If you like your vacation spiced with plenty of time out on the fairways, take note: The Kahala’s one of the best-situated hotels for golf in Hawaii. Oahu leads the state in number & variety of golf courses, and they include some absolute stunners. Our island—the Gathering Place—turns out to be just as enchanting for golfers as any other visitor: The experience of teeing up against a backdrop of lush rainforest and jagged emerald mountains has no parallel on the U.S. mainland.
As one of the Aloha State's most luxurious and venerable resorts, we’d be proud to welcome you as our guest during your died-and-gone-to-heaven golf idyll in Hawaii. We’ll even set up your tee times and transportation for you, not to mention arrange for your equipment.
So let’s take a quick tour of some of the standout greens here in Oahu—all of them an easy and lovely drive from your luxury accommodations at The Kahala.
Ko Olina Golf Club
Over on Oahu’s west side, Ko Olina Golf Club truly has something for golfers of every persuasion and skill level. Named among Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.,” this 18-hole course reflects a gorgeous (and complex) design schemed up by Ted Robinson.
Ko’olau Golf Club
Once considered America’s toughest golf course, Ko’olau still lays claim to one of Oahu’s most spellbinding settings, tucked tight as it is against the green wall of the Ko’olau Range. Working through the 18 holes of this jungled and ravine-cut championship 72-par course will likely rank high in your list of Oahu memories.
Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
Brainchild of Peter and Perry Dye as well as Greg Norman, the 18-hole, 72-par Royal Hawaiian spreads its lush palm-, koa-, and banana-dotted course between the Ko’olau Range and pointy Mount Olomana in the Maunawili Valley.
Olomana Golf Links
This gorgeous course in Waimanalo is on the other side of the island from Waikiki and is popular with both local residents and visitors. The low-handicap golfer may not find this course difficult, but the striking views of the craggy Ko’olau mountain ridges are worth the greens fees alone. The par-72, 6,326-yard course starts off a bit hilly on the front 9, but flattens out by the back 9 -- which have their own special surprises, including tricky water hazards.
Ala Wai Golf Course
This 18-hole course, managed by the City and County of Honolulu, treats you to some incredible scenery along the Ala Wai Canal on Waikiki’s outskirts. How does finessing your drives and chips with views of the majestic Ko’olau Range and iconic Diamond Head sound?
Moanalua Golf Club
This semi-private 18-hole course within easy reach of downtown Honolulu is Hawaii’s oldest golf club, having been established back in the late 1800s. Any historically minded golfer exploring Oahu’s fairways ought to make Moanalua part of his or her foraying.
Hawaii Prince Golf Club
An interchangeable trio of nines (A, B, and C) makes the Hawaii Prince Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay design, the only 27-hole course in Hawaii. The backdrop of the Wainanae Mountains is worth it even when your bogeys are outnumbering your birdies.
Make the legendary Kahala Resort your Hawaii golf hotel—soaking up our lavish luxury as you do, of course—and then go out and try your luck on Oahu's jaw-dropping courses!
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