If you decide to golf on Oahu, you know what you are after. It isn’t the flash of some of the other Hawaiian Islands, no lava flows for you, no sir. You want challenge. You want to have to really thing about every shot, every stroke and every angle.
Oahu has over thirty courses for you to choose from. They range from public courses to municipal and from privet and semi privet. There are even military courses and resort courses as well.
One of the busiest municipal courses is in Waikiki, at the Ala Wai Golf Course. More than five hundred games are played there every day. The land is mostly flat, but don’t let that fool you. You will also find some large mounds at the greens that will keep you on your toes.
Ted Robinson designed the Ko Olin Golf Course on the island’s west side to be very challenging. Ed Seay designed the 27 hole Hawaii Prince Gold Course, built on the Ewa plain, along side Arnold Palmer. The islands newest addition to the golf course world is the Coral Creek Golf Course, also in Ewa. It features natural coral rock formations and a 6,870 yard layout. If you are looking to use just about every club in your arsenal, you need to visit the championship course at the Makaha resort. This one is a beauty that will make you think about what you are doing.
The Luana Hills Country Club, located in Kailua on the island east end, is well worth a visit. This club features a beautiful 18 hole course that has a par 72 and is surrounded by the Koolau Mountains and is nestled in between Kailua and Waimanalo. For a true beauty, both for golf and nature, the Koolau Golf Club has a site to behold. It is cut from a rainforest and is considered one of the toughest courses’ in the nation. This round will take you through three climates and wide elevation changes. You will also see ravines and waterfalls.
If you are looking for a resort on Oahu that has 36 holes, there is only one place for you. The Turtle Bay Resort and Golf club are the only on the island with that distinction. Top senior players on the PGA flock to the Turtle Bay for the annual Turtle Bay Championship. For a bit of the Scottish Links, look at the Arnold Palmer course. It features water, wind and sand. For large fairways and deep bunkers, the George Fazio is for you.
Another annual PGA Tour stop is the private Wailalae Country Club. Every January they host the Sony open.