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Kahuku, HI

Turtle Bay Resort

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2.55(based on 4 reviews)
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Jashwa
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 20.1 years 174 played 88 reviews
1.50 star(s)

1.4 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 20, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

The main appeal of Turtle Bay disc golf course is that it's located in a beautiful resort that offers tons to do onsite.

The course is laid out across a relatively small area of land at the resort and plays out by the beach towards the end. You are footsteps away from a beautiful beach after you complete your round.

Other activities available at the resort:
*Surf school
*Dining
*Tennis
*Segway tour
*Mountain biking
*Ball golf
*Public beach access

Probably a ton more in addition to the ones listed above. I am not staying at Turtle Bay during my visit to Oahu, but it seems like a really nice place.

Cons:

The disc golf course is lackluster and despite the greens fee required, it's clear that it is not a priority at the resort.

The navigation at the course is horrible with zero vertical signage indicating tee areas, which are mostly marked with a green circle on the ground... note that not all of the tees are marked in this way, which makes life more confusing. Once you finally find the tee areas, youll likely have a wide open hyzer shot ahead of you with the exception of two or three drives. The baskets are all portable and in pretty rough condition.

According to the adventure center, the resort often has activities on the fairways of the DG course, which further shows the low priority of the course on the property.

I usually have no problem paying $10 per person at a disc golf course if I can see that the greens fees are being used to improved the course. Unfortunately, it was clear that the greens fees that I paid at this course were not going into the course.

Other Thoughts:

If you're not staying at Turtle Bay, then I would not recommend making the trip solely for the sake of playing this course, but if I was staying at Turtle Bay I'd play this course daily for practice during my vacation!

As a resort, turtle Bay looked awesome and when I'm planning my next trip to Oahu there's a good chance that I'll choose to vacation at turtle Bay, based partially on the fact that there's disc golf on site!!

Fun fact: the movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" was filmed at Turtle Bay!
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gwiese
Experience: 6 played 1 reviews
2.50 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 28, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

Beautiful setting
Good variety of distances (200ft - 500ft)
Only place on the island with baskets

Cons:

Price is $10 per person, disc rental is $5 per disc!

Very poorly labeled tee pads (green discs laying on green grass!)

Many open and generic hole designs

Other Thoughts:

It irks me to pay that much to play a crappy course, but when it's the only baskets on the island, you pay the price.
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Ranger Rick
Experience: 11.8 years 53 played 15 reviews
3.00 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 23, 2015 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Real baskets! Yes they are on movable bases, but they are solidly set, so it is semi-permanent. The current 12 holes make good use of the available land. It was nice to play with the sound of the crashing waves in the background!

Cons:

Mostly open shots, with little challenge other than distance and wind.

Other Thoughts:

Currently the basket for hole 3 is partially surrounded by shipping containers, so it makes for a much more difficult shot, trying to work around them. I could not find the tee for hole 12, I think that there is some construction equipment covering the wooden markers, or at least that what it looks like from the map. I teed off from the foot golf tee and called it good.

I really enjoyed my time playing here! My wife tagged along for the first round then found a nice hammock to relax in while I ran through it again. The resort is really nice and everyone was real hospitable. I brought my own disks so the charge was only $3, but if you used their discs it was $10 and they all looked like beat up Innova stuff. The check in is at the snack shop next to the tennis courts so you get something to cool you down after a nice hot round. Definitely a must play if you are on Oahu and have some time!
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Dscgl4
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 30.1 years 164 played 18 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Ok course, but worth a trip... 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:May 16, 2015 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

...because, hey disc golf on O'ahu! Small, 12 hole course at a beautiful resort that is worth a trip itself. Most of the holes were open and required little thought, other than how to deal with the wind. A good selection of distance, and the complexity increases if you play the road OB. A couple of wooded holes, but mostly the course is wide open. The Adventure Center rents discs, which is s nice touch.

Cons:

It's hard to look at the gorgeous ball golf course next door and not feel like you're just a side thought. The day I played three of the holes were unplayable because of a luau set up for that evening. The wind is rough here, but that's part of the challenge. Tee pads are marked by wood slats in the ground, and baskets are portables (but good metal ones). There's no signage, but the course is easy to navigate with a map (available at the adventure center and on this web site).

Other Thoughts:

This is a great resort that welcomes visitors even if you aren't staying here. There's a lovely beach for sunning and swimming though the surf can get rough. Fun to watch the surfers on some of the bigger waves. There's lots to do here, so it's worth a trip to come play a round and enjoy the beach and bar. Lots for the family and friends to do while you play.
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