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Play where the champions play: Hualalai on the Big Island

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This week, Golf Channel coverage of the Champion's Tour will certainly have your eyes wide open as the pros tee it up on Hawaii's Big Island, home of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

The host Jack Nicklaus course at Hualalai Resort was the Golden Bear's first design on the island and opened 1996. Regarded as one of the top 10 golf courses in Hawaii, it features plenty of HD-worthy golf holes, including the signature par-3 sixth, which plays over lava rock right along the ocean.

The course is not open to the public, but tee times can be booked by guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The Four Seasons offers packages including golf, or the rack green fee is $250 for guests. The Weiskopf course at Hualalai Resort is open only to Hualalai members and their guests.

Hualalai is part of the Big Island's Kona-Kohala coast, a drier, sunnier side full of seaside resorts and golf courses. Other top draws on the Kona-Kohala Coast include Mauna Kea Golf Course, Waikoloa Village Golf Club and the Mountain course and Ocean course at Kona Country Club. For more information, check out HawaiiGolf.com's Big Island golf guide