Ko Olina Golf Course
There was no way I was going to Hawaii and not play golf! As soon as we booked our trip to Aulani, I started to research golf courses on Oahu. It just so happens that one of the courses with the best reviews is located just across the street from Aulani. As a matter of fact, I had a great view of the 10th hole from my balcony on the 12th floor.
Ko Olina Golf Club is one of Golf Digest’s Top 75 resort courses in the US. Built in 1990, this 6,815 yard, (from the blues) par 72, will challenge your game and show you some incredible views!
We had a foursome consisting of my son, my nephew, my neices’ boyfriend and myself. Let me tell you, that is a VERY diverse set of golfers. Ranging from a 12 handicap, to a few hackers, we all had an incredible time. As soon as we arrived for our 7:20am tee time, we were greeted with Hawaiian kindness. Everyone we came in contact with had a smile on their face and were there to help. With baggage fees on pretty much every airline now, we decided to rent clubs. I feel like they literally took the packaging off these Taylor Made rentals as they felt brand new. After a few swings, I knew I had to switch from a graphite shaft to a steel shaft and they were able to accommodate me quickly. Having rental clubs, I wanted to make sure I could get the feel of these before we headed out. Although I typically play a Taylor Made driver, at home I hit Nike irons. There is a full service driving range, putting green and chipping area to work out all the kinks before your round. Give yourself a little extra time to take advantage of these areas.
Before you know it, we were on the tee. The first few holes it was difficult for me to
focus as I found myself looking at the beautiful views surrounding the course. Playing golf in New England, I am accustomed to seeing Canadian Geese on the course, here there were beautiful black swans on every water hole.
As far as play was concerned, the course was in amazing shape. The rough was long but fair, the fairways were pristine, the greens were fast but true, yardage markers were accurate and even the sand traps were well raked and consistent. The course offers something different for every level of golfer. There is a beautiful par 3 that you actually go behind a waterfall to get to the tee, and a few reachable par 5’s that just beg for you to go for the green.
Overall I would highly recommend a round of golf in Hawaii, and if you are in Oahu, make sure you check out Ko Olina Golf Course (http://www.koolinagolf.com/). If you are travelling with family that play golf, for an extended period of time, or in another area of Oahu, check out their “specials and packages”. They offer some great specials, including kids play free after 3:00pm. If you need work on your game, they also offer a golf academy. With this foursome, we should have spent a lot of time there!