To the many visitors who enjoy golf as part of a Hawaiian Holiday, it may seem surprising that golf only came to the Islands at the very end of the 19th Century. In fact it wasn’t until 1898 that Hawaii had its first course: the Moanalua Golf Club on Oahu.
Moanalua is a beautiful course located about 25 minutes from the hotels on Waikiki, but despite its proximity to the many visitors to the Island, it remains a popular spot with locals. While a nine hole course, players can take advantage of two different sets of tees for an 18 hole experience. This allows for a “front” nine and “back” nine that offer different perspectives and tests. The greens and fairways are all of Bermuda Grass and the course is a par 36 over 2,972 yards.
In describing the course, GolfNow says “With out of bounds on every hole, brisk trade winds and a stream that meanders through the course Moanalua Golf Club will provide a tough yet fair test to golfers of all skill levels.”
Among some of the more unusual claims to fame for a golf course, Moanalua counts the fact that it once hosted polo matches on its broad third fairway and presumably is one of the few golf courses that can boast that Amelia Earhart once used the course to land strip for her plane!
Moanalua is also the first golf course to join the Go Oahu Card. Thanks to this new partnership, Go Oahu Card can select round trip transportation from their hotel to the course and a round of 18 on Moanalua as their bonus choice with the Card. They also get a cart for their party, which is a nice bonus considering Moanalua is a hilly course. All of this is in addition free admission to over 30 other sights, activities, tours, and museums on Oahu that come for the price of the Go Oahu Card.