Golf: that's one of the things people love to do in Hawaii. With a number of world class courses in Honolulu, it can be tough to choose which one to spend the day on. But out in the country, a.k.a. the North Shore, two amazing courses are onsite at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort. Both the Palmer Course and the Fazio Course offer 18 holes and many hours of fun on the surf and sun-saturated North Shore.
Golf and surf by the sea — Photo courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort
Known as the more demanding of the two Turtle Bay courses, the Palmer Course features 18 holes as it meanders its way through the natural wetlands of the North Shore. Beginning farther inland, it runs down to the ocean and white sand beach and back, and can be enjoyed by cart. Rated as one of the 75 greatest golf resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure, Turtle Bay provides everything you could need for a day on the links. The Palmer, which begins right by the golf pro shop, has been rated one of the top 100 public courses in the United State by Golf Digest.
Pro surfer Kelly Slater hitting the links — Photo courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort
Palmer Course Yardages, Ratings & Slopes
According to Turtle Bay, the Palmer is the more demanding of the two and ideal for either professional golfers or amateurs.
Meanwhile the Fazio Course also starts by the golf pro shop and offers 18 holes as it stretches west past the horse stables. Known as more forgiving than the Palmer Course, the Fazio has a walker-friendly layout and is also known as a great primer for the Palmer experience. Over the years, the Fazio has been utilized for the LPGA Tour's Hawaiian Open, as well as the Inaugural Champions Tour Skins game which featured many professional golfers.
Golf in paradise — Photo courtesy of redjef25
Fazio Course Yardages, Ratings & Slopes
According to Turtle Bay, "The Fazio Course is generally considered the more forgiving of the two courses at Turtle Bay, but that doesn't mean it can't pack a punch. Holes are receptive off the tee, but the greens are raised and somewhat small, making for challenging approaches and short game play."