More than 6,000 readers voted at www.golf.com to select Golf Magazine's Premier Resorts 2010, a list of the 100 best golf destinations in North America, and this year's participants placed the Big Island's Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu in the ranking's 10th spot overall.
"Hawaii's top destination rose from our 11th ranked resort in 2008 to 10th this year, just enough to enter the Platinum elite," Senior Editor Joe Passov wrote on the Golf.com website. "The Champions Tour kicks off its season every year here on the dry Kona-Kohala coast. Every room in the bungalow-style resort enjoys Pacific views ... [and] Hualalai ranked tops for Food & Drink, so those with an appetite for perfect weather and a flawless setting will devour this Four Seasons."
Island golf course resorts finishing with the ranking's gold status distinction included the Big Island's Fairmont Orchid Hawaii; the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui; St. Regis Princeville on Kauai; and Lanai's Four Seasons Resorts at Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele.
Those finishing with a silver status distinction were the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina and the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu; the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, and Mauna Kea Resort, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel; and Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island.