Listing 13 courses on Oahu, eight on Kaua’i, 12 on Maui and 14 on the Big Island, all accessible to the public, The Golf Fanatic’s Guide to Hawaii (Fanatic Guides, $21.95; www.hottubpublishing.com) is a must-have for any duffer headed to the Aloha State. News to use: The book advises readers not to be put off by an invitation involving the 19th puka. “Puka” is the Hawaiian word for hole.
"The Golf Fanatic's Guide to Hawaii" (Hot Tub Publishing, $21.95)
To some, the epitome of paradise is to lie on a Hawaiian beach with a fruity concoction; to others, nothing could be finer than playing a round of golf. All of the courses in the book are accessible to the public; no private courses are included.
The book describes classic courses, bargain courses, top practice facilities and the toughest courses as well as the most forgiving. One of the most distinctive courses men-tioned is the Pearl Country Club, which offers views of the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor. With a foreword by South African golfer Ernie Els.
by Kim Eaton
West Hawaii Today
Sunday, November 23, 2008 7:04 AM HST
Bryan Fryklund has created a new kind of Hawaii guidebook -- for golfers. The former Maui and Big Island resident highlights the top 50 publicly accessible courses, complete with course descriptions, playing tips from course representatives, driving directions, nearby accommodation options and more.
Key holes are described in detail, including the "hole you're most likely to choke on" and the "19th hole." Fryklund also rated each course's difficulty, beauty, design intrigue, maintenance, "swank value" and price.
Several Big Island golf courses are prominently featured in the book's Top Ten lists. Mauna Kea and Hualalai were named Top Classics; Makalei Golf Club, Waikoloa Village Golf Club, Waimea Country Club and Volcano Golf and Country Club were Top Bargains; Mauna Lani -- South and Hualalai were Top Beauties; Mauna Kea, Makalei, Big Island Country Club and Hapuna Golf Course were Toughest, while Volcano, Kona Country Club's Ocean Course and Waikoloa Village were most forgiving.
Also, Big Island Country Club, Makalei and Mauna Lani's North Course were named Author's Choice.
Complete with color photography and a foreword by PGA Tour star Ernie Els, "The Golf Fanatic's Guide to Hawaii" should be an interesting read for both residents and visitors. Fryklund brings the guide to life with colorful descriptions of golf terms and his thoughts on Hawaiian mythology.
Fryklund began golfing at the age of 10 and has been golfing in Hawaii since 1995. He is the co-author of a general guidebook to the Big Island.
Golf Fanatics Guide to Hawaii by Bryan Fryklund - 272-page paperback, $21.95, Hot Tub Publishing
There are many reasons to visit Hawaii and golfing some of the finest courses in the world ranks high on many lists.
This book, with a foreword by pro Ernie Els, describes 50 of the top courses in the state. It includes descriptions of some of the top holes of each course, color photographs and helpful boxes with course addresses, contact information, details, a scorecard, tees/yardages, distances, water, bunkers, practice facilities and type of grass.
If you plan a golfing trip to Hawaii, this would be a good investment.
By Robbie Finley
Saddleback Golf Club
I loved “The Golf Fanatic’s Guide to Hawaii.” I only have praise for the guide, which almost upsets me – I want to have at least one bad knock in order to give this review validity, but I struggled to come up with one.
Typically, these guides read like they should have the official seal of the Hawaii Travel Bureau or the chamber of commerce. I found Bryan Fryklund’s assessment of the Hawaiian golf courses I’m familiar with to be dead-solid perfect. Bryan clearly distinguishes the valuable pearls from the pigs (and he does it while being politically correct).
The nuts and bolts of the guide provide the reader with pure demographics, such as: architect, green fees, slope and rating, number of water hazards, discounts, practice facilities, types of grasses, and even the contact number to make a tee time. The guide goes on to rate the ethereal parings, like beauty, service, difficulty, design intrigue and even (my fave) swank factor.
The guide covers the courses on all six of the Hawaiian Islands that offer public play. If you are planning a golf vacation to the islands, this is as much of a mandatory piece of equipment as packing your trusty “Billy Baroo” or some other favorite club.
The photos are a magnificent representation of what you will witness when you’re on the islands. And it is nice to see that every photo wasn’t taken at sunset. I hate that!
Give me real pictures – Hawaii is beautiful at noon, too.
It is easy to see what makes this guide to Hawaiian golf so different and far more useful than other available guidebooks. It is organized in such a way that finding the courses and every nugget of information about them on any given island is child’s play. Not only that, it also offers insight – both good and not so good – to Hawaii’s golf offerings. Insight that is important to golfers.
Fryklund ... here addresses the niche market of travelers to Hawaii who want to golf. He reports on what are, in his opinion, the top 50 courses (out of about 75 total courses) in Hawaii. While most travel books list golf courses, their listings tend to be limited to the more familiar names. Golfers who follow the PGA tour will also be familiar with several courses, especially in Kapalua. Fryklund's contribution is that he presents the lesser known but eminently playable courses, gives directions to the courses, and evaluates the 19th hole. Moreover, he explains how to take advantage of discounts and less expensive courses. The numerous photographs add to the descriptions. Although golfers who live in Hawaii will have already adopted their own principal course and will undoubtedly have one or two other favorites, this book may be useful to them as well, since the islands are far enough apart that golfers may not have more than a passing familiarity with more than one or two of the islands. Recommended for travel collections.—Steven Silkunas, North Wales, PA