Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
Founded by seasoned instructor Brian Mogg, whose past students include a PGA TOUR winner, the Brian Mogg Performance Center of Hawaii helps professional and amateur golfers step up their game with hands-on lessons. With two one-hour, custom teachings from a certified instructor (a $160 value), budding club-swingers of all aptitude levels and ages can increase their skill, lower their score, and learn how to transform dimpled orbs into future-seeing crystal balls.
Natural bamboo and wood fences surround the miniature fairways of Jungle River Mini Golf, whose aptly named course pits putters against a slew of jungle-themed obstacles. Like rainforest explorers, groups of golfers hack through the wild landscape, forgoing machetes for colorful putters or spring-loaded spatulas sized to accommodate guests of all ages. Monkeypod trees, palms, crotons, and banana plants drape over the course, framing many attractions including sculptures of friendly gorillas and dinosaurs emerging from tar pits. The course also features large bridges and waterfalls that meander throughout to create sharp turns and contoured greens.
On his webpage, iDcard CEO Shawn Dohmen explains that his title stands for "Cheap Executive Officer"—a joke that references his fondness for finding deals on everything from restaurant tabs to golf games. Shawn's knack for saving money spawned the idea for his company, which provides discounts on goods and services from hundreds of businesses in Hawaii and elsewhere. It was his desire to save trees, however, which led to the iDcard. Instead of carting around a cumbersome coupon book in a baby stroller, customers redeem their deals by handing their iDcards to the many merchants that accept them.
Participating businesses in the iDcard network include restaurants, hotels, gyms, nightclubs, and pet groomers. Customers can show their card to sponsors over multiple visits, and receive the same discounted massage or meal each time. A downloadable phone app even alerts them to valid sponsors nearby, allowing them to easily locate opportunities for savings.
The Waikiki Tennis Club & Golf at the Pacific Beach Hotel furnishes sportsmen and women with two Classic Clay tennis courts and a golf practice station complete with hitting cages and putting green. Operated by the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section to provide tennis opportunities to al ages, the tennis courts feature a unique synthetic surface that looks and plays just like real clay without harming the world's dwindling population of wild clay pigeons. Participants in either sport can reserve the facilities and practice at their own leisurely pace, or recruit a golf instructor or tennis pro to help improve their form and technique.
Almost everything glows at Rascal's Family Fun Center—the pirate-themed mini-golf obstacles, the bowling pins on the four-lane alley, and the smiles of the children at play. Their grins come from the center's sheer range of activities, including a Lazy Frenzy challenge, an Indiana Jones-like laser-tag arena, and a full redemption arcade, all illuminated under funky black lights. An onsite cafe fuels the fun during play sessions or parties.