Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer Course

4.2857000000 4.3 stars from 5 (21)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7218 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 57 Kuilima Dr, Kahuku, HI 96731, Honolulu County
  • (808) 293-8574
  • (808) 293-9094
  • turtlebayresort.com/hawaii-golf
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Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1992), Ed Seay (1992)
Type: Public/Resort
Greens: Paspalum Grass
Fairways: Paspalum Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes, lighted, grass tees
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Credit cards accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black/Palmer 72 7218 yards 74.4 143
Blue 72 6795 yards 72.5 140
Gold 72 6225 yards 70.0 132
White 72 5574 yards 67.0 125
White (W) 72 5574 yards 71.9 128
Red 72 4851 yards 64.3 121
Red (W) 72 4851 yards 68.0 117

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 21 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

20 out of 21 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers entertaining clients a weekend splurge   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining amazing food  

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"Great course best on Oahu for sure."


golfmel24's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the greens and course was interesting. Pace was a little slow, foursome two in front was very slow. No personnel every drove thru. We are at a resort and on the beautiful North Shore of Hawaii but you get a little out of sink when waiting for your next shot. All in all I would highly recommend this course. Loved it!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Superb Golf Course, Spectacular Views"


infolab1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Palmer Course at Turtle Bay provides some of the most spectacular island and ocean views you could hope for. The course was in fabulous shape with some of the best greens I've played on this year. Two of us played and our wives rode with us. ($25 rider fee is more than reasonable.) The winds made it challenging, but even then the course was extremely fun to play and we had a fantastic, fun day. After our round we had a really, really good lunch at the clubhouse grill (I recommend the chargrilled burger). The staff in both the restaurant and the club house were very friendly. I've played six different courses in Hawaii and this one is hands down my favorite. You cannot go wrong with this course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Favorite Oahu Course that I can play"


BirdiesandBrews808's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I usually play this course 2-3 times a year. For the last couple of years I have been a member of the Turtle Bay Golf Play program which give me access to some great deals on tee-times for this course.

It's really two different styles of course - Front 9 a bit more of a linksy' layout. Back nine winds it way through the woods bordered by by wetlands. Only one of the 18 holes do you see the ocean (#17), wind is always a challenge, particularly on the front nine. I have yeat to play from the blue tee's, which I will liklely do the next time I play this course, Playing fromt the Gold, if your t-shot is with the wind, you can end up in some trouble. Either put away the driver or move back a tee.

Look for the old Marconi Radio Station on #14 and use the coolers on your cart if you buy a sandwich from the roving cart (the Mongoose on this course are downright criminal).


Player Tip: Play in the morning to avoid the wind. Make sure to check the movement of the trees on the Back-Nine. Make the wind your friend.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Staff needs an attitude adjustment."


u000003980631's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was expecting more from a $185.00 course in Hawaii. Only a few holes had ocean views and the staff friendliness was marginal at best.

Pace of play was good, course layout and difficulty made for a fun time, just dissatisfied with the treatment from the staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Super challenging course"


gvgorski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the most challenging course I have played. That is in comparison to the Florida Disney courses, also managed by Palmer. I am a 15 handicap and played the blues (6700 yds). There are hazards in play on virtually all shots, and you are penalized if you spray the ball. Course in great shape. Greens, bunkers, fairways all perfect. Bring your A game and enjoy the scenery around you. It is beautiful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Just a fun course to play!"


Gabrial6572516's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course condition was great. Very well layed out course with many blind shots and more water than I thought there would be. Definitely will play the course differently next time as I hit driver when I should have layed up on a couple holes. You'll see. Service was great. Cons: Lack of drinking water on the course. Believe their was two places and it was warm. No ball washers. Seriously could they not afford to buy them? It's easy to get lost going to the tee box. You do not tee off near the clubhouse. You drive like 5 minutes to get to the 1st tee box. Keep this in mind, as I was almost late for my tee time. Driving range is ok, not great, but you don't have to hit off mats. Overall I would definitely recommend. Beautiful course, fun layout, just don't expect to be playing next to the ocean.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Turtle Bay Palmer Course"


wighty2016's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2016
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I often play the Fazio course adjacent to the Palmer course. The Palmer course is in another class all together. An immaculately groomed 18 holes. Every shot needs to be made with care and calculation. The Palmer course offers a very challenging round, but does have gold and white tees to ease the pain. The greens are very well manicured and roll true. I would recommend this course to anyone that want play a enjoyable round with great scenery. The day we played the surf was very large and a great spectacle to let your mind relax between shots. I will play there again at my next opportunity. Go Play!


I recommend this course


"Expected Better"


u00000484118's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2016
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

With all the hype surrounding this course I was disappointed with the condition of the greens. The tee boxes and fairways were in good shape but my berber carpet at home rolls smoother. Also, they need to educate their staff on how to adjust their rental clubs. I had to show them how it is done.


Player Tip: If you are long ball hitter you can take a more aggressive line off the tee and shorten the holes even from the blues. Make good use of yardage card.

I don't recommend this course


"Not what i expected."


lee3639809's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/14/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was disappointed with the " normal style"of this golf course, for the price, the name, ....average! one hole on the water, foe a better price play the Hawaiian prince!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"San Framcisco"


TomWJ's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course, greens were a little rough the day I played. All skill levels would have fun playing. Very open layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"GREAT location and VIEWS!"


simonpctech's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Always in decent shape. Can play long if it's a windy day!! Bunkers and BLIND water hazards can make it challenging so be sure to take a guide or study your map on the back nine! Rarely crowded on weekdays.


Player Tip: Look out for one marshall - a HORRIBLE rep for them. DEMANDS you speed up play: no one in front, no complaints from rear. Will FOLLOW you to make sure

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Palmer Course"


u000003557851's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I played this course twice last year and it was a wonderful golf experience. Course conditioning was excellent and scenery was spectacular. A fair course with wide fairways and demanding second shots. Look forward to playing again in the future.


Player Tip: Be ready for a wide variety of weather as rain can come in quickly and leave just as quickly.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"No Ka Oi"


ask1kane's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If you hav not had the pleasurable experience of playing a round of golf at the Palmer course at Turtle Bay, you have not truly experinced the joy of golf on the North Shore. Awesome fairways and greens, play for fun on the white or lower tees OR challenge yourself and friends from the blue or black. Either way you will enjoy your round thoroughly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"wharrison13"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is the jewel of Oahu. It runs along the North Shore coastline and the views are spectacular! There are challenges galore at each of the four tees. My honey and I played from the gold and the red. The fairways are pristine and the greens fast. The afternoon wind keeps you thinking and the "risk/reward" holes are plentiful! After the round stop by Lei Lei's and have a home made chocolate cookie! All around, this course is well worth the money!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic greens"


u000006418716's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Great course, very friendly staff. The greens were amazing; super smooth and consistent. It's not along the coast, but the placement of trees and rocks make it a beautiful course. Not cheap though ( I'm used to military rates). The rental clubs are new Titleists and Scotty putter; sweet.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Palmer Course: Always a Pleasure"


Neal's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Play the Palmer at Turtle Bay? No doubt about it, the Palmer never fails to please. Anticipation rises on the drive to the course, and from the first tee to holing out at 18, it doesn't let you down. It's a golfing challenge for all skill levels surrounded by the natural beauty of the North Shore. Then, there's Lele's!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"GREAT design. 17th green is amazing."


mr79golf's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Clubhouse is like an old municipal, could use a refresh in a big way. Food and service are very good, though. Range is beat up and doesn't represent the quality of the golf course. VERY long drive to first tee. First 2 holes are bland but the strength of the course builds with every hole after that. By the 4th hole you can see that this is an outstanding design and the back nine is fantastic. Fairways were absolutely perfect carpet. Same with most tee boxes. Unfortunately, greens were very bumpy and beat up. Hopefully they will get that squared away and this will be a tremendous experience. The final 3 holes are spectacular. Standing on the 17th green is special. Great challenge from the 6,800 yd tees for this 8 hdcp.


Player Tip: Club up into the wind!!!!!!! Above the trees it can be a FULL 2 club wind.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"For Full Effect Pick a Tradewinds Day"


Mark8982432's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful but brutal golf course, long off the tees into a ferocious tradewind blowing from the Northeast. Your concentration is challenged by impossibly long holes and gorgeous oceanscapes. Good humbling experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The golf course of choice on Oahu's north shore"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The last time I played the Palmer course at Turtle Bay nearly two years ago, I got pummeled with rain and couldn't finish the round. My latest round was bathed in sunshine and the beauty of Oahu's north shore. The okay front nine eventually gives away to a fun and challenging back nine. Our foursome was test-driving a new 'Golf Skate Caddy', a cool cross between a motorized golf cart and skate board that made the day even more interesting. Golfers who drove the one-man machine gave mixed reviews. I enjoyed it and thought it was easy to use and a perfect way to add a little spice to the golf experience at Turtle Bay. Back to the course, the Palmer can be tamed if there's no wind. When the breeze kicks up, balls tend to find the bunkers and water that frame the target lines. It's as good as resort golf gets on Oahu.


Player Tip: Don't go long on the par-3 15th hole, or it's a difficult chip back up a severe slope.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Turtle Bay Resort's Palmer course provides a good reason to visit Oahu's North Shore"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Turtle Bay's Arnold Palmer course hasn't hosted the PGA Tour like Kapalua's Plantation course on Maui, but it is one of the most celebrated tournament courses in the Hawaiian islands. It has hosted:
• The inaugural Champions Tour Skins Game (1988#
• The Champions Tour’s Turtle Bay Championship #2001-2008#
• The LPGA Tour’s SBS Open at Turtle Bay #2005-2009#
• The Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii State Open #2009-2011)
• The Golf Channel’s “Big Break”
Water takes center stage on the Palmer. Too bad that doesn't include the ocean often enough.The layout flirts with the fabled North Shore, but never ends up kissing it intimately. The excellent 17th hole, a sand-splashed par-4, ends at an elevated green overlooking the water. The green of the par-5 18th hole provides a glimpse of crashing waves between the trees. It's a good finish to a solid test of golf.


Player Tip: When you eat lunch in the clubhouse, ask about the off-menu chef specials.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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