You’ll find most Oahu golf courses are kept in great tiptop shape, and rank as some of the best Hawaii golf courses to choose from. Should you be inclined to challenge yourself at a North shore golf course or want to stay close to your hotel and do some golfing in Waikiki…either way you will have great Oahu golf vacation. From hidden finds such as the Kahuku golf linx on the countryside of the north shore to signature courses like the Ko'olina Golf Course, we cover it all! Discover the top 11 courses on the island!
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.
There are prestigious Oahu golf courses on the island including Turtle Bay, Hawaii Prince, Ko'olina Golf Course & Olomana Golf Links!
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, and the Pali Golf Course.
Located towards the tip of north shore 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.
Course – Turtle Bay Golf
The Arnold Palmer Course, also known as the Links of Kuilima, has been the
recent home to the PGA & LPGA SBS Open. Set up with 5 sets of
starting tees, this course offers a golfing game for all different
levels. If you are feeling the challenge, you can play from
the black tees, giving you more than 7200 yards to concur. Book Tee
George Fazio Course – Turtle Bay Golf
Spacious fairways, moon crater bunkers, and nice greens make up the George Fazio Course. This north shore golf course resort very well could be the best bang for your buck, especially if you are staying at the Turtle Bay Resort Oahu itself. The best part about this course is that you will most likely get the privilege of having it all to yourself.
Location: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI
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.
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
This north shore golf course is not meant to be taken too seriously, but more or less for 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.
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 on this amazing Oahu golf vacation, maybe
even a picture, or two 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, Oahu HI
Located on 270 acres of open terrain in Ewa Beach, you’ll find an Oahu golf oasis waiting for you with 27 greens in pristine shape. It’s easy to set the bar high at Hawaii Prince Golf Club, because the put the money and maintenance into the course to keep up their reputation.
3 nine-hole courses (A, B & C courses) make up the 27 holes. They are intermixed to make 18 holes, which help keeps the flow moving, and switches it up to keep you challenge each time you come to play.
The fairways like the greens are in immaculate condition! You can get some extra yardage on your drives, as your ball rolls down the tight carpet strips.
Hawaii Prince Golf Club has a nice club house, an impressive grass driving range, and practice chipping greens and sand bunkers.
Fort Weaver Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
The west side of Oahu is warmer, dryer and host to a majority of the golf courses on the island. And the Kapolei Golf Club ranks as one of the most pristine golf courses in this region. Not only is it in great shape, but is a well-designed Ted Robinson par 72 course.
You will have more than your share of bunkers and 5 large lakes to deal with, but the course is wide open for the most part with beautiful palm trees throughout the 190 acres of grass. Afternoons can get windy, so consider reserving an early tee time.
Features – GPS tracking golf carts, 275 yard driving range with 30 stalls, large restaurant & bar w/ course views. Collared shirt and soft spikes required.
Location: 91-701 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI
The Makaha Valley Golf Club is the farthest northwest golf course, and well worth the drive to play this gem of a course.
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.
You will find many credible sources that rate this course number one among the best of Oahu golf courses. It’s about 6350 yards, making this a par 71 course. It's rated as one of the best Oahu golf courses for it's views and the shape of the greens. With a USGA ranking of 69.6 in difficulty from the white tees, you will have a fun time and move quickly through this Oahu golf course.
84-627 Makaha Valley
Rd, Waianae, Oahu, HI
The Olomana Golf Links holds its own as it ranks high in the Best of Oahu Golf Courses. Just ask 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.
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!
Hwy, Wimanalo, Oahu, HI
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 pterodactyl 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.
45-050 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI - Phone (808) 266-7610
Check out more details at the Pali Golf Course city website
The Ko’olau Golf Course could be argued as the lushest green course with the most dramatic views!
The views are simply amazing as this course backs up to the sky scraping Ko’olau mountain range, with shinning aqua blue ocean waters below at the coast side. The temperature generally stays cooler with clouds moving in and out of the mountains.
The natural hilly terrain and surrounding ravines gives this windward side course a reputation for being one of the hardest to play on the island, with a 152 slope rating. The Ko’olau Golf Course was designed by Dick Nugent back in 1992. The par 72 18-hole course is divvied up over 7,310 yards throughout the rain forest. You have 4 sets of tees to play off of…I’ll stick to my white tee box!
This course is located about a half hour or less outside of Waikiki. The club house is nice with full restaurant looking over the course. There is a driving range, along with practice putting greens available if you need to warm up before teeing off.
Location: 45-550 Kionaole Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744 - Phone (808) 236-4653
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 Wai Canal.
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 below 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
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!
This championship course was designed by William Bell and
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.
The fairways are fairly flat and wide, which you will help aid your handicap.
But be warned that the trade winds tend to pick up in the afternoon and shave off significant yardage off your swings, so be prepared to resize your club for each shot.
Myself...? I like the stunning views you get of the Makapuu Point mountainside from each hole – so don't forget to spend a moment to take it all in!
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Another great word for executive is easy going or beginner! This executive course is a fun par-3 (total Par 54) Oahu golf course. Although it may be short (2222 yards long), it does come with some level of difficulty – especially putting and chipping the numerous sloped greens.
This Oahu golf course winds up the
beautiful Makapuu Point Cliffside. You’ll find some
views of Koko Head. Turn around
and enjoy vast views of the Pacific! If you are lucky, you
might see a migrating whale or two making their journey.
Location: 8902 Kalanianaole Highway Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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)
If you’re like me, trying to keep you’re game under 100, and
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 ~ Makaha Valley Golf Club, Hawaii Kai Golf Course (Champion Ship Course)
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 ~ Hawaii Prince Golf Club
There are many Oahu golf courses to choose from, and we have highlighted the best! No matter what your handicap is, go make your reservations and have a great time out there...