You’ll find most of Oahu golf courses are kept in great tiptop
shape, and rank as some of the best Hawaii golf courses to choose
from. You may be inclined to a challenge at a Northshore golf
course or want to stay close to your hotel and do some golfing in
Waikiki … you will have great fun at the golf courses in Oahu.
Because whether you are an avid golfer playing with a low handicap,
shooting bogie golf like myself, or a fair-weather weekend hacker, or
just starting out, Oahu is a fitting playground that offers a wide
selection of great golf courses for everyone.
The best part is that you don’t have to go broke golfing these golf courses in Oahu. The best bang for your buck can be found at the municipal public golf courses. These include: Ala Wai Golf Course, Kahuku Golf Course, West Loch Golf Course, and the Pali Golf course.
Golfing in Paradise does not have to for the serious and pro golfers. Check out the following golf courses in Oahu that offer par 3 layouts, ocean links & accommodating courses for those who wish to just enjoy themselves out on the fairways:
Ala Wai Golf Course ~ Kahuku Golf Course ~ Pali Golf Course ~ Hawaii Kai Golf Course (Executive Course) - See course descriptions below
If you’re like me, trying to keep you’re game under 100, and enjoy the perks of what some of the best golf courses in Oahu have to offer, then turn your attention to:
Ala Wai Golf Course ~ Turtle Bay Golf & Resort (George Fazio Course) ~ Olomana Golf Links ~ West Loch Golf Course, Hawaii Kai Golf Course (Champion Ship Course) - See course descriptions below
You’ve come to Hawaii for one reason, and that is to golf the very best, and most challenging Oahu Golf Courses. Stop your search and invest your time into the following 3 golfing resorts:
Turtle Bay Golf & Resort (Arnold Palmar Course), Ko Olina Golf Club ~ Makaha Resort Golf Course - See course descriptions below
Although Oahu golf courses are spread out throughout the island, you
won’t have to go far if you wish to stay close to the hotels and play
this Waikiki golf course, located 5 minutes away, just across the Ala
The Ala Wai Golf Course has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most single rounds of Hawaiian golfing played in a single day -500 rounds to be exact! Yes, this Oahu Golf Course is one of the busiest to book a tee time, but it can be done! I’ve walked on this municipal Oahu golf course without a tee time, and usually drove off the first tee within an hour wait time.
Ala Wai Golf Course is primarily flat with straight forward shots, this course is beautiful and lots of fun to play. These Hawaiian golf courses cater to just about everyone, including the beginners and the amateur golfers looking to play.
You’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning views of the Waikiki city skyline, Diamond Head, and the dark Koolau Mountains. Click here to learn more about the course and tee times…
Location: 404 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 296-2000
Check out more details at the Ala Wai Golf Course city website
Located towards the tip of northshore Oahu, the Turtle Bay Golf
& Resort covers close to 900 acres of premier oceanfront
property. It’s a perfect setting for the layout of 2
championship Oahu golf courses. Depending on your game and
style, Turtle Bay Golf offers an Arnold Palmer Course and a
George Fazio Course.
Location: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI - Phone (808) 293-8574
Check out more details at www.turtlebayresort.com
The Kahuku Golf Course is the only state owned municipal course, and only one
of three Oahu golf courses that are laid on beachfront property.
Don’t worry about making a tee time, because you can’t. In fact they don’t even have a club house. If you want to grab a sandwich, chips and drink midway through, you might want to pick something up before you arrive in the parking lot. It’s a no frills Oahu golf course, but well worth the privilege of playing along the water.
This northshore golf course is not meant to be taken too seriously, but more or lessfor enjoying the moment playing in a unique piece of paradise. The surrounding ocean waters are a bluer blue than the greens are green. But as you take an additional stroke for your putting, you can look out into the Pacific Ocean, and let the stress just melt away with the waves crashing in the background.
Location: 56-501 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI - Phone (808) 293-5842
Check out more details at the Kahuku Golf Course city website
Everything about the Marriott Ko Olina facilities are nothing short of
being immaculate and the best in its class. The Ko Olina Golf
Club is no exception! It’s rated in the top 100 golf courses
in Gold Digest Magazine.
Located on the Westside tip of Oahu, near Barbers Point, is 6,868 yards of prime green real estate! It’s loaded with rolling hill fairways, nicely elevated tee box greens, and water features through out the course. Take an extra moment, maybe even a picture, on signature hole number 12. You’ll find yourself standing on an elevated rock bed with a cascading waterfall. Arrive at the 18th and you’ll feel like you’ve just entered a water park – a beautiful way to finish a round at the Ko Olina Golf Course.
Location: 92-1220 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei, HI - Phone (808) 676-5300
Check out more details at www.KoOlinaGolf.com
The Makaha Resort Golf Club is the farthest northwest resort and golf
course, and well worth the drive to play this gem of a course.
It’s also one of the very few Oahu resorts that you can check into your hotel and enjoy playing golf onsite.
This William Bell designed course sits back in Makaha Valley, perched on top on a hillside with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean below, and towering volcanic mountainside behind. The Makaha Golf Resort itself provides some incredible viewing grounds, whether you are golfing or not.
You will find many credible sources that rate this course number one among the best of Oahu golf courses. It’s just shy of 7100 yards, making this a par 72 course. Not only is it rated as one of the best Oahu golf courses, but also contends as one of the toughest to play. With a USGA ranking of 73 in difficulty, this course has definitely been designed to challenge your game.
Location: 84-626 Makaha Valley Rd, Waianae, HI - Phone (808) 695-9578
Check out more details at www.PacificLinks.com
The West Loch Golf Course is only about 30 miles outside of Waikiki Oahu, and worth the small trek to swing the clubs in paradise!
This very well could be one of the best bangs for the buck amongst the municipal
golf courses in Oahu for the weekend hackers. Don’t
get me wrong…this course is challenging, but a little bit short.
Opened fairly recently in 1990, this Rodney Wright & Robin Nelson designed Oahu golf course features 6480 yards from the blue tees. The West Loch Golf Course is laid with Bermuda grass fairways and greens so make sure you make adjustments accordingly. Keep in mind what they say about playing on Bermuda grass -- the ball always rolls towards the ocean!
The challenge here are the water hazards…and many of them! You might want to double check your golf bag and make sure you have enough golf balls to finish your round. And just when you think you've got your hands full, the tradewinds may decide to create havoc with your game.
Location: 91-1126 Okupe St, Ewa Beach, HI - Phone (808) 675-6076
Check out more details at the West Loch Golf Course city website
The Olomana Golf Links holds its own as it ranks high in the Best of
Oahu Golf Courses. Just ask President Obama, and I’m sure he
would agree. Barack Obama grew up playing the Olomana Golf
Course, and still returns on occasion for a round or two when he’s
taking a break for the White House.
This par 72, 18 hole golf links was designed with a high level of difficulty. Hopefully you won’t be watching your ball sink to the bottom of too many water hazards, or plopping into the sand traps, like a fried egg.
Part of the natural Hawaiian beauty that gives this course it’s prestige, is the captivating backdrop views of the Ko’olau mountain range. You literally can feel the raw power of these Hawaiian towering mountains present in the fairways. Just make sure you transform some of that power back into your swing!
Location: 41-1801 Kalaninaole Hwy, Wimanalo, HI - Phone (808) 259-7926
Check out more details at www.PacificLinks.com
The Pali Golf Course is one of the oldest Oahu golf courses, built back
in 1953. Step onto these grounds, and you’ll feel like you
time traveled much farther back than the 1950’s, and into the
prehistoric dinosaur age. Surrounded by oversized tropical
plants, jungle like surroundings, and dark Ko’olau mountains towering
above the course, they should rename the Pali Golf Course to Jurassic
Park Golf Adventure Park. The only thing missing is the
shadow of a teradactyl flying above, or the sound of a tyrannosaurus
rex breaking through the brush – trust me…it will cross your mind!
The Pali Golf Course is located in an alter ego type setting. Above you is the Pali lookout, where a famous battle took place. This is where King Kamehameha led his warriors up the mountain, and literally pushed his enemies off the cliff and sent them plunging deep in to the valley below. That’s right…just about where you’re putting!
Then turn your head and look the opposite direction
below, and paradise takes a whole new meaning. The beautiful
Windward Kaneohe coastline is probably the most breath taking on Oahu
This 6,525 yard, Willard G. Wilkinson designed Oahu golf course is one of my casual favorites to play. It’s a little more relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the setting and your game more.
The only drawback to playing the Pali Golf Course are the Ko’olau mountain winds and occasional tropical downpours that sometimes play a factor on your scorecard.
Also take note that there are no sand traps to be found, but steer clear of the stream that runs through the course.
Location: 45-050 Kamehameha Hwy, aneohe, HI - Phone (808) 266-7610
Check out more details at the Pali Golf Course city website
Drive to the southern eastern tip of Oahu and you’ll find yourself at
the Hawaii Kai Golf Course…or should I say courses? That’s
right, there’s one championship course plus an 18-hole executive course
– your choice!
The championship course was designed by William Bell and erected in 1973. There is 6500 yards of green real estate to play here. This course is moderately challenging and offers gorgeous views of the blue Pacific Ocean.
Location: 8902 Kalanianaole Highway Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 395-2358
Check out more details at www.hawaiiKaiGolf.com
As you can see, there are many Oahu golf courses to choose from, no matter what your handicap is! Go make your reservations and have a great time.....