Koolau Golf Club

Written by Liza Hartung
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The Koolau Golf Club can be found on the island of Oahu. This club's course is pretty intense. For the adventurous and danger-seeking folk out there, this course has a slope rating of 155+ (the highest in all of Hawaii). It's consistently rated as the toughest course in America. If you're not a professional level golfer, be prepared for some disappointment when you tally your score. Luckily, the perfect weather and beautiful scenery will cheer you up in no time.

Luckily, being at the Koolau Golf Club doesn't mean you have to attempt the course. However, if you don't, you'll be missing out on the gorgeous 18 hole par-72 which happens to be carved out of a rainforest and stretches across three climate zones. You can always just offer to drive a cart for someone, and perhaps carry the duffel bag of golf balls they're going to need. If you choose to attempt the challenge yourself, bring a large supply of extra balls. You'll need them. The locals joke about needing to bring along as many balls as your handicap.

Koolau Golf Club: Kinder Than Its Course

I know there are some people out there getting more and more excited the more I talk about the difficulty of the Koolau Golf Club's infamous course. Here's a bit of advice that I heard through the grapevine--hit straight. This course was built for high rollers, and the designers sure didn't make it easy. Golf Digest selected this course as one of the top two in the country in 1997, and when you're here, you'll see why.

After an exhausting day on the links, you can always head to Honey, the award-winning restaurant at Koolau Golf Club. Named after Hawaiian legend Don Ho's mother, Honey's is a great place to enjoy Hawaiian-style food with family or friends. They've got several TVs, too, so you can be sure to catch all the PGA action.


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