Luana Hills Golf Course

Luana Hills Golf Course, Oahu: Address, Luana Hills Golf Course Reviews: 4/5

Luana Hills Golf Course
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A beautiful course designed around Mt Olomana.
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14 reviews
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Sydney, Australia21 contributions
Very enjoyable despite the greens
I had a very enjoyable round of golf at the royal Hawaiian golf course this week. Perhaps the most scenic and picturesque course I have ever played. Very challenging with dense jungle and ravines in play on most holes. My only issue was that the greens were only recently aerated although I got a discount on green fees. Also I think this course is all about tee to green challenges rather than on the greens. I would definitely love to come back and play with normal greens.
Written October 25, 2012
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San Antonio, TX1,178 contributions
Jurassic Park Revisited
Oct 2012 • Couples
The former Luana Hills course is built in the midst of a tropical rainforest.
They are undergoing a rather extensive reorganization, with their fourth owner.
The scorecard distances are not accurate, and the hole layout is being rearranged.
There is plenty of mud on this tract, but sadly no ball washers.
The golf holes are set up for target golf. If you hit a straight ball, and can carry the many hidden ravines, you should score OK. My BW did not enjoy the long, narrow carries over hidden ravines.
The proshop greeting, and club pick up went smoothly. Also, the starter was friendly, but there were different groups scattered on the course. We were behind a foursome, and they followed a single. We played through the foursome and joined the single for a nice pace of play.
The tees, greens and fairways were in good shape. You are seperated by jungle expanses on many holes.
Because of the inaccurate distances, many blind shots, and temporary hole locations, Royal Hawaiian comes across as a work in progress.
This is jungle golf, and gives a much different experience than the majority of parkland style courses on Oahu.
Written October 15, 2012
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Duluth, GA126 contributions
Luana Hills/Royal Hawaiin
Aug 2012 • Couples
The only thing this course has going for it, is that it has great views. My husband and I showed up for our tee time only to discover that there was no driving range! They don't tell you that when you book your tee time. This course has apparently changed hands and is in a transitional phase. The club house was shut down, no beverage cart and the golf carts are very old. Breaks were so warn out, you never sure if you will be able to stop! We witnessed one golfer run right into the bushes becasue he could not stop.The score card did not provide a hole layout, nor did the tee box have hole layout information, which made club selection very difficult. Many of the shots were blind shots, with no hole layout you had no idea which club to use. During our 18 holes there were only 3 other groups. It appears that this course was designed with the intention of being a golf course community and no homes were ever built. I'm not sure what's going on, but I felt ripped off. This course should be $50 at most, and they are charging $125 ($85 golf now). There are to many other courses in Oahu to waist your money here. Go to Ko Olina, or turtle bay. A little further drive, but worth it. I spoke with the conceige at the Ritz after playing this course and told them they should not be sending their guest to The Royal Hawaiin. It would not surprise me if this place does not shut down. Be aware if you do play here, They will not tell you about the driving range, the club house, lack of beverage cart and the very unprofessional scorecard.
Written August 19, 2012
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west coast45 contributions
Jungle near the city...bring a camera, great attitude and a few pills (balls or aspirin).
Jun 2012 • Friends
I hadn't been out to Royal Hawaiian Golf Club (formerly Luana Hills) for about six years. It was much too painful to play, as a beginner.

I was able to pull together a foursome for a nice early morning, tee-time. It was about 80 degrees and breezy and not a drop of rain in the sky (rare for the Windward side of the island). Take your time, don't rush. Look around at the beauty of your surroundings. Forget about your score, because the fairways are hard and fast, the greens are inconsistent (but, nice) and you will lose balls that you swear hit right in the middle of the fairway. Oh, plus the island greens, forced carries and you have yourself a challenge. The designer is Dye. Ring a bell?

The greens fees were $110 on a Sunday and we finished in 4:15. Light traffic and were never pushed.

If you are looking for tricks and treats, this is the course. If you play it a few times, you will get the local knowledge to shoot a decent score. The front seemed easier than the back (jungle). We were told be the attendants that the back will be renovated, soon, to make it more friendly and add some longer holes.

The course is off the Pali Hwy (going toward Kailua) and it's at the light for AULOA RD. You turn onto AULOA RD and make a very quick left to go toward LUANA HILLS (sign). Follow the road and you will see guardhouse. The course is straight up the hill.
Written June 12, 2012
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Kailua, HI244 contributions
Golfing in a tropical jungle
Great layout. Very few back to back holes. Front nine is on the side of volcanic mount and back nine is cut through the jungle.
Written December 27, 2011
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San Francisco, CA447 contributions
Great for weddings, good brunch
Feb 2011
I've never golfed there, but 2 of my friends have had wedding banquets there and it's gorgeous. beautiful view of the Koolaus
Written December 11, 2011
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Just T
Los Angeles, CA772 contributions
Bring your A game and your camera. It's one of our favorite courses in Oahu
Mar 2011 • Couples
It's a love/hate relationship with this place.

It's one of our favorite courses to play in Oahu because it's absolutely gorgeous, but it's also where we lose the most golf balls. Bring plenty of extra sleeves and your water balls - you'll use them all.

This is target golf at its best...or worst. If you play from the black tee box, you might never have to pull your driver out unless you're that deadly accurate.

The beauty of the course and the challenge it brings, makes up for the other shortfalls: Gas carts need a serious upgrade and they come with no additional ammenities like an ice chest or tees. The restrooms in the clubhouse and course are clean, but the Igloo water coolers on the course were bone dry. Seriously? There was no sign of a drink cart while we were there and the clubhouse looks just plain dreary. It could use a good power washing.

If you can get past all those little things, go for the humbling experience: 1. To be one with nature because there's a whole heck of a lot of it and it's absolutely breathtaking and 2. this course will remind you why this sport is the great equalizer that it is, because no matter how good you are, it will KICK your butt.
Written November 4, 2011
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Peter B
Brisbane116 contributions
Australian visitor
Jul 2011
This golf course has changed ownership and is now called ROYAL HAWAIIN.
What a wonderful golf course - do not forget to take a camera. Some of the scenery is amazing. The views of the countryside, and the golf holes will blow you away. We played here the day after playing Ko'olua Golf Course - they are a little different - the grass on the greens and the fairways at Royal Hawaiin are more what I was used to in Australia. This course if very difficult - you will loose golf balls, but on the positive side of things, you won't waste any time looking for them - if your ball isn't between the trees, it's gone, into the jungle. Never to be seen again. Do not miss playing this golf course - sensational!
I bought a GolfHawaiiCard and it cost me $75 to play, which included range balls and 20% off apprarel in the pro shop - good value.
Written July 29, 2011
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san diego18 contributions
The best Jungle Golf Experience
Jun 2011
This golf course is unique. the views almost made me forget that I came here to play golf. Every hole seems different. The course is nestled into the hillside. Giant trees, flowers, ravines, streams all are part of the experience. The only bummer is that they do not let you walk the course. I guess the distances between holes are just too long for everybody to walk.
Written June 24, 2011
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Chicago9 contributions
One of a kind
Mar 2011
Played Luana Hills last week (3/11). This is definitely a unique golf course. The setting cannot really be described in words. Think Jurassic Park. I really am amazed they were able to carve a golf course out of this jungle setting. My wife absolutely loved it.

The downside for us is that we went on a rainy day, and it came down pretty hard at times, which also took away somewhat from the amazing views. Also, the management decided that was a good day to have every maintenance employee working away on every hole while we were trying to play.

In terms of the course itself, it's unique. Not just the setting, but the course itself. It's not really laid out like a traditional course, probably because of the terrain. It may be that "players" won't like the course, because it's not something they're use to. A lot of people talk about how hard it is. I think it's not hard if you're not aggressive. What makes it "hard" and non-traditional is that you cannot be aggressive. This isn't a course where you are rewarded for a good, aggressive shot, particularly off the tee. You have no choice but not to be aggressive. I don't think I used driver off the tee more than once or twice, and on a lot of par 4s and 5s, I used 5 or 6 iron off the tee.

I would definitely recommend this course, just for the experience of the setting. But if you're the type who isn't happy unless he's able to unleash the driver off the tee every hole, you might not like the golf. If you're patient and don't mind placing your shots, you should be happy here. I think it's a good choice for female players, too.
Written March 13, 2011
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