Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

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4.0
148
5 Stars
73
4 Stars
43
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
84.1%
Recommend this course
124 out of 147 reviews
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Average Rating
3.0
3
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.0
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.3
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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Average Rating
3.8
10
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.4
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
80.0%
Recommend this course
8 out of 10 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6193
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Semi-Private
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Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6193 yards
White 71 5650 yards
Yellow 71 4448 yards
Scorecard for Luana Hills
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.1/138 379 187 377 387 486 390 180 519 409 3314 476 448 196 363 566 344 203 317 382 3295 6609
Black M: 71.5/132 343 148 344 354 452 366 162 492 382 3043 467 387 168 339 550 316 170 293 353 3043 6086
Blue M: 67.7/128 311 118 334 322 428 310 139 440 359 2761 438 365 133 292 529 292 158 249 324 2780 5541
Green M: 65.2/117 W: 71.3/136 300 111 299 299 420 244 121 430 355 2579 414 357 124 270 517 260 128 239 312 2621 5200
Red M: 65.1/101 W: 67.3/119 263 94 271 249 370 227 117 392 292 2275 363 278 109 255 429 232 97 206 248 2217 4492
Handicap 10 15 12 3 8 14 17 6 1 18 2 11 7 4 9 13 16 5
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 36 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Platinum Paspalum Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1993) Perry Dye (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

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Reviews

4.0
148

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 24
Forced Carries 21
Bunkers 13
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 21
Advanced Golfers 16
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 11
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 18
Convenient to the City 10
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

A Physically Stunning Golf Course That Unfortunately Often Gets Saturated

Royal Hawaiian is a physically stunning golf course that looks like it was carved out of a jungle and surrounded by mountains. The on-course scenery is spectacular. The layout is also top-notch, with many memorable holes throughout the round. That same layout is also, however, very penal. The course does not have much room off of the fairways and greens and errant shots are quickly punished and the lost ball count will rise precipitously

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The downside of this course is that it lies on the rainy side of the Ko'Olau Mountain Range (which ironically is what provides the course with its scenic beauty). The course can get a heavy amount of rain, which makes the course play much longer than its yardage on the card and, in certain places, close to unplayable with balls frequently deeply embedding through the green. The pace of play here was also disappointing, with no marshal/ranger/player assistant to intervene on a front nine that took 2 hours and 45 minutes.

I do, however, recommend this course if only for its physical beauty. I would urge that players call ahead to see how much rain the course has received and whether the course is playing "cart path only." If the course indeed is playing cart path only, prepare for a long, wet, and at times muddy round if you decide to venture out on the course.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Staff
First Time Playing
Used cart

Best Experience on the Island

Amazing golf course and facilities hidden in the mountains. From the drive in at the end of the road to driving away after our round, everything in between was memorable (including losing 4 golf balls!) Really enjoyable experience, Lon and Mark in the shop were very friendly and shared course knowledge with us. The outside staff and restaurant staff were great and they have really nice rental clubs as well. This is a one-of-a-kind golfing experience!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Poor maintenance

We started back 9.

We know why, front 9 is poor maintenance and need a lots of repair.

Golf course has to be made playable condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Welcome to the Jungle

I was thoroughly amazed that they could carve a golf course out of the canyons below the Pali. It reminded me of jungle hikes. This was one of the most scenic courses I've ever played. Spectacular views on almost every hole. The course itself is somewhat short but very challenging. The facility is very nice and well maintained. Can't wait to go back.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

My favorite of 16 Hawaii courses played

With low expectations playing a Pete Dye course, I was blown away. Running inland through a rain forest, the course was fun, challenging and fair. Such words have never been said by me about any Pete Dye course ever. Even more thrilled to only pay $35 for a same day replay. Scored well despite the wind and blown away by the views of the jungle. Don't miss this.

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

Challenging tee shots

Plan for adequate warm up time before the round. Accuracy is very important on the first few holes.

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

Challenging, but fun golf with great views

Believe everything you read about bringing extra golf balls. That is just a reality on this challenging course with gorgeous views of mountain and valleys. There is a reason they call the front nine, Jurassic Park. You expect to see dinosaurs popping out at any moment. We only saw a family of nosey wild pigs. Be prepared for blind and down hill shots. We started on the back nine, which got us comfortable with hitting fairway woods or hybrids off the tees -- you'll need to on the front nine. The greens were faster on the back, which posed a problem when we got to the slower front nine greens.Overall a wonderful golfing experience.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nope...nope...nope!!

My buddies had warned me that I wouldn't enjoy this round and they couldn't be more correct. The level of inconsistency in the quality of the course combined with the insanely unfair layout makes for a not-fun round.

There were greens and fairways that were gorgeous...and then there were fairways and greens that were worse than the worst municipal course.

The course isn't made for golf. There were par 5's that ran out of fairway at the 240 yd mark unless you go way right which was improbable. There were par 4's that if you hit a driver you'd be too far and if you hit an iron you'd have to hit a 5i to an elevated green that wasn't receptive at all. I'll never play again.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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angelodeleon22
Commented On 07/31/2018

dude ur in Hawaii, r u training for da pga?,, I doubt it. enjoy Hawaii, perfect courses r easy to find but not the scenery.

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