Another course purged from the 2008 list due to its prolonged closure, Hawaii's Mauna Kea rebounds in spectacular fashion. Rees Jones kept the bones of his father's 1964 design and made it his own. "It's a great routing, with naturally elevated tee and green sites," says the younger Jones. "We wanted to bring it back, especially the old style of bunkers." Today the greens are smoother, the bunkers reinvigorated, and the approaches are less taxing for the higher-handicap resort player but every bit as demanding for the serious stick. What never went away were the Big Island ocean vistas, including the eye-popping par-3 3rd, which has
been restored to its gargantuan length of 261 yards, much of it a carry over the pounding Pacific surf from a tiny tee set into black lava rock. Our advice: snap a photo, then move up a tee box or two.