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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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
3.9
9
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.9%
Recommend this course
8 out of 9 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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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

.

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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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Unbelievable Course

I really, REALLY enjoyed the course today. I can say it was imensly challanging. I really played layup golf and had a complete blast. I just can't imagine trying to crush some of these holes, the difficult terrain shows everyone who tries! Its a ball graveyard out there!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens were in good shape but fairways were in bad shape. lack of water

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Idaho Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Short but still challenging and beautiful...

The back nine at Royal Hawaiian is pretty open and very playable; the front is called Jurassic Park and I was cautioned to bring a (few) backup sleeve(s) of ball(s). I got started on ten and my first nine (10-18) played as advertised. There was enough challenge to keep me interested, but nothing that would likely cause frustration as long as you are hitting your clubs decently (which, fortunately, I was).

There is some elevation change and, due to the relatively dry landing surfaces, plenty of roll to be found as a result (witness my 196 7 iron off the first tee). I played the black tees (not the tips here) which were only about 6000 yards; however, as the starter told me, it’s not the length that can get you here. I got through 8 holes 2 over and was feeling pretty confident (too confident, in fact, after hitting a practically perfect 3W 221 yards uphill off the tee, I proceeded to pull the ensuing wedge out of bounds and took a double going into the turn).

As we entered “Jurassic Park” I was reminded by a club staff person not to get too frustrated if I lost too many balls and I prepped myself for a difficult final nine. Ultimately; however, I didn’t lose any balls other than a couple of complete miss hits on my part (read: me trying to tin cup my way over a 220 yard carry that I had no business shooting for on this particular day). The fact of the matter is, the back nine (not unlike the front) is just not very long (3043 from the blacks) and almost every hole is approachable with mid irons off the tee. So, as long as you aren’t digging into your bag for your driver on every hole, you really don’t have to be in that much trouble (again, the only hole I really got in trouble on was when I got out my big(ish) stick and tried to be a hero). That was also the only double I had on the back and I was perfectly satisfied to card a 41.

What the front nine did allow me to do, and I really enjoyed, was work on shaping some shots with a real reward for doing so. The par 5 fourth hole, for example is reachable with a well-placed drive (the fairway is open enough to use a big club here without any real danger, I used a 3w) and a ~200 yard club with a draw (you have to bend it around a tree). I didn’t quite have enough draw to get on the green, but I was able to get around the tree and get close enough to chip on and leave myself a very makeable birdie putt. This was a perfect warmup for anther draw on the fifth (8i from 178… downhill) which led to a GIR on a relatively tricky green to reach without a solid drive (which I didn’t muster on that hole).

Long story made short (literally and figuratively) I found the front nine very playable, provided you have a little discipline off the tee. Additionally it turned out to be a decent test of golf, both from a shot making and course management standpoint.

Beyond the golf, this track (especially the front) is absolutely beautiful. Nestled in a valley, towering (yet very green) cliff walls surround you and jungle vegetation is lush and plentiful. They have recently cleared out a lot of growth, so there are currently some barren spots on some of the holes, but based on the plant life around these areas, I expect the “baldness” to be short lived. Royal Hawaiian is certainly scenic enough that even if you did have a frustrating day with your clubs, you can always look up and just enjoy your surroundings.

The staff was outstanding. Their enthusiasm for the course was noticeable from the minute we stepped out of the car. They were eager to help in any way and seemed truly bent on ensuring we had a great day.

As I mentioned above the course was a bit dry (but that certainly benefitted me from a golf standpoint). The greens were also a bit slow (they recently put in new grass that isn’t mature yet); however, they let me know about that right away when we arrived and insisted that we hit the practice green before playing to get the feel of them. This helped a lot, and, firing a slow greens (when you know they are slow) is never bad for scoring anyway. They were, despite being a little slow, in excellent shape.

I haven’t played any other courses on the island, so I can’t compare Royal Hawaiian anything here; however, I can say I’d play it again. In fact it is entirely possible I’ll sneak in another round before this visit to the islands is over.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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sorenj
Commented On 06/12/2017

Yes, @fnf2017 (twitter) and @fairways.and.freeways (instagram) :)

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Commented On 06/12/2017

I'm going to share on our @golfadvisor instagram. Are you on instagram or twitter? Thanks a bunch.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Very Fun course.

Very good facility and good staffs.

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

What a fantastic golf course!

We had just flown into Honolulu and wanted to get an afternoon round in, and this course was relatively close to the airport. Had the greens not been punched the week before, it may have been my favorite course on the trip. Such a unique and absolutely amazing layout. Words and pictures cannot do this place justice. You have to see it for yourself to understand. It is almost like Jurassic Park on a golf course. Highly recommend giving it a try!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Updates to this course

I had not played this course since it was Luana Hills Country Club years ago. The updates made have been great in terms of removing deadfall and other erroneous coverage. Course was in great shape (for aerification conditions) and is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy the scenery and layout of this course more than Ko'olau (which also has a tendency to be very wet). Great course.

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

A jungle with a golf course in it.

Crazy cool layout. Pete dye used the natural landscape of the Hawaiian rainforest to create a golf course with equally memorable holes and views. You will not he disappointed with your decision to play this course. Reminds me of a real life tiger woods video game course. Bring extra balls and try to conquer Jurassic park.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A must vist

The course is in decent shape. But the "venue" overall needs a million of 10 spent on it, to bring it up to its potential. But it doesn't matter. It is such a unique experience, particularly compared with the contrived design approach of so many courses, this is a must adventure for any golfer visiting Oahu. You may leave angry, at all the balls you loose. But I can't imagine anyone being disappointed. I wish the new owners every success, and give them a very big "hat tip" for taking the project on. I look forward to visiting again.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Love this place

Have played it four times during a three week work trip. After you pay the $115 visitor rate, they will give you a card for two weeks to pay the resident rate ($40-$45), all include cart. Probably don't want to walk this place. All of these prices are twilight, which begins at noon. Staff was excellent: Trent, Jackie, Jerry, all of them. Fairways were'nt the best, First round it was muddy and cart path only on 12 holes. 10 days later you could drive on them all, but lift clean and place was still probably the best play. Greens looked spotty in places, but were firm, held iron shots, and rolled true. The best part is it's carved through a rain forest, and is unlike anyplace I have ever played. 4 hours was my longest round, when I stopped to take photos and listen to all of the birds. Played in two and a half hours with my non-playing girlfriend(while she took many pics and videos). I've played Pebble and the Old Course. This ranks up there with them, due to it's uniqueness. It's a Dye design, so has some visual intimidation; but, it's not overly long , at least from the blue and black tees: I played well and enjoyed every minute.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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