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45-550 Kionaole Rd
Kaneohe, HI  96744-4506
United States
P: (808) 236-4653
F: (808) 235-8295
www.koolaugolfclub.com
Koolau Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,797 yards | 158 slope

74.4 rating | Bahia grass

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Koolau Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Koolau" course at the Koolau Golf Club facility in Kaneohe, Hawaii features 6,797 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 74.4 and it has a slope rating of 158 on Bahia grass.  Designed by Richard P. Nugent, ASGCA/Jack Tuthill, the Koolau golf course opened in 1993. YHB Hospitality Group manages this facility, with Ken Terao as the General Manager.

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I played here in late September of 09'. A very pretty course with no shortage of challenges. I played the "resort tees" (equivalent to the whites on most courses)and shot in the low 40's for the front 9. I switched to the next set back (gold-I think) and shot a 50 on the back. As a 12 handicapper, I was pretty pleased. The guy I got teamed up with played from the tips(black tees)and shot around 100. If you hit it reasonably straight and with average length, you can hold your own here, provided you play from the proper tees for your ability. It seemed that most of the fairways were wide, so the majority of the difficulty rests on the forced carries and tricky fairway lies. The greens are some of the strangest I've ever seen too. The starter said that the grass type accepts brackish water, so it cuts down on watering and weed killer costs. They were very different from the bent-grass greens on my home courses in upstate N.Y., and slower than you might think. All aspects of course conditioning were above average. Carts were electric and in decent shape-though mine did lose charge around hole #14 (a common problem for electric carts on hilly courses). The staff was great, but I have to give a real tip of the hat to the starter. One issue that I could see being a problem here is slow play. Again-play the appropriate tees for your ability.

Ko'olau Golf Course is definitely one of my favorites. The scenery is really beautiful - picture tall, green, sharply ridged mountain ranges (kind of like an accordian), beautiful jungle-like Hawaiian foliage, and amazing views down to the ocean. When you play golf there, you feel like you're playing golf in another world. The course is set right against the Ko'olau mountains and there are no houses around or any noise from traffic. You only hear the birds. When you play a round of golf at Ko'olau Golf Course it feels like the course belongs to you and your golfing buddies because the area is so thick with jungle from one hole to the next, you won't see other golfers unless it's in passing or you're waiting for your next shot. Play on this course can take a bit longer than usual because it's quite difficult - many people don't know the course well (many blind shots) or spend a lot of time looking for wayward golf balls. Still, to experience a course like this at least once would be something that you would never forget. Never mind that you had to go back to the clubhouse after the front nine to purchase the cheapest package of golf balls!

My one and only trip to Hawaii (so far), so I researched many courses on Ohau. I planned several and a few golf buddies said "if you want to golf on an ocean, go to Florida, where else in the U.S. can you golf in a rain forest on an Island"....I must say I agreed and I was not disappointed. The course is wonderful, scenery you must see for yourself. The fair ways were soft and not as plush as you see here in the states, but remember, it is a rain forest. Take it all in on every shot (you will have a lot) look 360 degrees....bring a great digital with plenty of batteries. I have over 400 shots from my round. What a great place. The only thing I wish is that they put the clubhouse online to order items from. I bought several polos and golf balls and would love to help grow this course to the general public.
Thanks to the entire staff who was more than willing to talk about the history and layout with me. The pros were great as to what to expect. When I make my way back to the islands (Yep get a chair ready for me), the Ko' Olau (pronounce when you get there and they can teach you) is the place to be.

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3rd hardest in the world? And you don't want to play from the tips? Why? The minimum requirement from the tips is to be able to force carry 220 yds+. Other than that, who cares if you score high? I too, lost over a dozen balls. Some of the best scenes on the course comes from playing from the tips! That is enough reason to play from the tips. Great time. Bring a rain coat. We got rain delayed here and there. One of the weirdest thing. You stop play for a few minutes and then you continue once the rain passes. Pretty cool. Oh, and watch out for your food. The native critters will eat your food that you leave on the cart. They are sneaky! A rather odd looking creature! My next stop...Turtle Bay!

Best course I have played in Hawaii!!!! With Military rate on a sunday $40 and a free case of balls..... for a high handicaper you will need them for the carrys on the back 9. My handicap is 16 usally shoot high 80s on all the courses I play in Hawaii and shot an 96 ans was really happy as I walked off the 18th green which I bogeyed after taking a drop from my noncarried over the trench T shot. You have to walk very slow off of the greens after you putt so you can take a look at all the views....its great!!!! I rated this a 10 on my courses even though my partners said they would never play it again because they shot in the 100s HAHAHA and they have the same mid 80s handicap as me.

Great Course play it!!!!

Warning!!! Bring alot of balls! This semi-link course will have you scratching your head while looking for that perfectly hit ball. There are many hills and slopes that seem to shoot your ball into OB. Not to mention how many blind shots you'll have to make. This course has more drop areas than some courses have greens. I do love this course though. Its one of my favorites. This challenging course will challenge the best golfers. Try it from the Black tees for the great views and the most fun. Sometimes they have a deal where your can play 36 holes for the price of 18(right before christmas). Not a good place for beginners but hey, who am I to judge. Worth the price.

Why anyone would subject themselves to this kind of enjoyable punishment is beyond me. I am a beginner and lost more balls than I can cound (I stopped at 30). The view is unmatched anywhere in the world. The greens were moist and very, very slow. It was like putting across a wet shag carpet. You almost have to chip on the green to get any distance. The slopes are very deceiving and challenging. All in all, one of the most interesting courses I have ever played in my short time golfing (about 2 weeks). I would definitely go back. Well worth the 30+ golf ball loss. Enjoy.

pricey course but the views make up for it. RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. Seeing the mountains on every hole is amazing. the landscaping and layout of every hole was fantastic. Had to play the tips. it played long but not absurdly long. there are some tough carries. the course is good on telling you how much to hit to the hazards (displayed on the cart path) I played the front 9 by myself then met up with a 3some on the back where it slowed a bit. only lost a few balls. course was in great shape. probaly wouldnt play it again even though i will never forget it.

WOW, this place is amazing

This place is awe inspiring! i must have lost a dozen balls at this course... but then again, if you take a few minutes to look in the woods... you can find a few dozen BRAND NEW balls that others just left behind! the price is too high to have this be your every weekend course, but you have to play here before you die.

Really enjoyed playing this course, even though it was drizzling/raining for the majority of the round. Views were simply amazing. I didn't find the course nearly as difficult as the prior reviews indicated, but I also maybe used driver on just 1 or 2 holes so I was playing it a bit on the safe side. Would highly recommend playing this course.

If you can imagine being in Jurassaic Park without the dinosaurs, then you would be smack in the middle of Ko'olau Golf Club. Simply manificent scenery, outstanding staff, excellent course condition, supremely challenging layout, and fantastic value. Oh yes, bring extra golf balls, an umbrella, and your camera!

This course is one of the toughest courses ion the world. When you play here you really do feel it! Quite beautiful and decently maintained with all of the rain they get on the windward side of the island. The most difficult course you can play on the island. You have got to be accurate!

Absolutely a must play. Probably the most memorable round of golf I have ever played. Tons of forced carries, lots of really firm bunkers. Amazing views (hit from the tips on 14, its well worth it.) my group of 4 lost at least 30 golf balls, and we had the best time ever doing it.

I will never forget my round of of golf at KO'OLAU, I just pray that God allows me to play there again.The most challenging and the MOST beautiful course I have ever played,and I have playrd some very nice courses. And as with the previous ratings I agree,don't forget extra balls.

Crazy hard, good condition, excellent afternoon rates (especially for military). Bring one or two extra golf balls and and an umbrella. It can rain 5 inchs with no notice. Try and play it when it is dry. They just recently aerated the greens.

Extremely challenging course - not recommended for beginners. You have to be able to carry ravines, waters, etc. And they say to bring the same number of balls as your handicap. Enjoy the scenery and great golf.

Use the replay rate! Not usually very crowded. Also, for a real challenge, play the back tees at 7300 yards. In soaking wet conditions it feels like 8000!

The best i have ever play. Nice course to play if i have the chance to play there one day i would go back. nice greens

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About Koolau

Koolau Golf Club

Golf Only facility

Managed by YHB Hospitality Group

20 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Tournaments of Koolau

No local tournaments listed for this course.

Course Staff

Ken Terao, General Manager
Darren Sato, Golf Professional
Tim Brubaker, Superintendent
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