Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
Set between looming mountain cliffs and the peak of Mt. Olomana, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club (formerly Luana Hills CC) offers two distinctive nines in Windward Oahu's beautiful Maunawili Valley. Even better, Royal Hawaiian—actually its original moniker—is one of the courses closest to Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.
Designed by Perry Dye, the front nine plays along the more open lower slopes of Mt. Olomana, while the back nine meanders through a dense rain forest at the very foot of the Koolau range. Like all Dye courses, one side of every hole is fraught with risk, while the other is more forgiving. The second hole is a creative, short par-5, playing at just over 460 yards even from the tips. The slightly diabolical 3-par No. 3 offers a hit-or-miss challenge off the tee.
After the turn, golfers literally head into the jungle. The short par-4 10th requires an exacting tee shot, then a blind approach. One of your next challenges is the 'The Pond Hole' where water is to the front, right, and left of the green from an elongated and elevated tee. Outstanding holes abound on the back nine, especially the par-5,-4,-3 trio from 14 through 16. You won't find three holes any better or more exciting at any Oahu golf course.
Daily Fee | 18 Holes | Par 72
Course Architect: Dye Design
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