Oahu Golf Courses

The island of Oahu contains more than 30 golf courses spanning from public and municipal Oahu golf courses to semi-private and private courses featured at Oahu resorts. Though courses on the neighboring islands of Kauai, Maui and Big Island are considered to be much more dramatic than golf courses on Oahu, there is still a wealth of challenging play to enjoy and plenty of beauty too. Oahu golf tournaments draw professionals from around the world to play PGA and LPGA competitions yearly.

The Turtle Bay Resort and Golf Club is a popular course and the only one of golf courses on Oahu boasting 36 holes. Situated along the stunning North Shore, one of the courses is designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and is a nostalgic reminder of an authentic Scottish links course.

Rolling terrain, water, sand and wind are all elements golfers will experience throughout their game. The first 9 holes on the front of the course has few trees yet presents a myriad of challenges, even for advanced golfers.

The back 9 holes are designed by George Fazio and have more narrow, treed fairways and plenty of water obstacles. The courses circumscribes Punahoolapa Marsh, a protected wetland area. From the back nine incredible ocean views come into play as do many other scenic expanses around the sprawling 880 acre property. Oahu golf tournaments at Turtle Bay include the Turtle Bay Championship, a yearly PGA Champions tour and many LPGA tournaments.

The Oahu golf courses at the Makaha Resort in Waianae, on island's west side, are designed by William F. Bell. Makaha West is one of the top golf courses on Oahu and is celebrated as much for its impressive beauty as it is for its rigorous play. This classic course sees golfers using just about every club they have along the par 72 championship setting. Guests enjoy cart access to each fairway allowing appreciation of the striking area.

The Makaha Resort offers private and group lessons and a driving range with the longest yard at 7,077 feet. At the pro shop guests are provided rental clubs and shoes and can arrange lessons from the PGA professional staff. A great day out is a game of golf at Makaha followed by an evening Oahu luau at Paradise Cove, one of the best of all luaus on the island.

Ko'olau Golf Club is considered one of the best Oahu golf courses and top Oahu attractions for golfers. This course is situated at the foothills of the Ko'olau Ridge Mountains and sculpted naturally from a breathtaking, tropical rainforest. While playing the course golfers experience three distinctive climates.

At Ko'olau golfers also come up against acute elevation changes, meandering ravines and scenic views of rushing waterfalls. The tropical jungle creates rugged terrain utilizing the chasms as marks for holes while boasting massive sand bunkers and lush tropical foliage. The back tees have a slope rating of 152 making it one of the toughest courses in Hawaii.

Oahu golf tournaments include the Hawaii Golf Galaxy Golf Tour open to average golfers throughout different public and semi-private Oahu golf courses. The professionally organized traveling tournament hosts friendly competition with teams of two and makes an annual stop in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Pearl Open is another of the Oahu golf tournaments dating back to 1979. Held each year in February, golfers from around the world travel to Hawaii to compete in the 54-hole tournament and to attempt qualification for the Hawaii Open. With many fantastic Oahu golf courses to play, and enough tournaments to keep up a competitive spirit during Hawaii holidays, Oahu is a great option for avid golfers looking for a demanding game

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