Oahu Golf Challenges All Skill Levels
No other island in Hawaii has as much golf and as many ways to challenge your
handicap. The golf experience on Oahu means teeing off in the middle of a lush
tropical rainforest, trying to ignore the sound of the North Shore’s pounding
surf as you putt, testing yourself against what is considered "The World’s Most
Challenging Golf Course," or navigating the fairways of the oldest course west
of the Mississippi.
It will surprise many people to learn that golf first came to Oahu within 10
years of the founding of the first golf club in the United States. There are
records of missionaries playing golf at a makeshift course in the mid-1890s.
Oahu’s first golf course, now known as the Moanalua Country Club, was built
in 1898 by Samuel Mills Damon.
Little did Samuel Damon realize that he would begin a golf course boom on the
island. Today, Oahu boasts more golf courses than any other island (over 30!)
in Hawaii. Oahu offers every type of golf facility and all levels of play with
the right degrees of difficulty, guaranteed to keep novices and experts on
If that isn’t enough, Oahu’s golf courses feature spectacular scenery - a
pleasant diversion on the fairways. Golfers will often pause mid-round to
take in the majestic Pali cliffs, dramatic shorelines and sweeping panoramic
views of Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor.
Oahu’s newest course, the Royal Kunia Country Club, opened to the public on
April 5, 2003, and has already been described as the best course on Oahu. The
course was originally completed in 1994, but has never been open. Situated
only 35 minutes from Waikiki, the course offers a great golfing experience for
the beginner to low handicapper. The par 5 ninth hole is the signature hole of
the course measuring 621 yards from the back tees. From the tee’s one gets a
gorgeous panoramic view of the entire south shore of Oahu.
One of Oahu’s premier courses, Makaha Resort Golf Club, set in peaceful
Makaha Valley, is just 40 minutes from the airport and continues to have
the reputation as one of the toughest, but fairest tests in the islands of
a golfer’s prowess. This 18-hole championship course designed by William P.
Bell, measures 7,077 yards with a rating of 74.3 and has been ranked one of
Hawaii’s top 10 courses by the readers of GOLFWEEK. The course is considered
to be one of the most naturally beautiful courses in Hawaii, with sheer
volcanic cliffs towering 1,500 feet above the lush greens where golfers share
the course with birds and peacocks.
On Oahu's scenic North Shore, The Turtle Bay Resort Golf Club is home to two
of the island’s top courses. Including an 18-hole championship course, named
for the "links" course design style of British seaside golf, challenges players
with sand, water and wind. Created by Arnold Palmer and master architect Ed
Seay, The Links course was built around an existing 100-acre wetland preserve
and habitat of several endangered Hawaiian birds. With championship tees
measuring 7,199 yards and a rating of 75, The Links was named one of the top
10 public-access courses by GOLF Magazine.
With views of both Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head, Waikele Golf Club tests the
skills of players with beautiful water features and strategically placed
bunkers. Designed by Ted Robinson, the course was created to afford challenges
and enjoyment to players of all skill levels. This 18-hole championship course
measures 6,663 yards and has a rating of 71.7. The club also features a
full-service driving range and a practice putting green.
Located on the sunny western shore of Oahu, Ko Olina Golf Club is a
challenging 18-hole championship course. This Ted Robinson-designed course
is brimming with exceptional water features on many holes and has no parallel
fairways. The 12th hole is the most memorable as golfers must drive their
carts under a waterfall to get to it. Ko Olina's championship tees measure 6,867
yards and hold a rating of 72.9. The club played host to the LPGA Ladies Hawaiian
Open from 1990 to 1995, and the 1992 Ko Olina Senior Invitational.
Oahu also has five municipal courses, many of which are real bargains. The
Ala Wai Municipal Golf Course has been named the busiest golf course in the
world by the Guinness Book of World Records. The 9-hole Kahuku Golf Course
features some dramatic beachside holes just steps from the Pacific Ocean.
Golfers at the lush Pali Municipal Golf Course will face some of the most
challenging and scenic downhill holes on the island.
Oahu is also host to one of Hawaii’s premier golf events, the Sony Open.
This popular tournament attracts spectators from all over the world and
professional golfers such as Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III,
John Daly, Fred Couples and Tom Lehman to the prestigious Waialae Country
With all these advantages, it's no wonder that golfers come from all over
the world to play on Oahu’s courses.
Article provided courtesy of the Oahu Visitor's Bureau
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