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Hawaii has 15 golf courses listed among Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play for 2011.”

Kapalua Plantation, home of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Championship, is No. 1 among Hawaii courses and 77th in the Top 100.

It is followed by: Princeville’s Prince Course, Mauna Kea, Challenge at Manele, Hualalai, Kauai Lagoons, Poipu Bay, Wailea Gold, Koolau, Experience at Koele, Mauna Lani South, Makena North, Royal Kaanapali, Mauna Lani North and Wailea Emerald.

Only Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Texas have more courses in the list.

April’s Conde Nast Traveler magazine names its “Top 15 Hawaii Resorts” in its 15th annual “Top 125 Golf Resorts,” based on a readers’ poll. The selections from around the world are based on golf, lodging, dining and service.

Four Seasons Wailea, Hualalai, Manele Bay and Koele are the top four choices. They are followed by Grand Hyatt Kauai, Fairmont Orchid and Kea Lani, Grand Wailea, Mauna Lani Bay, JW Marriott Ihilani, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hapuna Beach Prince, Hilton Waikoloa Village and Kauai Marriott.

Free swing analysis

Mogg Performance Center at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club will offer a free swing analysis the rest of the year and is asking for a $10 donation, with all funds going to the Japan Relief Fund. The fundraising starts today and is scheduled to run through December. Reservations (729-7430) are required.

Kids Play Free program

Puakea Golf Course starts it annual Kids Play Free program June 1. It runs through Sept. 30.

Junior golfers ages 7 to 17 can play free when accompanied by a paying adult, with one free junior per adult. The offer is valid daily after 4 p.m. and rental clubs are available for juniors.

Junior can play free

Princeville’s Makai Golf Club is also offering free golf to juniors along with multi-round packages.

The club will continue its juniors play free program this year. Golfers ages 6 to 15 can play free when accompanied by a paying adult. There is one free junior for each paying adult, with additional juniors or unaccompanied juniors half off the adult rate. Juniors ages 16 and 17 get half off greens fees when accompanied by a paying adult. Juniors can use complimentary Callaway rental clubs, a $55 value.

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