Kapolei Golf Courses

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The Kapolei area has nine different golf facilities. All this competition means very reasonable rates. A local can play one of the city courses for around $20/round. And the premier courses offer stellar Kama’aina rates—as much as 62% off the regular price.

Happily on the dry side we can golf year-round. Here’s how to take advantage.

Ko Olina Golf Club

Built in 1990, Ko Olina is across the street from all of the Ko Olina resorts. It has won a passel of best course awards, both locally and nationally. And it’s an LPGA tour stop.

Wow, right? Obviously, it’s a popular spot with tourists that stay at Ko Olina, and any big golf fan visiting Oahu. As of May 1, 2017, Ko Olina resort guests pay $195/round, and a visitor to Hawaii pays $225/round.

For locals, the course offers a tremendous Kama’aina rate: $85/round. That’s 62% off the general public rate.

Another way to bring the price down is to golf the “twilight” rate, starting at 1pm. It’ll be a little toasty, but you’re used to it, right? The twilight Kama’aina rate is only $45/round.

Golf carts are included in the rate.

Kapolei Golf Club

Kapolei Golf Club opened in 1995 and was designed by the same guy, Ted Robinson, Sr., who designed Ko Olina. The course also has hosted an LPGA tour stop, as well as a PGA Champions event (that’s what they call what used to be known as the Senior Tour).

Kapolei has won some local “best course” awards as well, but doesn’t have the national reputation that Ko Olina does.

Still…
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Yeah, looks like a nice place to spend a few hours.

As of May 1, 2017, tourists play $185/round to play at Kapolei.

The weekend Kama’aina rate is $85—that’s a 54% discount. Weekdays the Kama’aina rate is even less, just $75. The twilight (after 1pm rate) is $45/round all week.

One very special rate Kapolei G.C. offers is $10—that’s the price for kids playing 9 holes after 3:30pm.

Golf carts are included in the rate.

Ewa Villages Golf Course

This city-owned course doesn’t have a fancy restaurant, perfectly manicured greens, or even a pro shop, but it can still look pretty darn nice.

Rates are very reasonable. Visitors pay $55/round—so if you’ve got guests, this is a much cheaper option than Ko Olina or Kapolei. The best Kama’aina rate comes if you have a Golf ID card (any Hawai’i resident can get one, here’s how). With a Golf ID card you’ll pay just $26/round on weekends, $22/round on weekdays.

If you really want to cut your costs down, you can golf 9 holes on a weekday for just $11.

The course also offers good senior and student rates.

Golf carts are extra, a $20 fee for an 18-hole, $10 for a 9-hole round.

There’s no pro shop, but The Ville at Park Row is a lively bar/restaurant on the grounds.

Barbers Point Golf Course

Barbers Point is a good course for beginners—wide fairways, no water hazards—that’s open only to military families and their guests. It’s on the site of what was Naval Air Station Barbers Point. The facility is still owned and run by the government as recreation for the many military folks in the area.

If you have a friend with access to the facility, you’ll pay $37/round to golf there as a military guest. For military folks, the rates depend on your pay grade. The lower your pay grade, the less you have to pay. If you’re E-1 to E-5, you pay just $14/round; E-6 to O-3 pays $22/round; O-4 to O-10 pays $24/round. These rates apply whether you’re active duty or retired. DoD civilians pay $28/round.

Early twilight rates apply from 1pm to 3:15pm Monday-Thursday, you can play as many holes as you want for as little as $10-$16, depending on your pay grade, and $20 for guests.

You can also buy advanced play cards, in blocks of 10 or 20 rounds. This knocks about 10% off the price.

Golf cart rentals are extra—they rent two-person carts and charge $14 per rider.

The facility has a driving range, putting and chipping areas, a pro shop, and rents clubs.

For food and drinks after you finish, Molly’s BBQ and Seafood is open from 6:30am to 9pm. In addition to pupus and bottled beer, Molly’s typically has a lot of live music.

Hoakalei Country Club

The course at this private club was designed by former world #1 golfer Ernie Els, who evidently is a fan of bunkers—he included 114 of them in his design. It opened in 2009, and a clubhouse is scheduled to open in 2017.

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Els designed the course to eventually host international tournaments, but none have yet been held there.
Only members of the country club can play this course. And guests, presumably. The club seems to cater to Japanese tourists, their website devotes considerable space to the differences between golfing in the US and golfing in Japan.

The web site also doesn’t list any of their membership prices. This may be one of those “if you have to ask…” type of situations. 🙂

The course is part of the Hoakalei residences, the luxury home development in Ewa Beach.

Hawaii Prince Golf Club

Co-designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, this course is unique in Hawai’i for having 27 holes. It’s owned by Prince Hotels, a Japanese chain with three properties in Hawai’i—two on the Big Island and one in Waikiki. President Obama golfed Hawai’i Prince in 2015 with some Punahou buddies.

The course caters to tourists, with a promotion that includes transportation from Waikiki, a golf cart, rental clubs, six balls, and bottled water. But it also offers tremendous Kama’aina discount—on weekdays, you’ll pay 62% less than visitors do.

The 27 holes are divided into three nine-hole groups, called (rather unimaginatively) A, B, and C. You can combine any two nine-hole groups to get a course to your liking. According to the club, B-C is the most challenging, and C-A is the least. But there’s not a huge difference.

The course has nearly 100 bunkers and 10 water hazards. The ground is undulating and the greens are fast.

Prince Hotel guests get a decent discount over other tourists. The general public rate is $170/round, hotel guests pay $125/round. The best rate is the course’s Kama’aina rate: $75/round on weekends, $65/round on weekdays, plus a $41/round senior rate on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Prince Hotel’s Kama’aina twilight rate is one of the best deals in the area: Just $45/round on weekdays, $55/round on the weekend. Golf carts are included.

The Bird of Paradise Restaurant is on the course grounds, it serves breakfast, pupus, and lunch starting at 7am. The restaurant closes at 6pm.

The course is also home to a Brian Mogg Golf Academy, one of seven nationwide.

Ewa Beach Golf Club — description coming soon

Coral Creek Golf Course — description coming soon

West Loch Golf Course

The course sits on the banks of Pearl Harbor, that’s the “west loch” in the name. The harbor itself doesn’t come into play unless you hit a really bad shot, but Honouliuli Stream does.

Because it’s a city course, it’s cheap—especially for locals.

Visitors pay $55/round—so if you’ve got guests who want to experience golfing in Hawai’i but don’t want go bankrupt doing it, this is a much cheaper option than Ko Olina or Kapolei.

The best Kama’aina rate comes if you have a Golf ID card (here’s how to get one). With a Golf ID card you’ll pay just $26/round on weekends, $22/round on weekdays.

If you really want to cut your costs down, you can golf 9 holes on a weekday for just $11.

The course also offers good senior and student rates.

Golf carts are extra, a $20 fee for an 18-hole, $10 for a 9-hole round.

The course has no pro shop or concessions, so it’s BYOB.