It's hard to describe the golf course in great detail, but my avid readers will remember that Pali means "cliff." They may also remember the famous Pali Lookout where Kamehameha through some people off the cliffs. The Pali golf course is located right at the base of the mountains and is maybe a 25 minute drive from Waikiki. Here's my review of the place: if you're just visiting for a few days and you want to play golf, there are much nicer courses. The Pali golf course is a municipal course operated by the State of Hawaii. In other words, you get what you pay for. The greens were in decent shape (no divets all over the place or even too many ball marks), but a little inconsistent, which made gauging them difficult (or, I am making excuses for my abysmal front 9). The course itself is laid out beautifully. It is mostly straight and narrow with trees lined along all the fairways. The biggest problem was the fairways. The grass in the middle of the fairway was long and not well kept. It was like playing in the short rough most of the day. Despite the course's flaws, it is still one of the most gorgeous scenic courses I've played. There is not a lot to the course itself (i.e. no waterfalls or gazebos), but the mountains surround every hole and as you approach hole 8, you tee off facing the ocean.
Golfers may want to know the following statistics: 72 par | 6,524 yards | 126 slope | 70.4 rating | Bermuda grass. There is no driving range, but there is a putting green. They have a bar and restaurant at the club house and the automated tee time number for this course is (808) 296-2000. The way to get there is to take H-1 West, take the Pali Highway, and follow that all the way toward Kailua. When you reach the traffic light at the end of the highway, you'll see a sign for Kaneohe. Follow that sign (take a left turn) and the course is on the left. It's literally like 3-4 turns from Waikiki.