Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars out of 5
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57 Kuilima Dr
Kahuku, HI 96731
Honolulu County
Phone(s): (808) 293-8574

The Arnold Palmer-designed Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort is a championship course that combines Scottish Links with a jungle of forest pine. Don't get too distracted by the surroundings, though - easier said than done. The signature 17th ends on a plateau 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean.

Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer's Course #8

The Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort gives you a taste of Scotland and a splash of jungle, all wrapped in a beautiful Hawaiian beach-front package.

With five miles of beaches, Turtle Bay Resort is the perfect place to gaze at Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn and Turtle Bay, itself. Only 45 minutes from Honolulu, the resort immerses guests in the natural beauty of Oahu. In fact, ocean views are the norm in every one of the resort's 443 rooms.

The Palmer Course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay and is the home to an annual event on the LPGA Tour. The golf course surrounds a wetland preserve known as the Punaho'olapa Marsh, which is home to many endangered Hawaiian birds.

The distinctive 18-hole championship course features a front nine that plays like Scottish Links with sand, water and rolling terrain and a back nine that rolls through a jungle forest of pine. The 17th hole, its signature, has nine bunkers leading up to a green that sits on a plateau 100 feet from the ocean.

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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 1992
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Paspalum Grass
  • Greens: Paspalum Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes, lighted, grass tees
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $110 - $185
  • Weekends: $110 - $185

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed:
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Black/Palmer 72 7218 143 74.4
Blue 72 6795 140 72.5
Gold 72 6225 132 70
White 72 5574 125 67
Red 72 4851 121 64.3
White (W) 72 5574 128 71.9
Red (W) 72 4851 117 68

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Benjamin A.
    on January 04th, 2013 04:19
    I can't believe I almost missed out on playing this course because I didn't have a way to get there! Luckily I was able to find HiGolfGuide just in time, and they were able to give my wife and I a free ride. It does take a long time to get out there, but on the way you get a nice little tour of the island. We started early and actually played the Fazio Course in the morning and the Palmer Course right after lunch. The Fazio course was nice but the Palmer course was awesome. The greens were flawless and approach shots didn't even make a mark! The fairways were like carpet, but the rough was penalizing. The layout was great too, requiring a wide array of shots. This course fulfilled all of my expectations, and I look forward to playing here again. One of the nicest courses on the island.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by r tani
    on December 02nd, 2010 22:28
    From tee thru green very well kept. The fairways are too nice to be real,at first I had a hard time hitting the ball cause I didn't want to disturb its beauty. Greens are immaculent,when their rolling well they can give waialae cc a run for their money. Believe me I've played waialae more than 50xs.the course itself isn't all that hard. It is set up very nice. What makes the course tuff is when the trades winds stalrt blowing and mix in the 3 inch ruffy
  • 1.5 stars out of 5
    by Dennis
    on September 23rd, 2010 13:20
    Disappointing. The scenery was average at best. The course was not well marked. Greens and fairways were in good shape. Only 1 ocean view hole and it's not really visible until you're on the green. Overall it's a nice golf course but nothing spectacular especially at it's price.
  • 3.5 stars out of 5
    by JP
    on January 16th, 2010 04:29
    From the Blues or grays this is a neat golf course. Starts at the first hole with a dog leg right. Tee box points you left to middle. You can go straight. Better players can take it right of Big tree on right side of Fairway and end up in the middle of the fairrway. Good fun. Great shape and very nice practice facility.
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Barbara
    on January 08th, 2010 09:58
  • 2.5 stars out of 5
    by Barbara
    on January 08th, 2010 09:52
    Incredible resort and the golf courses are in great shape. Stay out of the rough at all costs!! A true test of skill.
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Melissa
    on January 07th, 2010 20:14
    Just played on Sunday- Palmer Course in phenominal shape.
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Mike B.
    on January 05th, 2010 19:19
    Really interesting and challenging golf course. Atypical of Hawaii, lots of different holes, culminating with a spectacular 17th with ocean views. Real golfers appreciate the challenge and thought that went into the design.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Will McIntosh
    on January 05th, 2010 08:38
    Course was in pristine condition - 16, 17 and 18 are a scenic, but difficult finish. Staff was great - overall experience was first class.
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Thompson
    on December 30th, 2009 11:25
    This is the best course at Turtle Bay and the former site of the SBS LPGA event. There are a number of tough, attractive holes on this course, winding between water and trees. Personally I think the course would benefit from removing some more trees to open up more ocean views, but overall this course is well worth playing. In terms of the resort, the villas down by the water are a great place to stay at Turtle Bay - the waves hit the ocean wall just yards from the large sliding glass doors. In addition to the Fazio course, which is a decent place to warm up for a round on the Palmer course, the resort has a network of trails which are great for running or horse racing.
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