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“Jurassic Park Revisited”
Review of Luana Hills Golf Course - CLOSED

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Owner description: A beautiful course designed around Mt Olomana.
Reviewed 15 October 2012

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.

Thank bobemac
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

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.

1  Thank wietz12016
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

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.

1  Thank propredicr
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

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.

Thank ssmhawaii
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Reviewed 11 December 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

Thank jocelynlee
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