10 Best Golf Courses on Oahu

If hitting the links is in your agenda while you’re in Hawaii, the Honolulu areas wide variety of scenic golf courses will absolutely be up to par.

There are more than 40 public and private top golf courses on the island of Oahu. Some of these courses are top of the line luxury courses for the avid golfers seeking out a challenge and others can be accessible for the more recreational golfer. These top Oahu golf courses are not only some of the best greens, but offer breathtaking mountain, ocean, and forest views. Oahu, being a moderately sized island, has dynamic climates and landscapes making it easy to satisfy everyone’s golfing preferences. Whether you want to golf at the calm foothills of a mountain or on the coast for some seaside and breezy obstacles, Oahu’s golf courses have it all.

The area has a variety of courses all within about an hour from one another by car, with championship courses for the pros and some easy to use recreational driving ranges for the non-competitive player or someone just looking to hit the ball all located just minutes apart.

We’ve provided a top 10 Oahu golf course list, going into detail based on each golfers preference to find the best course for them. The highest rated Oahu golf courses can be found at areas:

Hawaii’s Prince
Ko Olina
Turtle Bay
Moanalua Golf Club
Waialae Golf Course

Complete top 10 Oahu golf course list:

1. Hawaii Prince Golf Club
Hawaii Prince Golf Club makes for an enjoyable golfing experience for either the experienced or amateur golfer. There’s an interchangeable nine holes making it easy to tailor it to your skill set. The course incorporates 90 white sand bunkers, 10 lakes, and 27 greens. This course opened up in 1992, designed by architects Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. This course was made to satisfy the Hawaiian vacationer, making this course pristine and perfect for your day out on the links.

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
100 Holomoana Street Honolulu
(888) 977 4623

2. Ko Olina Golf Course
Ko Olina Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole course that is home to the LPGA LOTTE Tournament. This beautiful course designed by architect Ted Robinson. Avid golfers have said that this is the best green they’ve golfed on Oahu and it’s all about location, location, location. While other golf courses have tough greens and unfavorable tradewinds, this course is primed to perfection for your golfing experience. Also, Ko Olina offers a top of the line driving range for anyone not looking to take on the obstacle of 18-holes.

Ko Olina
92-1480 Ali’lnui Drive Honolulu
(808) 671 2512

3. Turtle Bay Golf Course
Turtle Bay Golf Course is located about 45 minutes from downtown Honolulu on Oahu’s North Shore. This side of the island feels like a whole new world with classic Hawaiian homes, farms, and openness. Turtle Bay Golf Course is known for its’ partnership with the number one brands in golf, Titleist by featuring top of the line irons, drivers, fairway metal, and hybrid series for all looking to hit the links on the North Shore. So if you left your clubs on the mainland, no fear, Turtle Bay Golf Course is beyond well-equipped to take care of your golfing experience.

Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii
(808) 293 8000

4. Moanalua Golf Course
Moanalua Golf Course is the state’s oldest golf course, located near downtown Honolulu, attracting golfers since 1898. This course is known for the world famous Amelia Earhart who landed her plane on this courses grounds. This 18-hole course is set on a massive fairway, the two closing holes are a par 3 and par 4 requiring “pinpoint accuracy.” The architect for this golf course was Damon Estate.

1250 Ala Aolani St.
Honolulu, HI 96789
(808) 839 2411

5. Waialae Golf Course
Waialae Golf Course, better known as the Waialae Country Club and Golf Course is a member an exclusive member only club. The Waialae Country Club Golf Course is best known for hosting the annual Sony Championship which brings in professionals and golf lovers from all around the globe. Tickets to this event are an affordable $20 for the day and $50 week long tickets.
A few great golfer’s to take the trophy at the Sony Open are Russell Henley, Johnson Wagner, Mark Wilson, and Ryan Palmer. Each year the event is hosted in January, it is Hawaii’s largest charity event. Since 1999 the Sony Open raised $13 million dollars for local organizations. Since 1999 this event has continued to grow and has continued to take the lead as Hawaii’s largest charitable event year after year benching $1 million dollars annually benefiting more than 150 non profit organizations. The Sony Event hosted at Waialae Golf course is the PGA Tours most international event. The creation of the Waialae Golf Course dates back before 1927 when it was first opened. Seth Raynor, a world famous golf architect and Charles Banks, an associate, designed the construction of Waialae. The work between these two men was incredibly thought-out and creative. The par thirteen at Waialae Golf Course is designed from a hole at the Biarritz Course in France, the eighth hole after the Redan hole on the North Berwick Course in Scotland, the sixteenth hole after the National Course at Southampton, Long Island, and the tenth whole is featured after the seventeenth hole at St. Andrews Course in Scotland. By 1930 this course was officially referred to as the Waialae Country Club and was a member exclusive club only.

A few Oahu golf courses up in the Koolau Mounts on the Windward side of Oahu include:

6. Koolau Golf Course
Koolau Golf Course was rated one of the most challenging courses in North America by the U.S. Golf Association along with overwhelming beauty. This is an 18-hole championship course set at the foothills of the Koolau mountain range offering dramatic rainforest scenery.

The Golf Courses Division maintains the six Honolulu area golf courses. It is this golf course division “established rules and regulations governing use, developing administrative policies and procedures for operations and management, improving golf services, formulating annual operating and capital improvement budgets, proposing user fees, planning new courses and facility improvements and facilities, and overseeing golf course food, and pro shop and driving range concessions.” For information regarding the golf courses e-mail citygolf@honolulu.gov and is located at 404 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu operating hours from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday thru Friday.

7. Ala Wai Golf Course

The Ala Wai Golf Course is located at 404 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu this flat golf course is located right on the outskirts of Waikiki along the beautiful Ala Wai Canal. Behind the golf course is stunning views of the Koolau mountain range, you will find yourself golfing right at the foot of this scenic area. On the other side is views of Diamond Head crater and the Waikiki skyline, nothing gets more Honolulu than Ala Wai golf course, located in the heart of Waikiki area.

The hours of operation are daily from 5:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Star Beachboys Pro Shop is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily here you’ll find club rental, golf merchandise, and hand cart rental. Reach the pro shop directly for questions at (808) 738 4652. The Ala Wai Golf Course also offers a driving range which offers golf merchandise and lessons to all ages. You can reach the driving range at (808) 738 4653.

8. Ewa Villages Golf Course
Ewa Villages Golf Course is a very challenging 18-hole course located at 91-1760 Park Row Street in Ewa Beach. The challenge is mainly due to the winds and skinny fairways, this course is definitely for accurate golfers who are skilled at reading the wind and precision. The golf course is surrounded by lakes and streams, with some rough lands along the perimeter. Ewa Villages Golf Course is located about 32 miles from downtown Honolulu which can end up being almost an hour drive from Waikiki by car, located in Leeward Oahu. The men’s course is 6,455 yards, par 73, rated 70.9, slope 122. The women’s course is 5,595 yards, par 73, rating 73.6, and slope at 124.

The Starter’s Office and Clubhouse is open 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily and can be reached at (808) 681 0220.

If you’re looking for seaside links, Kahuku Golf Course located in Kahuku Hawaii on Oahu’s North Shore is the place for you. Kahuku Golf Course is a 9-hole course. The men’s course is 5,398 yards, par 70, rating 65.2, 18 holes, and slope 111. The women’s course is 5,398 yards, par 72, rating 69.0, 18 holes, and slope 112. This golf course is a sporty oceanside course that is for experienced golfers due to the breezy tradewinds coming off the oceanfront. The course is approximately 40 miles from Honolulu and about an hour and fifteen minute drive from Waikiki. The Clubhouse is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily and can be reached at (808) 293 5842. The Kahuku Golf Course also offers an on-site access to soft drinks, snacks, vending machines and picnic tables great for anyone who wants to pack a lunch at enjoy it seaside.

9. Pali Golf Course
The Pali Golf Course is an 18-hole course located on 45-050 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe Hawaii which is on the Windward side of Oahu approximately seven miles from downtown Honolulu at the foot of the Koolau mountain range. The men’s course is 6,524 yards, par 72, rating at 70.4, slope 126 and the women’s course is 6,050 yards, par 74, rating 74.5, slope 127. This picturesque golf course is quite challenging due to its hillside location, but with scenic surroundings Pali Golf course makes for one great day of golf. The clubhouse is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily and can be reached at (808) 266 7612. The Pro Shop “Pro Am” is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM where you can rent clubs and hand carts as well as purchase golf merchandise. The Pro Shop can be reached at (808) 262 2911. Fatboy’s Fairways Bistro Restaurant, snack bar, and banquet hall is open Sunday to Wednesday from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM and on Thursdays 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Friday’s, Saturday’s and days before holidays from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM. For questions and inquiries regarding the banquet hall call (808) 380 6670.

10. Ted Makalena Golf Course
The Ted Makalena Golf Course is an 18-hole course located at 93-059 Waipio Point Access road in Waipahu Hawaii, about 15 miles from downtown and a 45 minute drive from Waikiki. The men’s course is 5,976 yards, par 71, rating 67.9, and slope 110. The women’s course is 5,551 yards, par 73, rating 71.0, and slope 115. This course can be described as relatively flat, located near Waipahu and on the peninsula near Pearl Harbor. The clubhouse opens up at 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily and can be reached at (808) 675 6052.

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