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Best Signature Hole
Turtle Bay’s 452 yard, par-4, 17th hole on the Arnold Palmer Course is a fine balance between challenge and beauty. Carry the bunker with your first shot and don’t sway too left. The second shot is blind to the green, where you can get it down in two with the ocean crashing behind you. 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku. 293-8574, www.turtlebayresort.com.
Best Scenic Course
Sculpted out of a rain forest and surrounded by the Koolau mountains, driving your golf cart through Luana Hills Country Club feels like driving through the set of Jurassic Park. Lose focus and you’ll easily lose a ball or two. 770 Auloa Road, Kailua. 262-2139 www.luanahills.com
Most Challenging Course
The Koolau Golf Club is not only Oahu’s most challenging course, but also one of the most challenging in the country, with rainforests as roughs, down-sloping terrain into ravines, and the infamous 476 yard, par-4, 18th hole with two forced carries over a dense forest and 22 bunkers. 45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe. 247-7088, www.koolaugolfclub.com.
Best Bargain Course
The Ewa Villages Golf Course is a good course for the average golfer, with nice scenery and numerous water hazards and bunkers. Green fees are $16 for kamaaina with a valid driver’s license. 91-1760 Park Row St., Ewa Beach. 681-0220.
Best Mini Golf
Tired of losing balls in the rainforest roughs? Head to a different kind of jungle at Jungle River Mini Golf. They even have cosmic golf nights! 98-1101 Moanalua Rd., Pearlridge Shopping Center, 488-8808