Hawaii golf courses - Oahus Top 5

By Paul ArnettJanuary 6, 2009, 5:00 pm
With more than 30 golf courses on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it can be tough to decide where to play. We've considered all them for our top 5. From the resort courses to the hidden gems, we've left no volcanic stone un-turned to give you the top 5 golf courses on Oahu.

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No. 1
Makaha Resort and Golf Club (West Course)
Designer William Bell carved out 18 holes in Makaha Valley that does no harm to the natural landscape that was once the playground of Hawaii’s royals centuries ago. There are numerous beaches nearby along Oahu’s left coast that can be seen from the Oceanview restaurant and lounge located on the resort. Only 40 miles from Honolulu, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

No. 2
Koolau Golf Club
Another relative newcomer, this course designed by Dick Nugent in 1992 was plopped down in the middle of a rain forest. It’s located at the feet of the Koolau Mountain range that cuts through the center of Oahu. It can make you cry from the tips with a slope rating of 152, but the surrounding beauty of mountain waterfalls eases the pain. Kailua beach, often visited by Barack Obama, is a quick 8 miles away. The windward community offers a variety of restaurant choices.

No. 3
Waialae Country Club
Home of the Sony Open, you’ll need a member to play this relatively flat course designed by Seth Raynor in 1927. This is a deceiving layout, particularly when the tradewinds kick up. There is a wonderful restaurant at the Waialae Country Club that offers views of the Pacific that are stunning at sunset. Waikiki is only 10 minutes away and the surrounding Kahala community — including the elegant Mandarin Hotel — gives the visitor a feeling of old Hawaii.

No. 4
Ko Olina Golf Club
A new kid on the block, Ko Olina designer Ted Robinson had fun with this layout. Not located at the most scenic spot in Oahu, the 6,867-yard course is still Michelle Wie’s home course and was the site of an LPGA Tour event for three years. The J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa is a short drive from the course and is home to the Pro Bowl players with secluded beaches and breathtaking views of the Pacific, particularly at sunset. One of Roy’s famed restaurants is only minutes away in Kapolei.

No. 5
Turtle Bay Resort (Palmer Course)
Located at the northern tip of Oahu, the Arnold Palmer-designed layout has been home to Champions Tour and U.S. Open qualifying events alike. It’s challenging, especially if the tradewinds are blowing, without costing you a lot of golf balls. Turtle Bay Resort offers two courses, horseback riding, hiking and a wonderful stretch of wind-swept beach. The TV show ‘Lost’ is filmed nearby and it’s only a 10-minute drive to Pipeline Beach, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay located along the north shore. Haleiewa is 15 miles away where restaurants and surf shops abound.

Paul Arnett is the sports editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He covers professional golf during the Aloha Season in Hawaii.

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By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

“I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”

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Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

“More punishment,” he said.

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Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.

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Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

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By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

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• Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

• This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

• Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery


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• In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

• At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

• Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

• My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.

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His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

“I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.

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“I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.