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4.4
227 Reviews (227)
5 Stars
118
4 Stars
68
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.7
94.3%
Recommend this course
198 out of 227 reviews
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4.5
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
97.0%
Recommend this course
32 out of 33 reviews
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4.5
56 Reviews (56)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
96.4%
Recommend this course
54 out of 56 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6609 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.1
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Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Platinum Paspalum Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1993) Perry Dye (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Hawaii (2017 #11)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2017 #16)

Reviews

4.4
227 Reviews (227)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 25
Forced Carries 22
Bunkers 14
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 22
Advanced Golfers 17
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 13
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 10

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Jungle/Jurassic park golf course

Definitely worth a visit to play this course. Random rain showers and some spots are muddy. Also the front 9 is the “jungle” and gets more open in the back 9. Prepare lots of balls…

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gorgeous Layout - Lacking Amenities

This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful setting for a golf course. It is also the hardest course I have ever played

Maybe I should have them a break due to Covid, but they are still charging a premium to play there, so no.

No driving range. How can they close this on such a difficult course? I can’t be the only golfer who likes to warm up

No complementary bottle of water. Play at Turtle Bay or Ko Olina and your get an ice chest with a bottle of water

No hospitality service on the course.

Overly restrictive cart rules. They might as well say the course is cart path only. We could rarely drive to our ball

Oh yeah, bring a lot of balls!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Royal Hawaiian

Spectacular vistas. One of the most beautiful courses we have ever played. Not easy, but, who cares.
Bring a lot of balls.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Jungle Cruise

Arrived early. Starter let me go early and instructed me on some of the places to avoid and how to play some of the earlier holes. Coming from Texas the front 9 is up and down in the jungle. Only hit two drivers from the tees, 3-wood and hybrids from most of the tees. Need to hit a spot. Very cool layout. Up in the clouds. Would definitely play there again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Layout was incredible, staff and conditions didn’t match. No publishing of when carts were due in except once you got to the pro shop which at that point was already too late. Poor management of tee sheet, had three singles in front of us. No chance to finish the round. Snack shop closed before we teed off. No way to get beer or drinks.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course for the money

Played this course for the first time and was not disappointed. Super challenging, in great condition.
Greens were a little slow and there’s no marshall to keep things moving, but overall would definitely recommend to others.
Friendly staff and the starter was very helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Not how I remembered it...

I have played the Royal Hawaiian golf club several times. Up until now, it had been my favorite golf destination in Hawaii. The course used to be in excellent shape. This time, the tee boxes and fairways were in poor shape. The greens had been punched and sanded. Golfnow didn't mention that when I booked the round. We were very annoyed to pay the outrageous tourist rate for a course with punched greens. I still love the layout and the lush rain forest setting. Based on what they charge, we expect the course to be in better shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Very Nice View for every holes !

Very Difficult and challenging courses , but they were so so beautiful courses ! I had such fun a lot !
You should bring a lot of balls, if you never play there .
I lost a lot of balls ....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Most interesting course on Oahu

Very challenging. Great course design. Unbeatable Mountain View. Feels like you are playing golf in a tropical botanic garden. Just don’t play the course in a rainy day since it will be really muddy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun once and a while

I played this course long ago and have not played it for 15 years. Not my favorite layout. It is beautiful to see but not all that great to play due to the target golf aspects. I will play it occasionally but the course will not be in my normal rotation. Pace of play was a bit slow because the groups in front lost a lot of balls. This course would be frustrating to anybody that is not extremely straight. Long hitters get penalized - I only hit 2 drivers all day. Typical Pete Dye layout.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging track

Don’t need to bring your driver to this course. Accuracy trumps distance. Be preparers to lose several balls at least

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout beautiful lush course. Slow player infront of us searching for balls in every hole.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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