Top 10 golf courses of 2016

Top 10 Golf Courses of 2016

Our Top 10 Courses of 2015 set the bar extremely high, but 2016 was no slouch. We started and ended the year in Hawaii by visiting Maui in January and Kauai in December. Both islands have spectacular golf and are strongly represented on this list. Despite what some major publications want you to think, ranking golf courses is always subjective (and sometimes political). After much contemplation, here are my top 10 golf courses played in 2016:

Poipu Bay Golf Course 16th hole

Review: Poipu Bay Golf Course

Poipu Bay Golf Course is located along Kauai's famous sunny south shore, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Resort. It was our 4th round of golf on Kauai with local golf blogger, Wayne Halm. Conveniently for us, Poipu Bay was only a short 5 minute drive along the south shore from our accommodations at Koloa Landing Resort. If you're wondering why the name Poipu Bay is ringing a bell, this might be why:

Wailua golf course kauai 17

Wailua Golf Course – not your average muni 

For the 3rd round of our Kauai golf adventure with Wayne Halm, we visited Wailua Golf Course. Wailua is a municipal golf course located along the eastern shore of Kauai, approximately 30 minutes from our south shore accommodations at Koloa Landing Resort. Wailua is a course which helps debunk a common misconception of golf in Hawaii - that you have to pay big bucks to play good golf...

Makai Golf Club – “toward the ocean” 

Makai Golf Club is located along Kauai's north shore in the Princeville area. Makai is a Hawaiian word roughly meaning "toward the ocean", which turns out to be a very appropriate name for this golf course. Upon arrival at the Makai bag drop there was no mistaking that it's a high end establishment. We were welcomed with a warm aloha spirit and immediately felt relaxed there...

Osoyoos Golf Club Park Meadows

Review: Osoyoos Golf Club (Park Meadows Course)

One thing Beth and I never get tired of doing is traveling to British Columbia's beautiful Okanagan Valley. We were back there again for a quick Thanksgiving road trip this month and completed some unfinished business at Osoyoos Golf Club by playing their Park Meadows Course. Based on our previous positive experience on their Desert Gold Course, we were excited to see what the easier of the two courses had in store...

Priddis Greens The Raven course 10th hole

Review: Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club (The Raven Course)

I am pleased to share with you the scoop on one of Alberta's most beautiful private golf courses -- The Raven Course at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club. This review is brought to you by my brother-in-law, Matt Beauchamp, who spent this season as a member of the club and was also a professional caddy on this course for a week! Please enjoy Matt's review:

Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club

Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club – a timeless Canadian gem

It was a very overdue trip, but we finally made our way up to scenic Jasper, Alberta last week to play one of Canada's highest regarded courses -- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club. It was approximately a 4.5 hour drive from Calgary, and the trek between Lake Louise and Jasper along Highway 93 is one of the most scenic drives you can experience ...

Highwood Golf Club Heritage nine

Highwood Golf Club is making golf more accessible — six holes at a time

Here in southern Alberta, June of 2013 was a stark reminder of how powerful nature can be. The scenic and highly sought after land along our rivers quickly became a path of devastation after a perfect storm of Spring runoff from the mountains and extreme rainfall which caused massive flooding. Highwood Golf Club, situated along the Highwood … Continue reading Highwood Golf Club is making golf more accessible — six holes at a time

Maui Nui Golf Club Review

Review: Maui Nui Golf Club

Maui Nui Golf Club, as the name suggests, is located on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui. It is conveniently located in the town of Kihei, a popular area for vacation condo rentals. It was five minutes up the road from our condo, which made it dangerously convenient. One of the first selling points of Maui Nui is that it is one of the few courses on Maui that can be played for under $100...

Pukalani Country Club Review

Review: Pukalani Country Club

Pukalani Country Club sits 1,100 feet above sea level along the lower portion of Mount Haleakala on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui. This location makes for interesting terrain and beautiful vistas. Pukalani was the first round of golf on our Maui trip, and quickly debunked the notion that golf in Hawaii is too expensive. The down-to-earth, 6900 yard layout provides plenty of unique, fun, and challenging holes...