Premier Resort Close-up: Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

Hawaiian punch: the knockout views at Hualalai.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Perhaps the best thing about winning on the Champions Tour is qualifying for the season-opening event held here each year. A Gold Medalist in Golf Magazine's 2008-09 Premier Resorts Awards, the Four Seasons Hualalai perfectly defines the "get what you pay for" adage.

The resort excels at the above-and-beyond stuff, right down to the guy who 
fills the fruit bowl in your room each morning. Secluded pools and beachside restaurants contribute to the laid-back ambience, and a friendly Jack Nicklaus design fits right in. Softly contoured greens, just enough lava and ocean backdrops (most memorably at the par-3 17th) keep everybody happy. What truly elevates Hualalai, however, is the people. Service is superb. January rates start at $580 per night, based on a 5-night minimum stay. 808-325-8000, fourseasons.com/hualalai

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