Makena Beach and Golf Resort  

Maui, Hawaii, United States

A round of golf can always do a body good. Sure, golf can be one of the most frustrating sports on the planet but there's nothing like the feeling when you sink that putt for eagle. (Not that we can speak from personal experience, per se, but we've heard stories.) So what could possibly make hitting the links even better? Well, gorgeous ocean views for one thing. For all you golfers out there -- and future golfers, too -- we found twelve beautiful hotel golf courses around the globe that have killer ocean views to boot. Pack your clubs and get ready to work on your swing! These spots will be sure to inspire you to play your very best.

As the highest-elevated course on Maui's south shore, the Makena Golf Course gives players stunning views of Mount Haleakala, the island's dormant volcano, and the Molokini and Lanai islands. Like the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald and Gold courses, the 18-hole Makena course is designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. But the 6,914-yard Makena, with its narrow fairways, is considered the most challenging of the three. This golf course is closed for renovations, and will reopen in early 2014.

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