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Oahu is the home of a large selection of golf courses. From the most heavily played public course in the country at Ala Wai to the highly touted home of Sony Open at Waialae, there is a course for everyone on Oahu. Here are my top five picks. Koolina - #12 166 yard Par 3Located about 45 minutes from Waikiki on the sunny leeward side of the island, this course is challenging, breezy and enjoyable. The course is a part of the every growing Koolina Resort. When arriving at the resort, one takes the resort exit and just over the bridge on the left is #12. A drive-through cascading waterfall and the ladybug logo are on display to welcome and entice.Royal Kunia #9 621 yards Par 5One of the newest courses on the island the Royal Kunia has most golfers curious about what this new course can bring to the game. Located mauka, this hillside course offers fantastic views of Diamond, Waikiki and the entire south shore. #9 offers a variety of hazards from bunkers to water to amazing views to add strokes.Koolau #15 373 yards Par 4Those who play this course must secretly think that Koolau means ”lots of lost balls” in Hawaiian. Not exactly, but the recommendation here is to bring an extra box of balls to keep your game going. Sloppy shots will ensure that the jungle will forever hold the secret to wayward balls. #15 is one of the more forgiving on the course but it makes this list for the striking views of the Koolau Mountains.Luana Hills #11 343 yard Par 4Hardly one of the more high profile courses on the island, but locals know that Luana Hills is a unique experience. The hidden windward Oahu location makes for an interesting landscape that includes tropical rainforest canopies, streams and more. #11 is a feast for the eyes and a skill challenge to reach the green over water fountains and through thick undergrowth.Turtle Bay Resort – Arnold Palmer #17 452 yards Par 4The pair or courses at Turtle Bay have reached new heights with the recent refurbishing and re-alignment. The Arnold Palmer course has certainly been the hand down favorite, and now it is even better than before. #17 is not only the most beautiful but the toughest on the course with nine bunkers and water hazard called the open ocean. The elevated green makes the long drive tempting, but miss it and the ocean will claim victory read more about Best Oahu Golf Holes

Ko Olina Golf Club

Ko Olina Golf Club

  • 92-1220 Aliinui Dr
  • Kapolei
  • tel:808/676-5309
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  • Kapolei, 96707
Ko'olau Golf Club

Ko'olau Golf Club

  • 45-550 Kionaole Road
  • Kaneohe
  • tel:+1 808 247 7088
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  • Kaneohe, 96744

This par-72 golf course has been given many accolades through the years including "#1 Golf Course on Oahu" by Golf Digest and among the "Top 100 Courses" in Golf Magazine. It is also frequently regarded as "The World's Most Challenging Golf Course," and you might understand why if you take a close look at the layout. Says Golf Digest, "You won't need a caddie so much as a backcountry guide. The roughs are tropical rain forests, the hazards mostly uncharted ravines filled with jungle and undiscovered reptilian life forms." This course stretches over 200 acres of tropical terrain amid a green, mountainous rain forest. read more about Ko'olau Golf Club

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort

  • 57-049 Kamehameha Hwy
  • Kahuku
  • tel:808/293-8574
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  • Kahuku, 96371