HONOLULU

Championship Course, Hawaii Kai
Why Play It? Pacific views from every hole, a setting beneath the slopes of Koko Head Crater, and a short drive from Waikiki make this a can't-miss.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good; tee times book up to two months out.
Peak Greens Fees: $110.
Contact: 8902 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu; (808) 395-2358; www.hawaiikaigolf.com

Ko'olau Golf Club
Why Play It? Put simply, masochism: Ko'olau is considered the single most difficult golf course in the United States, with a rating and slope of 76.4/162 from the 7,310-yard tips.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good; book one month in advance.
Peak Greens Fees: $135. 
Contact: 45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe; (808) 247-7088; www.koolau golfclub.com


LAS VEGAS


Shadow Creek Las Vegas
Why Play It? A luxurious private experience, world-class caddies, and a course perennially ranked in the top 10 explain why the nation's most expensive golf course is worth every penny.
Your Chances of Getting on: Very good, but you must be a guest of an MGM Mirage property and can only play Monday through Thursday. Weekend play is by invitation through casino hosts.
Peak Greens Fees: $500 (includes limousine transfers from and to your hotel, a cart, and a caddy/caddie)
Contact: 3 Shadow Creek Drive, North Las Vegas; (866) 260-0069;, www.shadowcreek.com

Lakes Course, Primm Valley Golf Club
Why Play It? Called "the poor man's Shadow Creek," this layout is by the same designer, Tom Fazio; has the same owners; and features many of the same gorgeous design touches for a lot less. Your Chances of Getting On: Very good - it's still a Las Vegas insider's destination.
Peak Greens Fees: $175 to $200. 
Contact: 1 Yates Well Road, Primm; (800) 386-7867; www.primmvalleyresorts.com  

Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort
Why Play It? It's a breathtaking Jack Nicklaus design that combines desert, mountains, and the state's largest privately owned man-made lake.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good if reservations are made in advance, up to 60 days out.
Peak Greens Fees: $275 to $295. 
Contact: 1600 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson; (877) 698-4653; www.lakelasvegas.com  

Shadow Creek Las Vegas
Why Play It? A luxurious private experience, world-class caddies, and a course perennially ranked in the top 10 are why the nation's most expensive golf course is worth every penny.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good, but you must be a guest of an MGM Mirage property, and you can play Monday through Thursday. Weekend play is by invitation through casino hosts.
Peak Greens Fees: $500 (includes limousine transfers from and to your hotel, a cart, and a caddie).


Shadow Creek Las Vegas
WhyPlay It? A luxurious private experience, world-classcaddies, and a course perennially ranked in the top 10 explain whythe nation's most expensive golf course is worth every penny.
Your Chances of Getting on: Very good,but you must be a guest of an MGM Mirage property and can only playMonday through Thursday. Weekend play is by invitation throughcasino hosts.
Peak Greens Fees: $500 (includeslimousine transfers from and to your hotel, a cart, and acaddy/caddie)
Contact: 3 Shadow Creek Drive, North LasVegas; (866) 260-0069;, www.shadowcreek.com

Lakes Course, Primm Valley Golf Club
Why Play It? Called "the poor man'sShadow Creek," this layout is by the same designer, Tom Fazio; hasthe same owners; and features many of the same gorgeous designtouches for a lot less. Your Chances of GettingOn: Very good - it's still a Las Vegas insider'sdestination.
Peak Greens Fees: $175 to $200. 
Contact: 1 Yates Well Road, Primm; (800)386-7867; www.primmvalleyresorts.com  

Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las VegasResort
Why Play It? It's abreathtaking Jack Nicklaus design that combines desert, mountains,and the state's largest privately owned man-made lake.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good ifreservations are made in advance, up to 60 days out.
Peak Greens Fees: $275 to $295. 
Contact: 1600 Lake Las Vegas Parkway,Henderson; (877) 698-4653; www.lakelasvegas.com  

Shadow Creek Las Vegas
Why Play It? A luxurious privateexperience, world-class caddies, and a course perennially ranked inthe top 10 are why the nation's most expensive golf course is worthevery penny.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good,but you must be a guest of an MGM Mirage property, and you can playMonday through Thursday. Weekend play is by invitation throughcasino hosts.
Peak Greens Fees: $500 (includeslimousine transfers from and to your hotel, a cart, and a caddie).
Contact: 3 Shadow Creek Drive, North Las Vegas; (866) 260-0069; www.shadowcreek.com