) has a links feel to it, and it is popular with local charity fund-raiser golf tournaments. Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay (1991) took what had been flat, featureless sugarcane fields and sculpted 27 challenging, varied holes. Mounding breaks up the landscape, as do 10 lakes. Water comes into play on six holes of the A course, three of B, and seven of C. The most difficult combination is A and C (A and B from the forward tees). 91-1200 Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa Beach. Tel. 808/944-4567. www.princeresortshawaii.com. A Course: 9 holes. 3138 yds. Par 36. B Course: 9 holes. 3099 yds. Par 36. C Course: 9 holes. 3076 yds. Par 36. Green Fee: $140. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Kapolei Golf Course

. This is a Ted Robinson water wonderland with waterfalls and four lakes—three so big they have names—coming into play on 10 holes. Set on rolling terrain, Kapolei is a serious golf course, especially when the wind blows. 91-701 Farrington Hwy., Kapolei. Tel. 808/674-2227. 18 holes. 7001 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $140/$150. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Mililani Golf Course

. Located on Oahu's central plain, Mililani is usually a few degrees cooler than downtown, 25 minutes away. The eucalyptus trees through which the course plays add to the cool factor and stands of Norfolk pines give Mililani a "mainland course" feel. Bob and Robert L. Baldock (1966) make good use of an old irrigation ditch reminiscent of a Scottish burn. 95-176 Kuahelani Ave., Mililani. Tel. 808/623-2222. www.mililanigolf.com. 18 holes. 6455 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $95. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

New Ewa Beach Golf Club

. A private course open to the public, New Ewa is one of the delightful products of the too brief collaboration of Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright (1992). Trees are very much part of the character here, but there are also elements of links golf, such as a double green shared by the 2nd and 16th holes. 91-050 Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa Beach. Tel. 808/689-6565. 18 holes. 6124 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $95. Facilities: Putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant.

Pearl Country Club

. Carved in the hillside high above Pearl Harbor, the 18 holes here are really two courses. The front nine rambles out along gently sloping terrain, while the back nine zig-zags up and down a steeper portion of the slope as it rises into the Koolau Mountains. The views of Pearl Harbor are breathtaking. 98-535 Kaonohi St., Aiea. Tel. 808/487-3802. www.pearlcc.com. 18 holes. 6230 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $100/$110. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Royal Kunia Country Club

. At one time the PGA Tour considered buying Royal Kunia Country Club and hosting the Sony Open there. It's that good. Every hole offers fabulous views from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor to the nearby Waianae Mountains. Robin Nelson's eye for natural sight lines and dexterity with water features adds to the visual pleasure. 94-1509 Anonui St., Waipahu. Tel. 808/688-9222. www.royalkuniacc.com. 18 holes. 7007 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $135. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant.

Waikele Golf Course

. Outlet stores are not the only bargain at Waikele. The adjacent golf course is a daily-fee course that offers a private clublike atmosphere and a terrific Ted Robinson (1992) layout. The target off the tee is Diamond Head, with Pearl Harbor to the right. Robinson's water features are less distinctive here, but define the short par-4 4th hole, with a lake running down the left side of the fairway and guarding the green; and the par-3 17th, which plays across a lake. The par-4 18th is a terrific closing hole, with a lake lurking on the right side of the green. 94-200 Paioa Pl., Waipahu. Tel. 808/676-9000. www.golfwaikele.com. 18 holes. 6261 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $125. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

West Loch Municipal Golf Course

. The best of Honolulu's municipal courses, this Robin Nelson (1991) design plays along Pearl Harbor's West Loch. In the process of building the course wetlands were actually expanded, increasing bird habitat. 91-1126 Okupe St., Ewa Beach. Tel. 808/675-6076. 18 holes. 6335 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $42. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, restaurant.

West Oahu

KoOlina Golf Club

. Hawaii's golden age of golf-course architecture came to Oahu when KoOlina Golf Club opened in 1989. Ted Robinson, king of the water features, went splash-happy here, creating nine lakes that come into play on eight holes, including the par-3 12th, where you reach the tee by driving behind a Disney-like waterfall. Tactically, though, the most dramatic is the par-4 18th, where the approach is a minimum 120 yards across a lake to a two-tiered green guarded on the left by a cascading waterfall. Today, KoOlina, affiliated with the adjacent Ihilani Resort and Spa (guests receive discounted rates), has matured into one of Hawaii's top courses. You can niggle about routing issues—the first three holes play into the trade winds (and the morning sun), and two consecutive par-5s on the back nine play into the trades—but Robinson does enough solid design to make those of passing concern. 92-1220 Aliinui Dr., Kapolei. Tel. 808/676-5300. www.koolinagolf.com. 18 holes. 6867 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $170. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy, restaurant, bar.

Makaha Resort Golf Club

. Known locally as Makaha West, this William F. Bell classic design (1969) remains one of the island's true gems, and a serious golf course where subtle elevation changes, if not duly noted, can significantly affect scores. The back nine plays up into Makaha Valley. Roving peacocks make Makaha West one of the island's most colorful layouts. 84-626 Makaha Valley Rd., Waianae. Tel. 808/695-7519. www.makaharesort.com. 18 holes. 7077 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $160/$125. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Makaha Valley Country Club

. This course (William F. Bell, 1968), known locally as Makaha East, is indeed a valley course, taking great advantage of the steep valley walls and natural terrain. It's shorter than the nearby West course, but offers plenty of challenge from the back tees. The double-dogleg, downhill-uphill, par-5 18th is a doozy of a closer. 84-627 Makaha Valley Rd., Waianae. Tel. 808/695-9578. www.makahavalleycc.com. 18 holes. 6091 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $60/$70. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Municipal Golf Courses

We don't have room to mention every muni on Oahu, so here are three more you may want to consider. Your best bet for a tee time is to call the day-of and inquire about walk-on availability. Green fees are standard at city courses, $42 walking rate, riding cart $8 per person, pull carts $4.

Ewa Villages Golf Course Municipal

. 91-1760 Park Row St., Ewa Beach. Tel. 808/681-0220. 18 holes. 6455 yds. Par 73.

Pali Golf Course Municipal

. 45-050 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe. Tel. 808/266-7612. 18 holes. 6524 yds. Par 72.

Ted Makalena Golf Course Municipal

. 93-059 Waipio Pt. Access Rd., Waipahu. Tel. 808/675-6052. 18 holes. 5946 yds. Par 71.

Golf Locations
1 Ke Nani Kai
Ke Nani Kai

Maunaloa, HI 96770

These pleasant one- and two-bedroom condo units have ocean views and nicely maintained tropical landscaping. Furnished lanai have flower-laden trellises and the spacious interiors are decorated with rattans and pastels. Each unit has a washer-dryer unit and a fully equipped kitchen. The beach is across the road. Pros:

located on island's secluded west end; Internet; uncrowded pool.

Cons:

amenities vary as each unit is individually owned; far from commercial center; golf course units overlook abandoned course. www.molokai-vacation-rental.net. 120 units. In-room: no a/c, kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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2 Paniolo Hale
Paniolo Hale

Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Perched high on a ridge overlooking a favored local surfing spot, Paniolo Hale is Molokai's best condominium property. Architecturally elegant studios and one- or two-bedroom units all have beautiful screened lanai, well-equipped kitchens, and washers and dryers; some have spectacular ocean views. Rooms are tidy and simple and many are beautifully furnished with ample lounging areas. The property boasts mature tropical landscaping and a private serene setting. Pros:

close to beach; quiet surroundings; perfect if you are an expert surfer.

Cons:

amenities vary; far from shopping; golf course units front abandoned course; three-night minimum. www.molokai-vacation-rental.net. 77 units. In-room: a/c (some), kitchen, Internet (some). In-hotel: pool, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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3 Kaluakoi Hotel and Golf Club
Kaluakoi Hotel and Golf Club

Maunaloa, HI 96770

This late-1960s resort passed through several owners, and is now closed and forlorn. The last owner, Molokai Ranch, has given up resort operations and is no longer maintaining the property. The abandoned golf course and landscaping is dying, and the buildings are boarded up. Some very nice condos are still operating nearby, however, and the white sand beach along the coast (Kepuhi Beach) is still worth a visit.

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4 Hawaii Prince Hotel & Golf Club Waikiki
Hawaii Prince Hotel & Golf Club Waikiki
100 Holomoana St.
Honolulu, HI 96815

This slim high-rise fronts Ala Wai Yacht Harbor at the ewa (west) edge of Waikiki, close to Honolulu's downtown business districts, the convention center, and Ala Moana's outdoor mall. There's no beach here, but Ala Moana Beach Park is a 10-minute stroll away along the harbor, and the hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service around Waikiki and its surrounding beaches. It's the only resort in Waikiki with a golf course—the 27-hole Arnold Palmer-designed course is in Ewa Beach, about a 45-minute ride via complimentary shuttle from the hotel. The sleek, modern Prince looks to Asia both in its high-style decor and such pampering touches as the traditional oshiburi

(chilled hand towel) for refreshment upon check-in. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor—ideal for sunsets—make up for the lack of lanai.

Pros:

Fantastic views, all very elegant, easy exit from complicated-to-maneuver Waikiki.

Cons:

Can feel a bit stuffy as it caters more to business travelers. www.hawaiiprincehotel.com. 521 rooms, 57 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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5 J. W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
J. W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
92-1001 Olani St.
Kapolei, HI 96707

Forty-five minutes and a world away from the bustle of Waikiki, this sleek, 17-story resort anchors the still-developing Ko Olina Resort and Marina on Oahu's Leeward coastline. Honeymooners, NFL Pro-Bowlers, and even local residents looking for a Neighbor Island experience without the hassle of catching a flight come to Ihilani for first-class R&R. The resort sits on one of KoOlina's seven lagoons and has a luau cove, tennis garden, wedding chapel, yacht marina, spa, and a Ted Robinson-designed 18-hole championship golf facility. The 650-square-foot rooms are luxurious, with lulling color schemes, marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, spacious private lanai with teak furnishings; and high-tech control systems for lighting and temperature. Introduced in 2007, Hawaii's only allergy-friendly rooms are equipped with tea-tree-oil-infused air purifiers that remove allergens from the room within 15 minutes and with hypoallergenic fabrics, specially treated to reduce contaminants and irritants. Most rooms have views. Pros:

Beautiful property, impeccable service, pool is stunning at night.

Cons:

A bit of a drive from Honolulu, rental car a necessity. www.ihilani.com. 387 rooms, 36 suites. In-room: safe. In-hotel: restaurants, golf course, pools, tennis courts, spa, beach, children's programs. Credit cards accepted.

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6 The Kahala
The Kahala
5000 Kahala Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816

Hidden away in the wealthy residential neighborhood of Kahala (on the other side of Diamond Head from Waikiki), this elegant oceanfront hotel has played host to both presidents and princesses as one of Hawaii's very first luxury resorts. The Kahala is flanked by the exclusive Waialae Golf Links and the Pacific Ocean—surrounding it in a natural tranquility. Pathways meander out along a walkway with benches tucked into oceanfront nooks for lazy viewing offering an "outer island" experience only 10 minutes from Waikiki and Honolulu. The expansive oceanfront Chi Fitness Center offers outdoor yoga and Pilates. Fine dining is available at Hokus, or the poolside bar and grill will serve at your lounge chair on the beach. The reef not far from shore makes the waters here calm enough for young kids. You can also sign up for dolphin interactions in the 26,000-square-foot-lagoon. The rooms, decorated in an understated Island style with mahogany furniture, are spacious (550 square feet), with bathrooms with two vanities, and lanai big enough for a lounge chair. If you're a golf-lover visiting the second week of January, ask for a room overlooking the course for a bird's-eye view of the PGA Sony Open from your lanai. Pros:

Away from hectic Waikiki, beautiful rooms and public spaces, heavenly spa.

Cons:

Waikiki is a drive away. www.kahalaresort.com. 306 rooms, 32 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa, beach, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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7 Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club
Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club
92-161 Waipahe Pl.
, HI 96707

If you have your heart set on getting away to Oahu's western shores, check out this hotel and (primarily) vacation-ownership property. Rooms range from hotel-style standard guest rooms to expansive and elegantly appointed one- or two-bedroom apartments. Interior decor soothes in rich reds, greens, and creamy soft yellows, with furnishings made of rare Hawaiian koa wood. The larger villas (1,240 square feet) have three TVs, full kitchens, and separate living and dining areas. On 30 acres of Ko Olina, fronting a lagoon, this resort has two pools (one with sandy-beach bottom), a fitness center, barbecue areas, and four outdoor hot tubs, including one overlooking the ocean that's ideal for sunset soaks. Guests can choose from two restaurants on the property or purchase groceries at The Market, on-site. Pros:

Suites are beautifully decorated and ample for families, nice views.

Cons:

40-minute drive to Honolulu, ongoing construction at other properties nearby. www.marriottvacationclub.com. 300 units. In-room: safe, kitchen, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, beach, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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8 The Turtle Bay Resort
The Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kahuku, HI 96731

Some 880 acres of raw natural Hawaii landscape are your playground at this glamorous resort on Oahu's scenic North Shore. On the edge of Kuilima Point, the Turtle Bay has spacious guest rooms averaging nearly 500 square feet, with lanai that showcase stunning peninsula views. In winter, when the big waves roll ashore, you get a front-row seat for the powerful surf. The sumptuous oceanfront beach cottages have Brazilian-walnut floors, teak rockers on the lanai, and beds you can sink right into while listening to the sounds of the ocean. Turtle Bay has a Hans Heidemann Surf School, horse stables, a spa, and the only 36-hole golf facility on Oahu to keep you busy. There are two swimming pools, one with an 80-foot waterslide. While out exploring Turtle Bay's 12 mi of nature trails, don't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself Lost

. The hit television series has been known to frequent the resort's beaches, coves, and natural forests for location filming.

Pros:

Great open, public spaces in a secluded area of Oahu.

Cons:

Very far from anything else—even Haleiwa is a 20-minute drive. www.turtlebayresort.com. 373 rooms, 40 suites, 42 beach cottages, 56 ocean villas. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, children's programs. Credit cards accepted.

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9 Waikiki Sand Villa
Waikiki Sand Villa
2375 Ala Wai Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96815

Families and others looking for a good rate without sacrificing proximity to Waikiki's beaches, dining, and shopping return to the Waikiki Sand Villa year after year. It's on the corner of Kaiulani Avenue and Ala Wai Boulevard, a three-block walk to restaurants and the beach. There's a high-rise tower and a three-story building (no elevator) of studio accommodations with kitchenettes. Rooms are small but well planned. Corner deluxe units with lanai overlook Ala Wai Canal and the golf course. The fitness center has 24-hour access. Complimentary continental breakfast is served poolside beneath shady coconut trees, and the hotel's Sand Bar comes alive at happy hour with a great mix of hotel guests and locals who like to hang out and "talk story." The Sand Bar also has computers and Web cams, so that you not only can keep in touch with family by e-mail, you can also taunt them with your developing tan. Pros:

Fun bar, economical choice.

Cons:

The noise from the bar might annoy some, 10-minute walk to the beach. www.sandvillahotel.com. 214 rooms. In-room: safe. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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10 Kahala
Kahala

Honolulu, HI

Oahu's wealthiest neighborhood has streets lined with multimillion-dollar homes. At intervals along tree-lined Kahala Avenue are narrow lanes that provide public access to Kahala's quiet coastal beaches offering views of Koko Head. Kahala Mall is one of the island's largest indoor shopping centers. Kahala is also the home of the private Waialae Golf Course, site of the annual Sony Open PGA golf tournament in January.

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11 Ko Olina
Ko Olina
Farrington Hwy.
Kapolei, HI

Among the many amenities at this resort that are open to the public is the challenging (and pricey) Ted Robinson-designed golf course, two nice, sit-down lunch spots—Roy's Ko Olina at the golf course and the Naupaka Terrace at the JW Marriott Ko Olina Resort & Spa—and a couple of man-made swimming lagoons surrounded by lush lawns with changing and bathroom facilities. www.koolinagolf.com..

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