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3.6
272 Reviews (272)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
31
1 Stars
33
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
70.8%
Recommend this course
190 out of 272 reviews
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4.2
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
9
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3
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
87.0%
Recommend this course
20 out of 23 reviews
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3.6
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
69.4%
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25 out of 36 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7310 yards
Slope 153
Rating 78.2
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Ko'olau Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Seashore Paspalum Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dick Nugent (1992) Brad Bartell

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, JCB Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

3.6
272 Reviews (272)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 8
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 37
Narrow Fairways 34
Elevation Changes 24
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 32
Advanced Golfers 29
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 19
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 19
Convenient to the City 17

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Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Magnificent Scenery

The course has unbelievable scenery and the layout is superb, highly recommend anyone considering playing Ko Olau to go for it but be sure to have either your Agame or lots of golfballs

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful and tight course

Don’t worry about bringing your driver unless you are playing from the tips.

Tight course with several lay up shots.

Can’t beat the backdrop of the mountains!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

Ko'olua was a nice well maintained challenging course with great views of mountains and some of the ocean!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course, Fun Round

Played Ko'olau twice, with a replay deal of just $25 for the second round. The course is in a beautiful location right in the Ko'olau mountains, which makes for some fun golf. The course is well-designed, with a lot of risk/reward shots off the tee. Expect lots of mid/long irons into well-defended greens, as many of the holes have ravines that force you to club down off the tee. There are many holes where driver is a possibility, but the fairway narrows at that distance, so if you don't hit it straight you're lost in the jungle (but if you do you might get a short iron or wedge in). Having those wedges in is helpful if you can pull it off though, because the greens are almost all defended with bunkers, and several are completely surrounded with them. Frequent elevation changes also make judging distance and hitting precise shots a challenge. If you like to challenge yourself on new courses and enjoy the strategy of playing a golf course, this is a great one to try.

My only two complaints were that the bunkers were thin, which made making good shots a challenge, especially when short sided (but I guess that's part of the difficulty of the course...don't leave yourself short sided in bunkers), and that the greens were very slow. The greens took some getting used to, they weren't particularly pure, although some holes were better than others. Other than that this was a great course for a very good price, with great views and a fun experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Strategic Golfing At Its Best

Beautifully landscaped course etched in the surrounding mountain. As advised by the club pro - leave your driver in the bag and make use of your long irons, utility clubs, and wedges to score a memorable round.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Setting But Difficult Layout!

Course is located in a beautiful setting at the base of the mountains. It was in excellent condition but too difficult for the average golfer. While carts were allowed on the fairways there were too many roped off areas that required a lot of walking. There were also a lot of ravines crossing the fairways, some of which required long shots to traverse. In summary, Beautiful setting but very difficult, especially for seniors.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Must grind

In my opinion it’s a great course, extremely challenging. Bring you A game stay in the moment but most of all enjoy the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Non-residents could also book at Golf Now.

It was a course that non-residents can make reservations with few golf courses in Hawaii.
If you have a handicap of 20 or less, please challenge!

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beauty at a Cost...But Totally Worth It!

Most beautiful course I’ve ever played. Well maintained and masterful layout. Not for the faint of heart. Should be an 18 handicap or better to manage the layout. Humble yourself answer you’ll have a blast!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging

Very nice course with a great view on 15. Make sure you go to the top to enjoy the view. Setting is awesome and conditions were great. It is a very difficult course bring extra balls!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Bring lots of balls

The staff were awesome. I was late for my tee off time because the highway was closed, so they fit me in when I finally arrived. Very friendly staff. The course was in good shape but not so friendly. Not a course for beginners. It is extremely difficult. There are lots of hills, turns, ravines, deep bunkers, etc. Bring lots of balls. As nice as the course is, it is not worth the visitor rate of $165 USD.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Layout - Marginal Shape

The course layout and location is excellent. The overall condition of the course is just average. The greens are spotty and very bumpy, essentially 2 putt greens because it is as much luck and skill to make a putt. It seems obvious that the best days of this course are behind it.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Ko'olau Golf Club
Commented On 03/22/2019

Hi Rick, We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Ko'olau Golf Club, we hope to see you again in the future.

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Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Overpriced

At this price the course should be better manicured and cared for. Very few players but alot of it may be that it’s too wet which may be a bad string of weather
Very tough course, hit the fairway or lost ball.
Greens in poor shape which is maintenance issue, should be rolled.
Sand traps are more hard pack than sand.
Overall course adequate for say $60 but 180 is too much for conditions

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Ko'olau Golf Club
Commented On 03/15/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review us, Ko'olau Golf Club, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback regarding the greens and sand traps so we may work on any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Ko'olau Golf Club
Commented On 02/26/2019

Hello, and thank you for reviewing our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to see that the course did not meet your expectations on the day of your round. We will make sure to pass this along to our staff. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hasn’t see herbicide in years...

Weeds throughout rough and fairways. Greens had weeks hand plucked leaving numerous bare spots. All cart paths above fairway and fairways were slippery mud holes. Course layout interesting in places and downright befuddling in others. For $125 a person this was robbery. I’ve played muni’s with better grass.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Ko'olau Golf Club
Commented On 03/08/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us at Ko'olau Golf Club. We are sorry to see that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we will use it to make the necessary improvements to the course. Our golfers' overall experience is extremely valuable to us and we hope that you will give us another chance to show you how we've improved. Thank you for your choosing our course, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs work

Played this course some 15 years ago when it really was great. It's still the same beautiful layout but because the location is so close to the mountains the fairways don't get a chance to dry out - at least in the winter. It was cart path only on the back 9 and some of the holes were unplayable. Many plugged and lost balls in the fairway. The staff were great and you could see they were trying their best but the drainage needs $$$. The greens were poor as well. For some reason the traps were beautifully maintained. The weather was good for us that day but there had been several rainfalls recently. Maybe the course would be ok in the summer but not worth the huge ask ($240).
Why do Hawaiian golf courses think the visitors should pay premium prices for average or less tracks? Their resident"s fees are more than reasonable. I know that avid mainland golfers would play a lot more if they could keep the fees down around the $100 mark. Just sayin'.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Ko'olau Golf Club
Commented On 01/15/2019

Hello 777mct, and thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We appreciate your dedication to playing our course over the years but are very sorry to hear your recent experience with us may have been poor due to the weather conditions and their impact on the course. We greatly value your feedback as we work towards any necessary improvements, and hope you will notice some of these improvements during your next round with us. Thank you for choosing our course, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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