Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

4.5 stars out of 5
(based on 16 reviews)
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770 Auloa Rd
Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii 96734
Honolulu County
Phone(s): (808) 275-4616, (808) 262-2139

Nestled at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains in Oahu, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club enjoys a stunning tropical setting framed by ancient jungle trees that climb to more than 100 feet tall.

A sunny day view of a green at Royal Hawaiian Golf Club.The 15th at Royal Hawaiian is a dogleg left par 4 and probably one of the tamer holes on the golf course.View from the 401-yard par-5 13th hole at Royal Hwaiian Golf ClubView of the 3rd green at Royal Hwaiian Golf ClubThe par-3 11th is considered one of Royal Hawaiian's signature holesA view from Royal Hawaiian Golf Club.From the get-go, you find out you have to hit precise shots at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club.The par-3 11th at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.The towering Koolau Mountains are a spectacular backdrop to Luana Hills Golf Club on Oahu.At just over 400 yards, the 13th hole at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club is one of the most unusual and difficult par 5s you'll ever play.From behind the green, the short 569-yard par-5 second hole at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club isn't exactly a pushover.The island par-3 third at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club presents a very small target usually affected by wind. The 555-yard par-5 fifth hole at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club plays uphill off the tee.Even without an ocean view, Luana Hills Golf and Country Club is one of the most stunning golf courses in Hawaii.Don't miss the green left on the par-4 finishing hole at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club on Oahu.Once you get to the par-4 10th hole, Luana Hills Golf and Country Club actually gets easier, but not much.The par-3 16th at Luana Hills Golf and Country Club is 218 yards, but because of the drop-off from the tee, it plays three or four clubs shorter than its yardage.There's not much of a target from the tee on the par-4 18th at Pete Dye's Luana Hills Golf and Country Club.

Nestled at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains in Oahu, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club enjoys a stunning tropical setting framed by ancient jungle trees that climb to more than 100 feet tall. The father-and-son team of Pete and Perry Dye designed the course. There are many telltale signs that this is a Dye course, from the many elevation changes to the varied bunker styles that are utilized throughout. The round begins with stunning views as you plunge downhill into the Maunawili Valley. There are more trees and narrower fairways on the front nine, contrasting nicely with the wide-open back nine. Royal Hawaiian Golf Club's back plays towards the mouth of the valley, offering a view of the mountains and sparkling blue Pacific waters in the distance. It's not an overly punishing golf course but locals and visitors alike have called it the toughest and most scenic course you'll find on Oahu.

4.5 stars out of 5
(based on 16 reviews)
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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Perry Dye, Pete Dye
  • Public/Private: Semi-Private
  • Year opened: 1993
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Platinum Paspalum Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Gold 72 6609 138 73.1
Black 72 6086 132 71.5
White 72 6432 130 71.6
Blue 72 5541 128 67.7
Green (W) 72 5200 136 71.3
Red 72 4583 101 62.1
Red (W) 72 4583 119 67.3
Green 72 5200 117 65.2

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Esteban Rodriguez
    on June 20th, 2018 16:46
    What a great place. Love staying and playing. You might recognize some scenery from a Jurassic Park movie. When you drive to the next tee box you can’t see a thing then you get there and it opens up. Aersome!
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Doug Irving
    on January 04th, 2018 14:32
    Magnificent scenery, bring your A game and really fun to play. We had a fabulous time and would love to go back!
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Big Al
    on February 09th, 2016 14:16
    Outstanding course and staff...a pleasure to play...a challenging course that you'll never forget.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Scott Powers
    on March 10th, 2015 20:06
    What a great course!! A must play, very Beautiful and in great shape!!! Staff is very good!!!
    Best in Hawaii by far, played 2days in a row it was so good!!! You will love the views and the golf is GREAT!!!!!!

    This is a Must play!!!!!
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Butch
    on November 01st, 2014 14:56
    Difficult course. Better know how to play golf. Would help if you had a fore caddie to tell you what is ahead of you. My wife and I started with a dozen balls and we had to buy another dozen for the back nine. Beautiful course with great views.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Luke Scott
    on June 19th, 2014 02:12
    This is what golf in Hawaii is all about. There are other courses on the island that are way more expensive but don't give you anywhere near the same experience. Eric from HiGolfGuide recommended this course to me, and even gave me free transportation from my hotel. If you only have one course to play on Oahu, do yourself a favor and play here. You will not be disappointed.
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Bill Pirtle
    on May 25th, 2014 19:12
    Lucky we live Hawaii... Luana Hills is just as good as the Prince course on Kauai. Course rating for Prince Course is 157, Although Luana Hills is a little shorter in length from the blues, it's still kicks ass..... My only issue with This course is they charge too much for riders only. My wife and I'm and I'm sure others visitors as we'll, their wives would really love the Beauty of the course and shear Beauty of the surroundings. This could eventually lead these women into learning how to play, which increases revenue. Let's say your a single player, you have an extra seat, why would you charge for the wife to watch her husband play golf. Maybe some women never have seen their spouses play golf, or the gorgeous course we play. I hope you see my point. Share the beauty of Hawaii for riders of paying players by letting ride for FREE........
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Greg from Erie, PA
    on November 27th, 2013 09:16
    If you're in Oahu, you have to play this course. It's been a couple years but not only is this a gorgeous golf's one of the most beautiful spots I've ever visited.
    My father-in-law and I had a blast playing this course and, if I remember correctly, we didn't score all that badly either. Played five courses in Oahu and Maui and this one I'll never forget.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Paul LeDuc
    on January 26th, 2013 09:43
    This is a super golf course in great condition. Although it is a bit short, each hole requires a precise shot to score. The back nine is beautiful and you can get involved in watching the scenery rather than thinking about your shots. I will play this course again.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Mark Newnes
    on January 18th, 2013 17:59
    What an amazing course.Over on holiday and highly recommend playing this great layout. Excellent service by pro shop staff,very efficient.This course would suit golfers on low to high handicaps.Course was in excellent condition.Front nine challenging but also very forgiving if hitting a wayward drive.Back nine is like you are in another world,just like Jurassic park scenery.Back nine is a lot tougher and you have to be fairly accurate with tee shots,best to use 3 wood or rescue club from the tee on most holes.Unless you want to risk it and let it rip which is quite rewarding if it works.Overall I would rate this course 5 stars and recommend it to any golfer.
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Not a pro
    on November 28th, 2012 13:44
    This golf course is a treat, and each time I play it I wonder why I don't play it more often. The scenery is jungly and you're taken away from any type of urban thoughts as you make your way around 18 holes of distracting greenery. The grass on a few greens was clumpy and dying, and the range and 10th hole were closed for renovation last time I played which is why it's only getting 4 stars.
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Norman T. Elliot
    on November 16th, 2012 22:06
    It is our favorite course on the Hawaiian Islands and We play it many times every trip. It is worth the lost balls and is unsurpassed in natural mountain beauty.
    We hope the new owners will renovate all the buildings.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Dan Malloy
    on April 21st, 2012 12:18
    One of the best courses I have played...better than the "Teeth of the Dog" in the Dominican, which Pete Dye has said is his favorite course!
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Kraven Moorehead
    on July 27th, 2011 03:54
    The course gas undergone some major changes since March of this year when Hawaiian Golf Properties took them over. They've got a PB Dye/Pete Dye monster deep inside the Maunawili Valley. They have taken the weed whackers out and cut back a lot of what used to be the bush lines. They're trying as much as possible to make the course more user-friendly. They're widening up the fairways and cutting down trees in the right spots. The greens are the last bent grass greens on Oahu. The cool moist Kailua climate allows for the grass to flourish there. But the slopes and undulations are wicked. The Dye boys are notorious for intricate greens, and these are amongst the most undulated anywhere. Everyone always complains about losing balls. Hit it straight then!! You don't need to pull driver on every hole. Just keep it in play and you can score here.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Scott
    on May 18th, 2011 09:39
    I love this place and play as often as I can. While it's short, it is target golf throughout! When my game goes astray, this place brings it back in line. The customer service is top notch, I have never seen it backed up and the course is beautiful! One of my favorites on Oahu! Don't forget to ask for the military rate if you serve!
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by jamie
    on October 26th, 2010 23:00
    Like an aging Hollywood movie star,Luana Hills has seen better days. Her exterior is shabby and faded but head out onto the links and her beauty and charm will ensnare you instantly. Each hole is interesting in it's own right, offering all sorts of challanges (including a 401 yard Par 5, which is demonic in its simplicity) Not as difficult as its neighbor Ko'olau, Luana Hills is it's own beast, a typical Pete Dye course...always out to get you. Give it a try, I thimk you'll likr it once you put the shabby facade behind you.
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