In the master-planned communities of central and suburban O‘ahu, golf courses take center stage, and there are a plethora of public courses, especially on the ‘Ewa Plain.
Overlooking Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the USS Missouri, the Pearl County Club (98-535 Kaonohi St., 808/487-3802,) combines scenery and engaging golf with challenging course conditions and speedy downhill putts. The mature course also has a driving range, practice putting green, and a short game area. Rates for 18 holes are $130, twilight (after 3:30pm) $50.
With views of Pearl Harbor, downtown Honolulu, and Diamond Head, the Royal Kunia Country Club (94-1509 Anonui St., 808/688-9222) in Waipahu is a Robin Nelson-designed course situated across an undulating landscape with abundant water features and 101 bunkers. Greens fees for 18 holes are $150, twilight rates (after 2pm) are $80.
Also in Waipahu, the Ted Makalena Golf Course (93-059 Waipio Access Rd., 808/675-6052), an 18-hole par-71 course, has a level layout and is great for beginners. The greens fees for 18 holes are $52, twilight or nine holes $26; cart rental is $20 for 18 holes and $10 for nine holes.
Situated in a planned residential development, the 18-hole golf course at Waikele Country Club (94-200 Paioa Pl., 808/676-9000) is full of water features like ponds and waterfalls, along with strategically placed bunkers for a challenging Ted Robinson-designed course. Greens fees are $130; twilight $80 after 1pm.
Wooded with Cook pine, eucalyptus, and red African tulip trees, Mililani Golf Course (95-176 Kuahelani Ave., 808/623-2222) is an 18-hole, par-72 course offering a sense of remoteness and tranquility situated between the Ko‘olau and Wai‘anae Ranges with amazing views. Visitor greens fees are $99 and $75 for twilight, after 11am.
Hawaii Country Club (92-1211 Kunia Rd., 808/621-5654) is designed into the natural landscape of the area, utilizing the hills, valleys and nearly 200 wide-spreading monkeypod trees. The course favors accuracy over long-range driving. Greens fees for U.S. residents are $70 weekdays and $80 weekends for 18 holes; rates for international visitors are $85 weekdays and $90 weekends for 18 holes. Check online for discounted rates. Carts are included. There is also a driving range and practice green.
Designed by Robin Nelson, the West Loch Golf Club (91-1126 Okupe St., 808/675-6076) is a par 72 with a short but challenging layout. It has a variety of water features including lakes, streams, and the West Loch of Pearl Harbor. The greens fees for 18 holes are $52, twilight or nine holes $26; cart rental is $20 for 18 holes and $10 for nine holes.
The Ewa Villages Golf Course (91-1801 Park Row St., 808/681-0220) is rated as O‘ahu’s toughest 18-hole course among the five most difficult courses. With the tight fairways, wind plays a major factor on this links-style course. The greens fees for 18 holes are $52, twilight or nine holes $26; cart rental is $20 for 18 holes and $10 for nine holes.
Coral Creek Golf Course (91-1111 Geiger Rd., 808/441-1112) is another Nelson designed course. Water features are prevalent, found on more than 13 holes, and the wind also factors into the course and your game. Elevated greens are protected by strategic bunkers incorporating sloping conditions. Rates are $180 for 18 holes, $80 for twilight (after noon), $70 nine-hole play after 11am. Carts are included with greens fees, and they offer a golf and transportation package for $170, club rental for an extra $20.
The Hawaii Prince Golf Club (91-1200 Fort Weaver Rd., 808/944-4567) is a 27- hole, par-72 championship course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Water is a major design feature throughout the three nines that were initially carved from coral rock. Don’t be surprised to see Hawai‘i’s native waterbirds taking advantage of the lush, verdant setting. The non-hotel guest rate is $160 for 18 holes, $60 for twilight (after 2:30pm), and an additional nine holes the same day is $26. There are discounted rates for Hawaii Prince Hotel guests. They also have transportation and golf packages.
At the end of Fort Weaver Road you’ll find the 18-hole Ewa Beach Golf Club (91-050 Fort Weaver Rd., 808/689-6565). Great for all abilities, the creative course is relatively level with rolling greens set amid a kiawe forest. Housing and water features border the course. Greens fees are $140; twilight $95 after 1pm.
A former site of the LPGA Hawaiian Ladies Open, the Kapolei Golf Course (91-701 Farrington Hwy., 808/674-2227) has over 70 sand bunkers, three lakes, wide landing areas, and greenside chipping areas to accommodate all levels of golfers. Greens fees are $160.
Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon O’ahu.