So breathtaking are the dramatic vistas of the mountains and Pacific Ocean, that the golf balls you lose to the winding ravines and unforgiving roughs are all but forgotten at Koolau Golf Club.
The course's forward tees, designed by Dick Nugent, are pleasant for any skill level, but Koolau's back tees have earned the course a reputation for being one of the world's most challenging.
Koolau's natural grass driving range, elevated chipping green and two-tiered 7,000-square-foot putting green, make this course – complete with a backdrop of Oahu's rainforest – a must for any avid golfer.
Golf pros at Koolau say the proper club selection will allow you to handle the right-hand slope of the fairway on the par-5 number 1. Start to finish, this course is extremely demanding, the first hole and the last are considered the most taxing of all par-4s on Oahu.
Sundays don't have to be about golf OR church. Since 1996, the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu became the only church in the world to own a golf course. Carved out of conservation land, the 18-hole course was once rated as the most difficult course in the nation by the U.S. Golf Association.
“ If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves ”
Address : 45-550 Kionaole Rd., Honolulu HI 96744
Phone: (808) 236-4653
Web Address : www.koolaugolfclub.com
Distance/Drive Time from THE MODERN HONOLULU : 13 miles – a 27-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU : I-H-1 W to HI-61 N. Turn left onto HI-83 N. Turn left onto Kahiko Street and right onto Kionaole Road.