Each Hawaiian island differs from the others


Photo courtesy Princeville Resort

In the first two weeks of the 2010 season, the PGA Tour has hopped from Maui's SBS Championship at the Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course to Oahu's Waialae Country Club for this week's Sony Open.

If you're planning your first Hawaii golf trip, take their lead and split time between two islands before heading back home to 'real life.'

Flights between the islands are cheap and quick, usually just $50-60 one-way through Honolulu, or closer to $100 between the other islands.

But don't limit yourself to the two PGA Tour host islands, Oahu and Maui, that are getting plenty of press this month.

Each of Hawaii's islands offer much different vibes, topography and of course, golf options. The Big Island is the most topographically different from the rest: a giant shield volcano that spills out its unmistakable black sand beaches. Kauai boasts scenery fit for Hollywood and newly renovated resorts and courses to match the best of Hawaii's offerings. The little 'Pineapple Island' of Lanai boasts two Four Seasons Resorts and exclusive top shelf golf worth taking the ferry over from Maui for.

Or if you want old school Hawaii, go to Molokai, where there isn't much golf but it's considered the most traditional of the islands and your best chance to 'go native.'

You get the picture, each of Hawaii's islands beg to be discovered. By splitting time, you'll find an island speed perfect for you, and on your next trip back (yes, there will be one) you can either concentrate on that one spot you liked best, or try the islands and courses you passed up.