Ko'olau Golf Club

3.3628352941 3.4 stars from 5 (254)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7310 yards
  • Slope: 153
  • Rating: 78.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, JCB Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7310 yards 78.2 153
Gold 72 6797 yards 75.4 150
Blue 72 6406 yards 73.7 141
White (W) 72 5735 yards 75.2 144
White 72 5735 yards 70.5 131
Red 72 5102 yards 72.3 129

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 254 Reviews
5 stars:
49
4 stars:
88
3 stars:
54
2 stars:
31
1 stars:
32

recommend this course

173 out of 254 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include forced carries narrow fairways elevation changes   Great for 19th hole scenic views drinks  

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"Challenging"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course with a great view on 15. Make sure you go to the top to enjoy the view. Setting is awesome and conditions were great. It is a very difficult course bring extra balls!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Bring lots of balls"


delaney0's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

The staff were awesome. I was late for my tee off time because the highway was closed, so they fit me in when I finally arrived. Very friendly staff. The course was in good shape but not so friendly. Not a course for beginners. It is extremely difficult. There are lots of hills, turns, ravines, deep bunkers, etc. Bring lots of balls. As nice as the course is, it is not worth the visitor rate of $165 USD.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Layout - Marginal Shape"


rickhar29's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course layout and location is excellent. The overall condition of the course is just average. The greens are spotty and very bumpy, essentially 2 putt greens because it is as much luck and skill to make a putt. It seems obvious that the best days of this course are behind it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/22/2019

Hi Rick, We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Ko'olau Golf Club, we hope to see you again in the future.


"Overpriced"


u933284686's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

At this price the course should be better manicured and cared for. Very few players but alot of it may be that it’s too wet which may be a bad string of weather

Very tough course, hit the fairway or lost ball.

Greens in poor shape which is maintenance issue, should be rolled.

Sand traps are more hard pack than sand.

Overall course adequate for say $60 but 180 is too much for conditions


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/15/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review us, Ko'olau Golf Club, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback regarding the greens and sand traps so we may work on any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.



brianbart17's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/26/2019

Hello, and thank you for reviewing our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to see that the course did not meet your expectations on the day of your round. We will make sure to pass this along to our staff. We hope to see you again in the future.


"Hasn’t see herbicide in years..."


gwnelson1962's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weeds throughout rough and fairways. Greens had weeks hand plucked leaving numerous bare spots. All cart paths above fairway and fairways were slippery mud holes. Course layout interesting in places and downright befuddling in others. For $125 a person this was robbery. I’ve played muni’s with better grass.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/08/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us at Ko'olau Golf Club. We are sorry to see that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we will use it to make the necessary improvements to the course. Our golfers' overall experience is extremely valuable to us and we hope that you will give us another chance to show you how we've improved. Thank you for your choosing our course, we look forward to seeing you again soon.


"Needs work"


777mct's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course some 15 years ago when it really was great. It's still the same beautiful layout but because the location is so close to the mountains the fairways don't get a chance to dry out - at least in the winter. It was cart path only on the back 9 and some of the holes were unplayable. Many plugged and lost balls in the fairway. The staff were great and you could see they were trying their best but the drainage needs $$$. The greens were poor as well. For some reason the traps were beautifully maintained. The weather was good for us that day but there had been several rainfalls recently. Maybe the course would be ok in the summer but not worth the huge ask ($240).

Why do Hawaiian golf courses think the visitors should pay premium prices for average or less tracks? Their resident"s fees are more than reasonable. I know that avid mainland golfers would play a lot more if they could keep the fees down around the $100 mark. Just sayin'.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/15/2019

Hello 777mct, and thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We appreciate your dedication to playing our course over the years but are very sorry to hear your recent experience with us may have been poor due to the weather conditions and their impact on the course. We greatly value your feedback as we work towards any necessary improvements, and hope you will notice some of these improvements during your next round with us. Thank you for choosing our course, and we hope to see you again soon.


"Disappointing condition of course"


jturco's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have played 10 rounds at ko’olau. Over the past 10 years. Five years ago the course had decent fairways and greens. Today’s round was disappointing due to poor “furry” greens and terrible fairways. It is now a good Muni but it has lost its world class status. The layout is spectacular and holes very challenging but for a visitor the value is not there at $160 per round. As usual I lost many balls but the lack of a good roll on the greens is new.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/08/2019

Hello, thank you for reviewing our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We are always striving to provide the best possible customer experience to our golfers, and apologize if we missed the mark. Your loyalty to our course is valued and we hope you will see improvements the next time you are with us. Thank you for choosing to play our course, we hope to earn your business again soon.



u624507140's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2019

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/18/2019

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club, and for the 3 stars. We hope that you enjoyed playing our golf course and that you will see improvements in the course conditions the next time you are with us. It looks like you had a smooth round and a friendly experience with us, so we are glad to see that. Thank you for recommending our golf course, we look forward to seeing you again soon.


"Disappointed"


avisnorthshore's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Normally when I play this course it’s in great shape although I do understand with the amount of rain they’ve gotten it’s tough but fairways not mowed some of the rough is over shin high ithey definitely shouldn’t be charging full price right now hopefully they get it together soon


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


"Koolau Golf Club Review"


jjalaba's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, very scenic. But the course was soaking wet with very deep and thick grass in the fairways. Several balls plugged deep in the fairway and several were in the fairway but lost. Distance markers were nearly impossible to find as the grass had them deeply buried. Great views but not a great place to play. l


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 11/26/2018

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club. We appreciate your dedication to playing our course but are very sorry to hear that your recent experience with us was poor due to the conditions of the course. We greatly value your feedback and will continue to make the necessary improvements to your overall experience with us. We hope that you would give us another chance to improve upon the course and hope that you will notice some of these improvements during your next round with us. Thank you for choosing our course, and we hope to see you again soon.


"the Back 9 hole is not playable!"


U000006138161's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, very friendly staff! Even with hot deal $80 is athe way to expensive for just able to play first 9 holes. Back 9 holes is not playable! There is no fairway, only long grass everywhere! It is impossible to find a ball even the ball is on the fairway!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 11/19/2018:

Hello, on behalf of Ko'olau Golf Club staff we appreciate you taking the time to address your concerns as we are always looking to improve. We are disappointed to hear that you were not happy with the conditions of the course but still hope you enjoyed your round. Again, we appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

"Too wet to play"


u000007722574's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was is terrible shape, too wet to allow golfers to play let alone spend $125 for a round. On many of the fairways, none mowed, you would spin out of your footing when you swung. Don’t play this course until it dries out. The two players I played with quit after 8 holes it was so bad. The grass off the fairways was 6 to8 inches tall and it toke forever to find your ball. Greens were in very poor shape also.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 11/08/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club, in the Kaneohe, Oahu area. We are sorry to see that you may have had a poor customer experience with us and that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Any additional feedback is greatly appreciated so that we can improve your experience with us in the future. Thank you for choosing to golf with us and we hope to see you again soon.

"Ko Olau 2018"


chvaughn's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The surrounding beauty of this course makes it worthwhile even though the course conditions were less than ideal. Recent rains resulted in cart paths only, fairways that hadn't been mowed in quite some time, and soggy conditions in some areas, but the course was still playable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views"


u00000766446's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite the course don’t conditions the view were absolutely incredible. They layout was tough and I’m sure easier with a second go around. I teed off at 3 with sunset at 6:25. 3 was a twilight rate and worth it. I was 1 of 2 people on the whole course. I used rentals and they were a full bag of new Callaway Rogue gear.

The only downside was the condition of the course. Besides being wet which didn’t bother me it’s just not manicured well at all. Fairways were long, not consistent, greens were slow. Perhaps maybe this is typical for Hawaii but I expected a bit better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 10/25/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club, in the Honolulu County area. We are sorry to see that you may have had a poor customer experience with us and that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Any additional feedback is greatly appreciated so that we can improve your experience with us in the future. Thank you for choosing to golf with us and we hope to see you again soon.

"Casual water everywhere"


fortyfour's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course do to weather conditions is almost unplayable. The views are breathtaking layout unlike anywhere else.. sloppy, muddy, balls absolutely disappear in fairways.. footing is again unplayable.. price should reflect conditions! Greens were also not maintained due to conditions.. sorry wish I could give better review


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 10/11/2018:

Hello, on behalf of Ko'olau Golf Club staff we appreciate you taking the time to address your concerns as we are always looking to improve. We are disappointed to hear that you were not happy with the conditions of the course but still hope you enjoyed your round. Again, we appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

"Amazing scenery"


u000001804183's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While the course condition wasn’t “pristine”, it was ok, but that’s not the reason to play this course. The scenery is the most amazing I’ve ever seen in my 35 years of golf, and the layout is challenging but a lot of fun because you have to be tactical about your shots. Staff was great too!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Unfair Course"


csoukup1959's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front nine was in good shape. Back nine is always cart path only because there is no way to get a cart to the fairway on almost all holes. So you do a lot of walking up and down hills from the cart path to find or get to your ball. If you don't hit in the fairway, you are either in a deep ravine in rough so unmanageable that it takes forever to find you ball, if in fact you can. Lots of muddy conditions, and no REAL grass in the fairways. Again, front nine was OK, but back nine makes this course a downer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 09/20/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club, and for the 3 stars. We are sorry to see that the back 9 of the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we will use it to make the necessary improvements to the course. Thank you for your choosing our course, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Beautiful, but tough"


u000004413515's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I understand now why this course is ranked the third most challenging in the world. It is tough to carry the ravines and there is virtually no chance of finding your ball in the lush jungle. The views of the mountains are absolutely stunning. My biggest complaint: I called over a week in advance to confirm that they had women's left-handed clubs to rent and reserved a set. When I showed up, they had none available - didn't even stock them! They gave me a LH set of senior clubs for half price. Apparently, their main phone number goes to a reservation center in Chicago, and that was who gave me the incorrect information.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 09/13/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Ko'olau Golf Club, in the Honolulu County area. We are sorry to see that you may have had a poor customer experience with us and that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Any additional feedback is greatly appreciated so that we can improve your experience with us in the future. Thank you for choosing to golf with us and we hope to see you again soon.

"not as good as I remembered it"


firemanphil056's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

staff on site was very nice but snack bar was closed and no cart girl

course is not being kept up very well. any time I was just off the fairway I couldnt see he ball untill it was 3ft or less away on all of the front 9. back 9 was better but not great

all fairways are quite lumpy although fairway cut was good most of the time on back 9.

the 5 or 6 times I was in a trap I had to get it out of mud not wet sand.

havnt played there in about 4 years and will not again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ko'olau Golf Club on 09/06/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.


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