ZealousGolfer.com Travel: Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii

For my previous travel articles, I have covered several European destinations. Now I would like to turn back to what is perhaps the most exotic vacation spot in the United States: Hawaii.

The last time I looked at golf in Hawaii, I took a look at the Kapalua Resort. Of course, considering that the PGA Tour devotes the first weeks of every season to golfing on the islands, it is clear that there are a multitude of other phenomenal options available when a zealous golfer makes his/her way to Hawaii.

A personal favorite for me (which in my opinion is a must-play for any one interested in Hawaii golf) is the Turtle Bay Resort.

You are probably already familiar with the resort from the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This resort provided the setting for the film, but its two premier golf courses are also easily recognizable for playing host to professional golf tournaments.

Only 50 minutes from Honolulu, Turtle Bay is the only major golf resort on the North Shore.

The Golf:

Turtle Bay boasts two championship golf courses. One was designed by the King himself, Arnold Palmer. The other is a George Fazio design.

Each course is named after its world-famous architect.

The Palmer Course is notable in its use of a Scottish links-style layout similar to many of Palmer's original courses.

The Fazio Course preceded the Palmer and has played host to the Senior Skins game and an LPGA event. While shorter in length than the Palmer (at 6,500 yards maximum), the Fazio provides players of all varieties a challenge with enormous, sculpted greens.

The price for a tee time ranges from $90-180 during the year at both courses. Like most resorts, staying on-site has the added benefit of less expensive golf during your stay. While the Fazio and Palmer designs certainly are elite golf courses, junior golfers may play for only $30 at both.

The Turtle Bay Resort is a phenomenal representation of the best Hawaiian golf has to offer. With many courses to offer, fantastic golf resources (for instance, a teaching academy and state of the art driving range on-site), and an unparalleled resort on-site, Turtle Bay is hard to match in quality.

If you are planning your golf trip, make sure to check out Hawaii golf courses here.

Turtle Bay certainly earns the ZealousGolfer.com seal of approval for its commitment to a great golf and vacation experience.

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