Getting on Oahu's military golf coursesPlaying military golf - shots that go left, right, left, right - isn't recommended on Oahu. Playing military courses, however, does have its advantages. They're usually less expensive than other tee times on the island and kept in relatively good shape.Getting on most military courses requires a military 'sponsor,' although the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course makes that process much easier than, say, the Kealohi Par 3 Golf Course and on Hickam Air Force Base. The military 'sponsor' must meet their guests at the Hickham front gate to sign them onto the base unless they are a pre-approved group of 11 or larger, according to Philip Chambers, the manager at Kealohi.For those who don't have a military connection, the Kaneohe Klipper Course, located on a scenic peninsula north of Honolulu, will 'sponsor' a golfer for five days for a $10 fee. All that's needed for a pass to put in the windshield of your car is a valid Hawaii driver's license or a social security number. Yearly passes are available as well.Dino Silva, who works in the pro shop, says the 6,269-yard course gets a lot of civilian play at $59 a round. A $45 promotional offer to book a tee time from 1-3 p.m.
Includes a drink and an appetizer.' The view is why a lot of people come. The back nine is along the beach,' Silva said. 'A lot of people like to play and take pictures. Our upkeep is good.
It's hard with some of the weather, but we keep it nice. Everybody (on staff) tries to be pleasant. We try to be happy because a lot of the people who play here are on vacation.'
The US Golf Association estimates a standard 18-hole course can cost around $384,000 to $636,000 a ye a r in maintenance fees. (Building a golf course can cost $1.6 to $4.5 million.). Apr 21, 2018 Guide to Military Installations and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a. Even military resorts and recreation areas in places like Tuscany and Seoul are bases of a kind; worldwide, the military runs more than 170 golf courses.
GolfAdvisor.com user gave Kaneohe Klipper five stars in, calling it 'incredible.' 'The course is always in great shape from greens, to views, etc.' 'Always plays quite difficult because of the wind.
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Challenging but very fun.' Since the Leilehua Golf Course isn't technically on a military base, located between Wheeler Army Air Force Base and Schofield Barracks at Wahiawa, it is open to public players without a 'sponsor.'
Even so, there are still restrictions. The course only allows same-day walk-ons. Only military personnel can make tee times in advance.Leilehua sits between the Waianae and Koolau Range in the Ewa Forest Preserve in the heart of the island. Large palm and eucalyptus trees frame the 7,010-yard layout.
Civilians pay $36 to walk and $49 to ride, according to Head Professional Lou Merkle.' We are in an area where it is nice and cool, about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than (Honolulu),' Merkle said. 'The course is tree-lined.
There is a good separation of holes. It's pretty up here.' GolfAdvisor.com user four stars, noting the 'staff is totally accommodating! Course is nice and not too crowded towards the afternoon times.' The Nagorski course, located at Fort Shafter halfway between Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, is a hilly nine-holer built in the 1940s, featuring views of Honolulu and Diamond Head. Holes 2 and 3 occupy what once was the Putnam Airfield emergency landing strip used during World War II.Two other fine public-access courses, and, are within 15 miles of Pearl Harbor. Military attractions on OahuPlan to spend a full day, or more, touring Pearl Harbor.The first time I visited in 1997, I was taken aback with emotion.
I don't have many family members with ties to the military, but I felt a deep connection that day to others who did. When I brought my family back to Oahu for a golf vacation in 2013, I made sure to return to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument again, so my 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter could better understand the sacrifice of those who died on Dec. 7, 1941.Audio tours of the two exhibit rooms focus upon what led up to the attack and the events of that fateful day. Visitors watch a movie before boarding the boat that leads to the USS Arizona Memorial. It's true that those standing on the memorial platform can still see oil leaking from the sunken battleship.There's so much else to see beyond that famous landmark. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, operated as a private, non-profit organization, pays tribute to more than 3,500 submarine personnel and 52 subs lost in World War II.
Ford Island, accessible by shuttle, is home to the USS Oklahoma Memorial and two separate attractions, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the battleship where the Japanese signed their surrender.There are other lesser-known military museums elsewhere on Oahu, including the Tropic Lightning Museum at Schofield Barracks in the center of the island. The Hawai'i Army Museum, located at the Hale Koa Hotel and the Ft.
DeRussy Recreation Center in Waikiki, tells the military story of Hawai'i from ancient times to the Vietnam War. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl Cemetery because of its location at the Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, honors those who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Veteran golf travel, history and architecture journalist, Bradley S. Klein has written more than 1,500 feature articles on course architecture, resort travel, golf course development, golf history and the media for such other publications as Golfweek, Golf Digest, Financial Times, New York Times and Sports Illustrated. He has published seven books on golf architecture and history, including Discovering Donald Ross, winner of the USGA 2001 International Book Award. In 2015, Klein won the Donald Ross Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society of Golf Course Architects.