Given the poor economy, golfers have likely spent a bit more time than usual playing the links close to home. But with positive travel indicators popping up more regularly, those eager to swing their clubs farther away should definitely consider a visit to Hawaii.
Here's a small sampling of golf packages now available across the Islands:
• Through Dec. 24, Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu is offering a Daily Unlimited Golf package starting at $159.50 per person or $319 a night, based on a double occupancy, for an oceanview room. Golfers can take advantage of a day of unlimited golf, including cart, on the Arnold Palmer and/or George Fazio courses, while nongolfers are free to make use of an $80 credit per day for other activities, including spa treatments, horseback riding, tennis and helicopter rides. See www.turtlebayresort.com.
• Waikiki's Outrigger Reef on the Beach is giving duffers a choice of 18 holes at the Kapolei Golf Course or the Ewa Beach Golf Course on Oahu. The nightly rate is $289 for one golfer or $389 for two, including oceanfront or city-, partial-ocean- or oceanview accommodations, good through Dec. 21. Visit www.outrigger.com.
• The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui is offering a Wailea Golf and Spa package for couples, featuring four nights in a one-bedroom suite or villa; two rounds of golf, including cart, at any of Wailea's three courses; two 50-minute spa treatments; daily buffet breakfast; and one dinner at the property's Ko restaurant. The plan is available through Dec. 17, starting at $629 a night. Go to www.fairmont.com/kealani.
• Golfers looking for flexibility in their vacation might consider the Pick Your Passion package from the Big Island's Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Each room night purchased earns couples two certificates good for a day of unlimited golf at one of two courses; breakfast, lunch or dinner; a 50-minute spa treatment; a 60-minute personal training session; or scuba diving. Nightly package rates begin at $680 for a standard room through Dec. 23. See www.maunalani.com.
• Juniors under age 15 play free of charge without restriction at the Makai Golf Club at Kauai's St. Regis Princeville Resort. The course just had a 15-month renovation as part of the St. Regis' $100 million refurbishment and rebranding. Juniors enjoy use of a set of Calloway clubs while playing but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Those ages 16 and 17 play for 50% off. Visit www.stregisprinceville.com.
• For $679 a person, the Hotel Lanai on Pineapple Isle (Lanai) offers golfers three nights' accommodations, three rounds of golf on the Manele and Koele courses, transportation, daily breakfasts and a Welcome 19th Hole cocktail at the Grille restaurant. See www.hotellanai.com.
This report appeared in the Aug. 9 issue of Travel Weekly.
For more on golf in Hawaii, see "Value, variety are priorities for golfers in Hawaii."