Located on Oahu’s renowned North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort sits on 880 acres of lush oceanfront property near legendary surfing spots and amid spectacular scenery — think lush green foliage, sunsets over the ocean, and palm trees.
Turtle Bay Resort is home to two spectacular Oahu golf courses designed by some of the most prominent names in golf and architecture – Arnold Palmer and George Fazio.
The original Fazio Course, with holes that meander along the coastline and which include breathtaking views of Hawaii’s North Shore, was crafted during the 1970’s, and its classic design withstands the test of time.
While the Fazio course surely proves its mettle, the gem of Turtle Bay golf courses is the renowned Palmer Course, a facility that – in addition to other impressive distinctions – is among the “Top 100 Golf Courses in the US” according to Golf Digest. With a setting that includes dense wetlands, contoured tree-lined fairways, and a crescendo to amazing ocean views from the penultimate hole, the Arnold Palmer Oahu golf course is one worthy of the bucket list.
Palmer Course :
Opening in 1992, the Arnold Palmer Course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, was rated one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses” in America and ranked 4th among Golf Digest’s “Best New Resort Courses in America” the year it opened. The Palmer-Seay layout features two very distinct experiences.
The front nine will challenge golfers with a Scottish Links style layout, while the back nine has a more tropical setting as it meanders through a tropical jungle and forest of ironwoods. The course forms a horseshoe around the Punaho’olapa marsh, an unspoiled 100-acre wetlands and bird sanctuary. Water comes into play on 14 of the Palmer holes. The 17th, the signature hole offers panoramic Pacific ocean views from the green while the hole is dotted with nine bunkers, which makes it as challenging as it is scenic.
The par-72 Palmer Course measures 6,225 yards from the resort tees. When played from the Palmer (black) tees, this 7,218-yard seaside course presents a stiff challenge to even the best players in the world. Sand traps are plentiful, with more than 70 menacing the fairways and protecting the greens. However, there are five sets of tees on each hole that provide an enjoyable experience for golfers of any ability. We hope you enjoy your round and your experience at Turtle Bay R
George Fazio Course :
The George Fazio Course at Turtle Bay Resort opened in 1972. The 18 hole design meanders among traditional Hawaiian Palms while skirting the North Shore coast on numerous occasions. It is known for generally being more forgiving than the Arnold Palmer Course and having breathtaking ocean views on both the back and front nine. It is a popular walking course because it can be played from a shorter distance and there are far fewer forced carries.
While the Fazio Course is the original course at Turtle Bay Resort, it is still a great test of golf, and in its day it hosted the best players of a generation, including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Sam Snead, and Chi Chi Rodriguez in the first Champions Tour Skins Game. The Fazio Course has also hosted the LPGA Tour’s Hawaiian Open. The Fazio Course is an experience well worth having, and for those enjoying multiple days at the resort, a great complement to the Palmer experience.