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.
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.
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