Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

  • 5.0 stars from 5

    Princeville Makai Golf Club - Makai Course

    "One of Hawaii's very best"

    What's not to like about the Makai course? It has some of the best ocean views in Hawaii, is always in good shape and most of all, it's interesting. But it's not just the ocean holes that make this a great golf experience. The inland holes are pretty special, too. For example, the par-3 third, which mimics the mountains and water in the background, is truly memorable with its near 100-foot drop. And the 18th, with the tee shot and approach over water, is as good a risk-reward par 5 as you will find anywhere. And then, of course, there are those ocean holes - more than half dozen of them, split between the front and back nines. Each are unique and all of them are memorable. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Wailua Municipal Golf Course

    "Great Hawaiian muni experience"

    While I couldn't quite give Wailua five stars -- conditioning isn't perfect -- this is one of my very favorite municipal courses in the United States. After all, you have views of the Pacific Ocean, ala Torrey Pines or Pacific Grove -- plenty of challenging holes and a vibe that says "golf in Hawaii." Oh, and this course is anything but easy. Play it from the back tees at nearly 7,000 yards, add a little wind and the smallish greens on this near-century old course, and you've got quite a golf course. I love the variety of holes and change of elevation too. The par-3 17th is one of the prettiest holes in Hawaii. Food and beverage options are affordable and delicious. more »