For last-minute and discount tee times, call Stand-by Golf (www.standbygolf.com; tel. 888/645-BOOK or 808/322-BOOK) from 7am to 10pm. Stand-by Golf offers discounted (10%-40% off), guaranteed tee times for same-day, next-day or even future golfing.
If you'd like to improve your game while on the Big Island, Darrin Gee’s Spirit of Golf Academy (www.spiritofgolfacademy.com; tel. 866/465-3433 or 808/887-6800) has a unique focus on mental preparation, with clinics held at the Big Island Country Club, Hapuna Golf Course, and Makalei Golf Club. The 2 1/2-hour session costs $200 if booked online (ask for Web discount if booking by phone).
All rates below are for visitors; those with Hawaii state ID (kama‘āina) may receive substantial discounts.
The Kona Coast
Although the 18-hole Mountain Course of the Kona Country Club (www.konagolf.com; tel. 808/322-3431) in Keauhou has permanently closed, the club’s popular Ocean Course was due to reopen after extensive renovations in late 2014. The fabulous Hualalai Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is open only to resort guests—but for committed golfers, this Jack Nicklaus–designed championship course is reason enough to book a room and pay the sky-high greens fee of $275 ($150 for kids 13–18, free for children 12 and under with paying guest).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.