Arnold 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 Arnold Palmer Golf 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 Resort.
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Arnold Palmer Legacy Lives on at Turtle Bay
The North Shore of Oahu is one of the most spectacular sites we have been commissioned to discover and design a golf course on. The Arnold Palmer designed Championship Course at Turtle Bay takes advantage of the site's breath taking and magnificent ocean and mountain views. Each hole presents a unique and enjoyable challenge set amongst this majestic landscape that culminates in one of golf’s most memorable experiences. There is no wonder why the PGA Tour hosted a successful Champions Tour event here for 8 consecutive years.
We enjoyed molding this unique landscape into a strategically beautiful yet, intriguing journey that will test every aspect of a player’s mental and physical game. Through risk reward and heroic scenarios our design will allow you to discover one of many ways to “crack the code” and chart your own path around the course. We have poured our passion and love of golf course architecture into this place and hope, through your experience, you find the same joy in playing it as we found in building it.
- The Arnold Palmer Design Company