Discover a local Hawaiian favorite: Olomana Golf Links on Oahu
WAIMANALO, Oahu, Hawaii -- A 13-year-old phenom named Michelle Wie put Olomana Golf Links in the spotlight of the golf world. Like many of the locals, she learned the game at Olomana, located on the windward side of the Ko'olau Mountains about 35 minutes from Waikiki.
Dating to 1967, Olomana remains the busiest of the five Oahu golf courses owned by Pacific Links International. It's just a fun round of golf designed by Bob E. Baldock, a prolific designer in the 1960s, and Robert L. Baldock.
At 6,304 yards from the tips, Olomana allows better players to go low unless the tradewinds blow. Water guards every hole on the front nine. Rolling hills, trees and bunkers create a new setting on the back. The longest par 4 on the course, the 414-yard 18th, plays even tougher when factoring in the elevated final green.
"The course is a winner," Kilua resident Kemo Cambra said after a round in January. "The greens are nice."
A 42-tee, double-decker driving range and the Sakura Restaurant inside a retro-looking clubhouse are available before or after a round. Pacific Links International Chief Executive Officer Bruce Simmonds said Olomana Golf Links will eventually get the infrastructure updates necessary to become even better.
"It's in a good location with a good setting," he said. "We haven't done anything yet. We will be."