Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hawaii Golf Courses in Oahu and Maui

Hawaii map
One of my life-fulfilling wishes is to visit Hawaii, especially Oahu, where the entertainment value is high, the beaches and scenery are unparalleled and the golf is plenty.

And so I was excited to be asked as a guest on The Golf Club Radio Show with Danielle Tucker, to chat about the 60th Jennie K Invitational, the condition of Mid Pacific Country Club and Hawaii Golf in general.

As I googled and then clicked on the link to "Mid-Pac" Country Club, as it is called, you can't help but notice the beautiful scenery; crystal blue waters, mountains covered in light, fluffy clouds and sunsets that take your breath away. "Mid-Pac" is both "challenging and enjoyable" as stated on their website but, during our conversations with a few of the golfers prior to their respective rounds, I could see that the emphasis focused on "demanding".

Questioning Jason Amoy, Superintendent of "Mid-Pac" and also a guest on the Show, led me to understand the amount of work needed to make the greens and the course USGA "friendly" as well.

Although "Mid-Pac" is a "private" Country Club, you might be able to contact the Head Professional and obtain a tee time. It's worth a try!

There are many other stunning Hawaii golf courses, so bring your sticks or rent a set because you will have such fun figuring out the trade winds that you will want to play golf every day!



Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort
Several such "gems" are the Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio Courses at Turtle Bay Resort. Located on Oahu's North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort is best known for the LPGA and Champions Tour events held at the beginning of the golf season. Turtle Bay Resort is now also the home of the Hawaii State Open.

NBC Golf Analyst Mark Rolfing stated that "the Palmer Course is the best course on Oahu and Golf Digest listed it as one of the "2009 Top-100 Public Courses in America."



Ko'Olau Golf Course
If your preference is to gaze at the amazing Ko'olau Ridge Mountain while being surrounded by a lush, tropical rain forest, plan a visit to the Ko'olau Golf Club. Rated the Number One Golf Course on Oahu by Golf Digest and nicknamed The Worlds Most Challenging Golf Course, tee times are about $130 per person which could be considered a "bargain" depending on how you score!



When planning your Hawaii golf vacation, also consider Ewa Beach Golf Club, which is carved from a forest and considered a 'links' course as well as Honolulu Magazine's favorite, Makaha West Golf Club at Makaha Resort.

If you are not sure that you can get around to 18 holes or you want to play 27, score a tee time at Hawaii Prince Golf Club which offers three interchangeable nines.

For travelers who are considering 'island-hopping' through Hawaii, Maui is considered to be a premier destination for golf. Only a 30 minute flight from Oahu (about 70 miles) it is close enough to travel back-and-forth a few times in order to play some of the courses there.

Morgan Pressel won the inaugural LPGA Classic held at the magnificent Kapalua Bay Course there and is the Resort's host professional. The Ka'anapali Golf Courses are more "must-plays." For those who wish to play golf near a volcano, don't miss "Old Blue" or Wailea Golf Club, at the base of Mt. Haleakala.

I believe that skorts are a fashionable way to dress on Hawaii golf courses and so I think I will reserve the grass skirts for the hula at the Luau party afterward!

Click on the link to schedule your Hawaii tee times.

7 comments:

AnaVar said...

Wonderful place for golf! It's my first time here. I like your blog and I enjoyed going through it. I'm interested in golf and I find lots of useful information here. I'll visit you again soon and read older posts too!

Saaman said...

I like playing in many different Golf Courses like this.

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khernau said...

These are some amazing courses! My husband and I are going to be traveling there this summer! I want to hit up the spas, while my husband checks out a few oahu golf courses. I can't wait!

Sally Johnson said...

Thanks for the great tips! My husband and I are planning a trip to Hawaii. He loves to golf and we have been trying to find a good golf in oahu. We will remember the information you gave us as we decide what to do. Thanks :)

Sophie Mortimer said...

I've always been nervous to play golf in Oahu since so many experienced players also take golf vacations in Hawaii. How do the courses take to new players? I love to play, but I'm really inexperienced.

Alvin Payne said...

Nice site. Awesome place to golf. golfing in hawaii is golden. Could people show off some skills or experiences they had in hawaii while golfing? Keep posting.