William K. WolfrumThis Week at TravelGolf.com: June 20, 2007

There's more to golf in Hawaii than just Oahu, Maui and the Big Island

Hawaii. Just hearing the name of the United States' 50th state makes a traveler want to gorge on roasted pig and pineapple while attending luaus. Who amongst us hasn't dreamed of relaxing on a beach, taking in the tropical weather of one of the Hawaiian Islands?

Often for golfers, a Hawaiian vacation becomes a battle of which islands to see and which courses to play. There's more to Hawaii that than the showstopping golf on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, however. Because, face it, this is Hawaii we're talking about. You'll have no problem getting your golf fix in, so why not enjoy some of the Hawaiian Islands that don't have courses that host PGA Tour or LPGA Tour events?

Perhaps on your Hawaiian vacation you'll want to look at two spectacular islands that are known more for their culture and beauty than the golf - Lanai and Molokai. Of course, on Lanai, you'll still have golf opportunities. Because on the Pinapple Isle, as Lanai is known, there may only be two courses, but they will blow you away.

With The Lodge at Koele and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay Hotel, Lanai is home to two world-class resorts, as well as two world-class golf courses. First, there's the Jack Nicklaus-designed Challenge at Manele.

"Golfers playing the Challenge at Manele to admit to never playing such an incredible golf course as this one," said Tim Hurja of Hawaii Golf Central, a golf vacation package company.

Add to that the stunning mountain course, the Experience at Koele, a Ted Robinson and Greg Norman design, and traveling golfers find themselves on an island rich in Hawaiian culture, with high-quality golf that will scratch the itch to pull out the clubs.

A trip to the island of Molokai means leaving your golf clubs at home, and experiencing Hawaii as it was meant to be. Home to the world's tallest sea cliffs, this is an island that needs to be experienced rather than just visited. Even the most hardcore golfers will forget about their clubs on a trip to Molokai, where the main attraction is Hawaii, in all its glory.

Just something to keep in mind. Because while Maui, Oahu and the other golf-laden islands will surely thrill, sometimes it's the islands like Lanai and Molokai that will make you truly appreciate all that's good about this glorious golf destination.

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