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Municipal Golf Courses in Hawaii

Golfers can save money by playing at one of Hawaii's municipal golf courses instead of playing at an expensive resort or country club. Golfing fees are higher for visitors then for residents at Hawaii's municipal golf courses, but even so, you will pay an average of $40 per round at these courses. This is very reasonable when compared to the $100-$200 charged by some of Hawaii's top golf resorts. The municipal courses typically have more residents visitors and tee-times can fill up fast. Try to call at least a week in advance to book your game.

Ala Wai Golf Course
The Ala Wai Municipal Golf Course in Waikiki
Photo Credit: United States Geological Survey

There are eight municipal golf courses in Hawaii, six on the island of Oahu, one on the island of Maui, one on the island of Kauai, and one on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Oahu's Municipal Golf Courses

All six of the municipal golf courses on the island of Oahu are operated and maintained by the City and County of Honolulu. You can make tee time reservations at all six of these golf course by calling 808-296-2000.

Ala Wai Municipal Golf Course

This flat, 18 hole, 145 acre golf course is located across the Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki at 404 Kapahulu Avenue. It has views of Diamond Head Crater, the Koolau Mountains, and the skyline of Waikiki. It has been reported to be the busiest golf course in the United States with more the 225,000 rounds played every year. The original 9 hole Ala Wai Golf Course was designed by Donald Mackay and it opened for the first time on September 13, 1931. At that time it was the only municipal golf course in Hawaii. The second nine holes opened on July 10, 1937, and the clubhouse as built in 1948. The course was redesigned by Bob Baldock in 1962 and by Robin Nelson in the late 1980's. When the course first opened in 1931 it was run by the Hawaii Territorial Fair Commission. That commissioned was abolished when Hawaii became a state, and at that time the City and County of Honolulu took over the land. There has always been a great deal of pressure to development valuable the golf course land with hotels and condominiums but so far, Honolulu has resisted. Greens fees are $40 for non-residents.

Ewa Villages Municipal Golf Course
Busy 18 hole, par 73 golf course on the southwest side of Oahu. Designed by Richard Bigler and built in 1996. Located at 91-1760 Park Row Street in Ewa Beach.

Kahuku Municipal Golf Course
The 9 hole, 35 par 2699 yard Kahuku Golf Course is a walking-only course on the northeast shore of Oahu that first opened in 1937. No golf carts are allowed but pull-carts are OK. Located at 56-501 Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku. Greens fees are $20 for non residents.

Pali Municipal Golf Course
Scenic 18 hole hillside course on the windward side of Oahu with views of the Koolau Mountains and Kaneohe Bay. This difficult, hilly course was designed by Willard Wilkinson and it first opened in 1954. Located at 45-050 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe. Address: 45-050 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe 96744

Ted Makalena Municipal Golf Course
A flat, 18 hole golf course situated on a peninsula of land that extends into Pearl Harbor. Panoramic views of ships in Pearl Harbor. The course was designed by Bob E. Baldock and Robert L. Baldock and it was built in 1971. Located at 93-059 Waipio Point Access Road in Waipahu.

West Loch Municipal Golf Course
This 18 hole, Par 72, 6615 yard golf course is on the northeast edge of the Ewa Peninsula. It was designed by Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright and it first opened in 1990. Located at 91-1126 Okupe Loop Street in Ewa Beach.

Maui's Municipal Golf Courses

Waiehu Municipal Golf Course
This 174 acre, 18 hole, par 72 golf course shares a waterfront location with Waiehu Beach Park. The current 18 holes were built in 1945. The Waiehu Golf Course hosted the 1996 USGA Amateur Links Championship. Facilities and amenities include a restaurant, pro shop, golf cart rentals,. Located near Wailuku at 200 Halewaiu Road. For more information call 808-270-7402.

Big Island Municipal Golf Course

Hilo Municipal Golf Course
18 hole golf course designed by Willard G. Wilkinson. Located at 340 Haihai Street in the town of Hilo on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day except December 25 and January 1. For more information call 808-959-9601.

Kauai Municipal Golf Course

Wailua Municipal Golf Course
This 18 hole, par 72 golf course was one of the first golf courses built in Hawaii. The original course built in the 1920's had only 6 holes, and 3 more were added in the 1960's. In 1961 the course was completely renovated and 9 additional holes designed by Toyo Shirai were added. The Wailua Municipal Golf Course has hosted three USGA Amateur Public Links Championships. Facilities and amenities include a driving range, putting green, golf cart rental, pro shop, showers, and lockers. The course has no restaurant but one of Hawaii's famous lunch trucks is always nearby. The Wailua Golf Course is located on the east coast of Kauai, about three miles north of the Lihue Airport. For more information call 808-241-6666.

See also:
- Other Golf Courses in Hawaii
- About Golfing in Hawaii
- Attractions in Hawaii by Island
- Activities in Hawaii

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