Golf has become such an enjoyable part of Hawaii Life on the Big Island that golf balls are even flying on the upper slopes of Mauna Loa (elevation 8,000 feet). As one of a NASA-sponsored group of researchers simulating an extended stay on Mars, PhD student and former college golfer Jocelyn Dunn recently practiced her golf swing on the heights of Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii in a spacesuit.
Jocelyn Dunn practices her swing on the slope of Mauna Loa | source: Dunn’s Blog
Her unusual surroundings have inspired calculations of the effect that the atmosphere on Mars might have on a golf swing in outer space. For those of us who prefer to perfect our game in lower elevations, the Big Island continues to grow as a hub for golf enthusiasts.
Enjoy spectacular ocean views at the Kukio Golf and Beach Club
All along the West Coast of the Big Island, world-class golf courses pepper the exquisite Hawaii landscape. From private golf clubs like Nanea, Hokulia, Kukio, and Hualalai to the fantastic public courses at Waikoloa, Makalei, and Big Island Country Club, the Big Island has proved itself as a worthy golfing destination.
Hole 11 at the beautifully situated Hokulia Golf Club
Whether looking for a mountaintop experience, like Jocelyn Dunn, or simply hoping to soak up the ocean breezes on a quality course, be sure to move the Big Island of Hawaii to the top of your list of golfing destinations!