Golf Courses Oahu

Golf Courses Oahu: offer not only a great round of golf but the setting is amongst some of the most spectacular in the world. There are a lot of golf courses here including free public ones but the quality is not that great and they can be crowded especially on weekends. I don't attempt to rate and discuss every course on the island but here are my top picks for golfing on each side. Private courses are excluded.

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Windward Side Golfing

If you really want to feel like you're golfing in Hawaii then look no further than the Ko'Olau golf course on windward side of Oahu. Located about 25-30 minutes from Waikiki this course offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Ko'Olau mountain range all the way down the coast. With the mountains RIGHT there behind you there's no doubt where you're playing. It is very challenging course to be honest but the beauty of the locale makes it worth it. They say that there's an average of 10 balls lost but don't let that stop you.

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Ko'olau Golf Course Facts

Rated in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Places You Can Play”
18 holes
Par 72 layout
Unlimited play for your stay package $299
Green fee & cart (shared) $145
Same day replay $25
Ride along fee (non golfer) $25
Junior rate (7 to17 years old) available: 18 holes plus shared cart and must be accompanied by an adult
Built in 1992; Dick Nugent, architect
Slope rate 152


Daily pick ups in Waikiki start at 7:45 am with tee time 9 am, and return to Waikiki at 2:30 pm
Single players are accommodated
Best to reserve at least one day in advance
Men’s club options are Callaway graphite or Cobra Steel shafted
Men’s clubs include left or right hand, but for women only right hand
Honey’s Restaurant on site
Includes a 5 acre practice facility
Pro shop
KMR school of golf
Full service banquet facility that can accommodate up to 100 guests


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East Side Golfing

Located across the street from the ocean on the east side is Hawaii Kai golf course. I would say this would be my #3 choice behind Ko'Olau and Turtle Bay in terms of scenery. The breezes are great, you will feel like you're in Hawaii but it's not drop dead beautiful. It's nice enough.

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Hawaii Kai Golf Course Facts

Pickups from 7-7:15am
About 35 minutes from Waikiki
Offers challenges for all levels of players
About 1.5 miles from Hanauma Bay
Facilities include a driving range, pro shop and restaurant
Average cost about $135

 


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Leeward Side Golfing

Located more towards the west side west of the Pearl Harbor area this section of the island is most reminiscent of a golf course on the mainland. In fact you might as well be located on the mainland because you will feel like you're golfing at home except that technically you are in Hawaii. It's flat and can get hot out here but the course is excellently maintained.

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Hawaii Prince Golf Course Facts

Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay
Rate $160
Opened in 1992
Course slope 137
All grass driving range
Putting and chipping greens
Pro shop
PGA instruction pros
Locker rooms
Showers
Restaurant
Tennis courts

Address: 91-1200 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706


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North Shore Golfing

If you want gorgeous views and oceanfront golfing in a north shore of Oahu setting with crashing waves nearby then this is the choice for you.

It's also good if you have family that would like to tag along but who aren't necessarily into golfing because Turtle Bay resort is right there.

The resort also has the spa with oceanfront massages, great beaches to hang out on and restaurants to eat at including a nice pool bar which happens to be oceanfront.

They can also go snorkeling, surfing, shopping in Haleiwa or hang out at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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Turtle Bay Golf Course

General Facts

Shuttles leave from 7-7:30am
Phenomenal ocean views
Green fees include shared cart, bottled water, bag tag and complimentary basket of range balls
About 1 hour from Waikiki, but allow 1.5 hours return +/- 15 minutes depending on traffic
Replay fee option available
No play rider options available
Rental clubs $55
Rental shoes $14.99

 

Courses

George Fazio Course
Morning rate $115; with transportation $175 (morning only)
Junior rate (17 and younger) $40; with transportation $125
Opened in 1972
LPGA Hawaiian Ladies Open
Favored by those with higher handicaps

 

Turtle Bay Golf Palmer Course

Arnold Palmer Course
Opened in 1992
Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay
Has hosted PGAs Champions Tour since 2001 and LPGAs SBS open since 2005
Morning rate $175; with transportation $195 (morning only)
Junior rate (17 and younger) $50; with transportation $125


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