Ko'olau Golf Club
|White (W)||72||5735 yards||75.2||144|
|Black M: 78.2/153||593||410||442||193||433||435||586||210||411||3713||426||530||364||209||421||373||567||231||476||3597||7310|
|Gold M: 75.4/150||567||381||416||161||399||410||554||183||380||3451||390||518||339||176||390||338||544||203||448||3346||6797|
|Blue M: 73.7/141||534||351||390||145||382||385||543||168||357||3255||376||508||310||159||365||312||511||178||432||3151||6406|
|White M: 70.5/131 W: 75.2/144||460||351||390||145||382||385||392||168||301||2974||376||417||310||159||214||312||511||178||284||2761||5735|
|Red W: 72.3/129||460||305||327||104||309||329||392||141||301||2668||321||417||267||101||214||232||446||152||284||2434||5102|
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Par 4 long carry to green Photo submitted by DJOntario1
Typical backdrop Photo submitted by sdagostin
Narrow but short par 4 Photo submitted by hipcgolfer
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The setting around the 16th green shows off how beautiful Ko'olau Golf Club can be. Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA
#2, really tight tee shot Photo submitted by jrosedds
#9, one of the fairer holes Photo submitted by jrosedds
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#13, a nice fair long par 3 Photo submitted by jrosedds
Ko'olau GC resident Photo submitted by anewmann
Breathtaking views! Photo submitted by Dwight8731556
Great Father and Son Day at the Ko'olau! Photo submitted by null
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1st hole Photo submitted by TJWells
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View from the back tees on 15 Photo submitted by alawyer
Normally when I play this course it’s in great shape although I do understand with the amount of rain they’ve gotten it’s tough but fairways not mowed some of the rough is over shin high ithey definitely shouldn’t be charging full price right now hopefully they get it together soon
Koolau Golf Club Review
Beautiful course, very scenic. But the course was soaking wet with very deep and thick grass in the fairways. Several balls plugged deep in the fairway and several were in the fairway but lost. Distance markers were nearly impossible to find as the grass had them deeply buried. Great views but not a great place to play. l
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We appreciate your dedication to playing our course but are very sorry to hear that your recent experience with us was poor due to the conditions of the course. We greatly value your feedback and will continue to make the necessary improvements to your overall experience with us. We hope that you would give us another chance to improve upon the course and hope that 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.
the Back 9 hole is not playable!
Beautiful course, very friendly staff! Even with hot deal $80 is athe way to expensive for just able to play first 9 holes. Back 9 holes is not playable! There is no fairway, only long grass everywhere! It is impossible to find a ball even the ball is on the fairway!
Too wet to play
The course was is terrible shape, too wet to allow golfers to play let alone spend $125 for a round. On many of the fairways, none mowed, you would spin out of your footing when you swung. Don’t play this course until it dries out. The two players I played with quit after 8 holes it was so bad. The grass off the fairways was 6 to8 inches tall and it toke forever to find your ball. Greens were in very poor shape also.
Ko Olau 2018
The surrounding beauty of this course makes it worthwhile even though the course conditions were less than ideal. Recent rains resulted in cart paths only, fairways that hadn't been mowed in quite some time, and soggy conditions in some areas, but the course was still playable.
Despite the course don’t conditions the view were absolutely incredible. They layout was tough and I’m sure easier with a second go around. I teed off at 3 with sunset at 6:25. 3 was a twilight rate and worth it. I was 1 of 2 people on the whole course. I used rentals and they were a full bag of new Callaway Rogue gear.
The only downside was the condition of the course. Besides being wet which didn’t bother me it’s just not manicured well at all. Fairways were long, not consistent, greens were slow. Perhaps maybe this is typical for Hawaii but I expected a bit better.
Casual water everywhere
This course do to weather conditions is almost unplayable. The views are breathtaking layout unlike anywhere else.. sloppy, muddy, balls absolutely disappear in fairways.. footing is again unplayable.. price should reflect conditions! Greens were also not maintained due to conditions.. sorry wish I could give better review
While the course condition wasn’t “pristine”, it was ok, but that’s not the reason to play this course. The scenery is the most amazing I’ve ever seen in my 35 years of golf, and the layout is challenging but a lot of fun because you have to be tactical about your shots. Staff was great too!
Front nine was in good shape. Back nine is always cart path only because there is no way to get a cart to the fairway on almost all holes. So you do a lot of walking up and down hills from the cart path to find or get to your ball. If you don't hit in the fairway, you are either in a deep ravine in rough so unmanageable that it takes forever to find you ball, if in fact you can. Lots of muddy conditions, and no REAL grass in the fairways. Again, front nine was OK, but back nine makes this course a downer.
Beautiful, but tough
I understand now why this course is ranked the third most challenging in the world. It is tough to carry the ravines and there is virtually no chance of finding your ball in the lush jungle. The views of the mountains are absolutely stunning. My biggest complaint: I called over a week in advance to confirm that they had women's left-handed clubs to rent and reserved a set. When I showed up, they had none available - didn't even stock them! They gave me a LH set of senior clubs for half price. Apparently, their main phone number goes to a reservation center in Chicago, and that was who gave me the incorrect information.
not as good as I remembered it
staff on site was very nice but snack bar was closed and no cart girl
course is not being kept up very well. any time I was just off the fairway I couldnt see he ball untill it was 3ft or less away on all of the front 9. back 9 was better but not great
all fairways are quite lumpy although fairway cut was good most of the time on back 9.
the 5 or 6 times I was in a trap I had to get it out of mud not wet sand.
havnt played there in about 4 years and will not again
Great time at Koolau - Golfing in Jurassic Park
I played Koolau yesterday, shortly after a major rain storm, while there were a few bunkers with water and wet fairway spots, the course for the most part was in excellent condition. While it is a demanding track, we found it to be a very fair layout. Every hole is unique creating its own challenge, 18 holes of WOW! The scenery is simply amazing, carved through a rainforest and up against the mountains. We had the course to ourselves, probably due to the rain the night before. Summing it up, I think this is the best golfing experience in Oahu, creating a truly unique golf memory. The owners have put a lot on money into the course, cleaning up some of the forest, redoing the bunkers, making play a bit easier and more open. The greens are in good condition, but slow, maybe a 6 or 7, but that seems normal for this type of course. I am a 13 HCP, played from the blues and had a blast, my son 3HCP, shot lights out. They have moved the white tees up to avoid the long carries making it playable for the high HCPers. I played Royal Hawaiian last week and this course if so much better. Truly a memorable unique golf experience
Overall the course was in good shape. It rained hard the night before which resulted in the occasional mud ball but overall the fairways were good. The greens were very slow. The course was well maintained overall. The scenery was fantastic on every hole and the people working there were very friendly.
What a beautiful course. It plays tough as the isn’t a lot of room for error off the fairway.
Strong Layout with Challenging Holes
Ko'olau is a very challenging golf course. You must be striking the ball well to score here. Greens are good with consistent speeds, a few had some rough spots but it didn't effect play that much. Course was very wet and sloppy in places, cleaned mud off ball nearly every shot. Pace of play was very slow, had a local Sunday morning group with 6 plus groups in front of me and they were struggling. A number of holes are target style, so you must know your carry distances. Would like rate to be a little lower, but would definitely play again.
This course is beautiful, difficulty, and worth it.
Golfing in Hawai
Played from the white tees, not my best round but the views were fantastic. Course and staff were very helpful. I would play this course again. Aloha
Play Once but move on
This course has been rated as Golf Digests top courses to play and is rated as Oahu’s tip course. The course over all I would give it only a three star rating. The scenery, location, and vistas that this course contains are remarkable. The course itself needs a little greenskeeper attention. The fairways were in rough shape and very uneven with multiple types of turf or “weeds”. I was disappointed in the fairways. Many fairways on the back nine showed exposed mud and dirt and minimal fairway turf. The greens were ok but were recently sanded and included many dry out spots. This made the putting surface very bouncy. I played over Memorial Day weekend thus I would have thought that the course would have been in remarkable condition. It also appeared that the grass only gets cut every so often and was recently cut because there was a lot of clumps I’d mowed grass covering a lot of the approach locations. Made the course aesthetically unpleasant. #13 is a par three. It hit the ball from the tee only five feet off the fringe but lost the ball because how soggy and unkept they kept the grass around the greens. I felt this was unfair for golf to hit a close shot and only
Have to lose it because of unkept grass.
The Practice facilities also needed a little attention. For this being the number one course on Oahu I was surprised by the upkeep or lack there of. Played, Checked off the list, probably wouldn’t be my preference to play again.
This course has truly some of the most fantastic vistas of any course. The condition of the course was that it was very wet and muddy. The ball would plug in the fairway, rough and around the greens, It made for a very tough course even more tough.