Nanea has been ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S. and the World by Golf Magazine's panel of experts.
The brainchild of financial wizards Charles Schwab and George Roberts, this hideaway on the Big Island of Hawaii just up Mount Hualalai from the Four Seasons Resort in Kailua-Kona is carved from a mountainside with views of the Pacific on every hole. One of most exclusive clubs in the world, Nanea spreads out to 7,503 roomy yards, courtesy of Bandon Dunes architect David McLay Kidd, but they could shorten it by 3,000 yards and you still wouldn't see anyone else. Says CBS broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis, "You feel like it's just you and the golf and nothing else."
Bandon Dunes architect David McLay Kidd etched a links-style layout from the side of a mountain atop volcanic lava. The result is a firm, fast track with elevated views of the Pacific from every hole. At 7,503 yards, par 73, it's enough golf to test anyone, but the real challenge is solving Kidd's pay-me-now-or-pay-me-later puzzles that come in the form of ornery bunkers, clever angles, significant slopes and hard-to-read greens. For more information, go to dmkgolfdesign.com.