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Monday, January 12, 2015

KO'OLAU GOLF CLUB

KO'OLAU GOLF CLUB
KANEOHE, HAWAII

KO'OLAU GOLF CLUB
45-550 KIONAOLE ROAD
KANEOHE, HI  96744
808-236-4653

Insider Tip:  When the Pro Shop Attendant at Ko'olau Golf Course offers you 24 golf balls for $27, BUY THEM!  Believe me you are going to need them.  Put away the ProV1's and other expensive balls and bring or buy balls that cost about a buck or less.  I sprayed over a dozen balls on this course in one round and was very happy that I bought the 24.  Ko'olau has been rated the Toughest Course in America at times and it lives up to that status in a big way.  Most holes here are blind where you cannot see the pin with big swings to the right and left.  Add a dozen ravines or so that you have to hit over and narrow fairways surrounded by heavy forest and you have an adventure at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains.  I call it golfing at Jurassic Park and one of the toughest golf challenges of my life.  Catch this place on a clear and sunny day and it also one of the most beautiful courses in Hawaii.  You really have to "think" when playing this course.  It demands your attention and brains.  Try pulling out a driver on most holes and you will be in trouble.  Laying up is pretty smart unless you can hit precise and straight shots which I cannot.  As much as this course frustrates me, I still like it.  I take the attitude that this is practice for me and just try to keep the ball in play.  The darn ravines kill me.  They are everywhere.  On the 18th hole you need to clear two ravines to get to the green which is surrounded by bunkers.  I was so happy when this round ended.  Must say the staff here is awesome.  The Pro Shop guy was a true gentlemen as was the Starter and Marshal. 
Click below to view previous post on Ko'olau Golf Club at Honey's Restaurant at the Club:

KO'OLAU GOLF COURSE IN KANEOHE
LOCAL PROMOTION GAVE US A NICE NIKE HAT WITH KO'OLAU GOLF CLUB LOGO
KO'OLAU GOLF CLUB HOUSE

NO ROOM FOR ERROR AT KO'OLAU.  MY BALL IN PERFECT POSITION FOR SECOND SHOT
RAVINES AND DEEP BRUSH ALL OVER THE PLACE AT KO'OLAU


THINK I HIT IN IN THE RAVINE TWICE ON THIS HOLE
HAWAII IN JANUARY IS PARADISE
AS TOUGH AS THIS COURSE IS, YOU CANNOT BEAT THE SCENERY
9TH HOLE HEADING TOWARDS CLUBHOUSE

MY BUDDY TEEING OFF.  NEED TO GET OVER BRUSH AND INTO THE FAIRWAY

YES...THAT IS THE FAIRWAY ON LEFT WAY DOWN THE HILL
OVER ANOTHER RAVINE TO A SMALL GREEN SURROUNDED BY BUNKERS AND TREES
YOU GOTTA HIT DOWN THE LEFT AND THEN THE HOLE TURNS RIGHT TOWARDS THE PIN

GOOD EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE SHIT YOU NEED TO HIT OVER TO MAKE IT ON THE FAIRWAY
YOU CAN GUESS WHERE MY BALL ENDED UP ON THIS HOLE

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