Golfing O‘ahu’s windward side offers a handful of courses to choose from catering to golfers of all skill levels and a range of budgets, and many of the more pricey courses offer decent twilight rates (usually 1pm onward).
With beautiful views of Koko Crater, the Makapu‘u cliffs, and the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaii Kai Golf Course (8902 Kalanianaole Hwy., 808/395-2358) is both enjoyable and challenging. The Championship Course has the largest greens in the state with deep bunkers, and the Executive Course, a much shorter layout with undulating, sloping greens, focuses on putting and chipping for the most advanced golfers. The wind is always a factor as well, blowing straight off the ocean and creating another factor to consider on these courses.
Greens fees for the Championship Course are $110, $70 twilight (after 1pm) and for Executive Course are $38.50 weekday, $43.50 weekend. The entrance to the golf course is right off Kalanianaole Highway, between Sandy Beach Park and Makapu‘u.
The front nine has level fairways and water hazards at every hole, while the back nine features rolling hills and sand bunkers.Just outside of Waimanalo town, on the Kailua side, is Olomana Golf Links (41-1801 Kalanianaole Hwy., 808/259-7926), an 18-hole, par-72 course.
The front nine has level fairways and water hazards at every hole, while the back nine features rolling hills and sand bunkers. The course also has stunning views of the Ko‘olau Mountains. Play 18 holes with a cart for $95, $80 second visit, and $60 each additional visit. Twilight greens fees are $80 after 1:30pm.
Bay View Golf Park (45-285 Kaneohe Bay Dr., 808/247-0451) is an affordable 18-hole course in Kane‘ohe that has a double-decker range facility and is open for night play during the week. Visitor rates are $18 weekday, $26 weekend, $10 cart fee for 9 holes, and $26 weekday, $34 weekend, $14 cart fee for 18 holes.
For a more scenic and lush experience, visit the 18-hole Pali Golf Course (45-050 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/233-7499). This challenging, hillside course has three sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens fees are $50 daily.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.