Turtle Bay Resort - hotel
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Turtle Bay Resort - hotel
The Turtle Bay Resort is set to undergo a major renovation for all its guest rooms. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Turtle Bay Resort - beach
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Turtle Bay Resort - beach
The beach at Turtle Bay Resort is a safe haven from all those North Shore waves. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - Palmer golf course - hole 18
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Turtle Bay Resort - Palmer golf course - hole 18
Waves crash off the shore near the 18th green of the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - swimming pool
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Turtle Bay Resort - swimming pool
The pool at Turtle Bay Resort overlooks a great surfing spot. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - children's pool
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Turtle Bay Resort - children's pool
A separate pool with a water slide keeps children away from the adult pool at Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - surfer
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Turtle Bay Resort - surfer
Guests at Turtle Bay Resort can sit on bleachers to watch the surfers do their thing, riding the massive waves of the North Shore. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - fire show
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Turtle Bay Resort - fire show
Hawaiian performers sometimes put on a free fire show at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - 21 Degrees North
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Turtle Bay Resort - 21 Degrees North
Even Turtle Bay Resort's dining scene will get revamped in the makeover, not that a surf-and-turf from the restaurant 21 Degrees North needed it. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - Hans Hedemann Surf School
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Turtle Bay Resort - Hans Hedemann Surf School
The Hans Hedemann Surf School at Turtle Bay Resort can teach people of any age to surf the legendary North Shore of Oahu. Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort - golf
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Turtle Bay Resort - golf
Both the Palmer and George Fazio Courses at Turtle Bay Resort offer ocean views. Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort - Palmer golf course - hole 17
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Turtle Bay Resort - Palmer golf course - hole 17
The 17th hole on the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort features bunkers galore and an ocean view. Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort - Fazio golf course - 11th
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Turtle Bay Resort - Fazio golf course - 11th
The 11th is one of four holes with ocean views on the George Fazio Course at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu. Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii's best surf and golf destination, getting a makeover on Oahu's fabled North Shore

KAHUKU, Oahu, Hawaii -- Is life better on land or by sea at Turtle Bay Resort? To golfers and surfers, this iconic destination provides the best of both worlds.

Turtle Bay's idyllic location of 840 acres along the North Shore has been filmed in more than 150 movies and TV shows since opening in 1972, from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" to "Alvin and the Chipmunks III" and "Pirates of the Caribbean IV." Guests don't have to be as talented as the surfers in the movie "Blue Crush" to catch a wave.

They can take a surfing lesson at the Hans Hedemann Surf School of Oahu or sit safely on the bleachers next to the resort's pool complex, watching more experienced people tackle the challenge.

Golfers gather on Turtle Bay's Fazio Course and Palmer Course . Arnold Palmer's fine design has hosted the LPGA Tour and the Champions Tour, providing plenty of shot-making demands. The ocean sits within sight of the 17th and 18th greens, ending the day in style. George Fazio's course plays shorter and simpler, although it does feature more ocean views.

A 2011 renovation refreshed the resort's lobby and introduced Surfer, The Bar. Ongoing through the end of 2013 are enhancements to all 397 guest rooms, the 21 Degrees North and Palm Terrace/Leonardo's restaurants, the fitness center and Spa Luana. While cosmetic surgery might not help a Hollywood starlet look any younger, it will certainly give Turtle Bay Resort a fresh, vibrant feel for generations of guests to come.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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