Hole No. 3 at Mauna KeaThe Hawaiian Islands are loaded with postcard-worthy golf vistas, but some just stand out from the crowd. We introduce four of the state’s most talked-about holes below.

7 on the Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville: A 213-yard par 3, this hole forces Kauai duffers to execute a tricky tee shot over steep ocean cliffs and navigate a green defended by white-sand bunkers before a backdrop starring the Garden Isle’s jagged green mountains and a photogenic swath of Pacific.

18 on the Plantation Course at Kapalua: This 663-yard par 5, featuring jaw-dropping views of the Pacific and the neighboring island of Molokai, might be Hawaii’s most photographed hole as it provides a dramatic finishing challenge, playing typically into a stiff breeze, for the PGA Tour’s annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the pro circuit’s annual kickoff event held on Maui each January.

3 on the Mauna Kea Golf Course: A curving crescent of verdant green fringed with jagged black lava rock, this 260-yard par 3 is one of the Big Island’s most iconic holes and offers golfers a chance to crack a tee shot out over the Pacific toward a challenging, seaside green.

12 at the Challenge at Manele Bay Golf Course: A gorgeous location to lose golf balls, this 202-yard par 3 consists of just a tee box facing open ocean, framed by lofty lava rock cliffs and then a distant, bright green. The vista is so stunning that Bill Gates rented out the entire island to get married on the 12th’s green in 1994.
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