Hualalai golf course  a Jack Nicklaus design is defintively  the best on Big Island. The lava areas coming into play on every hole are considered to be water hazards. Even with all the lava in play, the fairways still afford generous landing areas. Depending on weather conditions, this course can play quite long. The greens are loaded with subtle breaks and are generally fast. Some of the more interesting characteristics to this course begins on hole #1, which plays up to a lava flow. The signature hole is #17 because it was carved out of the lava and features a bunker that runs down the entire side of the fairway. Hole #18, features a natural area of water and vegetation in front of the tee and at the edge of the lava flow on the right. This resort only allows guests of the resort or club members to play the course.