Sunday, May 17th marks the return of live televised golf. However, the players will not compete for FedEx Cup Points, trophies or world rankings. They’ll be playing for something far greater, the health and safety of our communities.
Headlined by a foursome of Team TaylorMade athletes, “TaylorMade Driving Relief” is a $3 million charity skins match supported by UnitedHealth Group to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will team with 20-time PGA Tour winner Dustin Johnson to take on Oklahoma State University alums Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff at the famed Seminole Golf Club in Florida.
The four golfers have graciously donated their time, with each team playing for their respective charities. McIlroy/Johnson are playing for the American Nurses Foundation and Fowler/Wolff are playing for the CDC Foundation. The competition will follow strict CDC social distancing guidelines and will utilize appropriate testing measures to help protect the health and safety of the golfers, production crew and others on site. Tune in on Sunday, May 17th (2p-6p ET) and donate to COVID-19 relief www.pgatour.com/drivingrelief.
How to Watch: NBC, GOLF Channel, NBCSN, Sky Sports and unauthenticated streaming of the event via PGA TOUR LIVE (NBC Sports Gold and Amazon Prime), GOLFPASS, GolfChannel.com and GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR.”
We will be operating under all guidelines established by the Governor for Phase One for the safety of our guests and team members. These guidelines will be updated weekly based on new conditions as we move into Phase Two and Three. Please visit our “COVID-19” page for a full list of guidelines for Phase One.
Please note: The following temporary schedule will be in effect for Ko Olina Golf Club.
Thanks for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.
When Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell directed all golf courses to pause operations on April 1 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Ko Olina Golf Club had already been closed for more than a week.
“Our first priority, as is everybody’s, is to the health and safety of our employees and our guests,” Greg Nichols, general manager and director of golf at Ko Olina Golf Club, told Pacific Business News.
“We joined our resort partners who also took that same stance in [closing]. We just felt like it was the right thing to do.”
To all of our valued guests and community,
With the further progression of COVID-19 and escalated measures by the Hawaii state government, we’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily close Ko Olina Golf Club, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are joining our resort ohana who are taking similar responsible, precautionary measures.
Golf is and always has been a fun and healthy outdoor sport that can be enjoyed by friends, family and folks of every age and ability. However, we feel we must continue to take every measure to protect the health and safety of our employees and guests.
Golfers are by nature a special and hardy group of people, used to dealing with adversity and ultimately finding a way to persevere through any challenges facing them. We encourage everyone to keep their heads steady and high and live aloha. We will get through these difficult times together by caring for and helping each other. In life as in golf, you can’t always control which way the ball bounces, but you can control how you react.
Our Golf Club has set a tentative re-opening date set for May 1st, 2020. Our staff has already begun making calls to any individuals who have tee times booked with us between March 24 and April 30. Our phones will be shut down during our temporary closing, though you may continue to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also continue to view updates on our website on this news page and on our social platforms.
For 30 years, Ko Olina Golf Club has been dedicated to providing an exceptional golf experience with aloha and outstanding customer service. On behalf of all of our staff, we’d like to extend a heart-felt mahalo to each of you for your loyalty, patronage and friendship to Ko Olina Golf Club. We wish for each of you and your families to stay well and be safe. We look forward to seeing you at Ko Olina Golf Club in the near-future.
Greg Nichols, PGA
Ko Olina Golf Club
Today, the LPGA Tour is announcing updates to our schedule as we continue to navigate the global Coronavirus pandemic.
After previously announcing the postponement of our events through the ANA Inspiration and following broadened directives from the various health organizations, the LPGA Tour informed its players that three additional events on our schedule are now postponed: the LOTTE Championship in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii (April 15-18), the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open in Los Angeles, Calif. (April 23-26) and the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in Daly City, Calif. (April 30-May 3).
At Ko Olina Golf Club, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are executing recommendations from the State of Hawaii Department of Health at our clubhouse. The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority and we are recommending everyone follow the health and travel advice of relevant authorities.
Here are some of the measures we are taking to ensure the health and safety of guests, employees and community:
Increased Sanitation Measures
Ko Olina Golf Club cleans and sanitizes its facility including golf carts and clubs daily as part of normal business procedures. In response to COVID-19, we have increased the frequency and extent of cleanings. Some other measures we are taking include:
Decreased Social Contact
We are kindly asking our employees and guests to refrain from personal contact. We encourage everyone to show aloha by using the shaka to greet and say goodbye to one another. We are also limiting social events and encouraging employees to stay at home when sick.
Keeping Your Safety Top-Of-Mind
Ko Olina Golf Club will be posting updates and information on COVID-19 at our clubhouse. Please be aware of scams and mis-information. While COVID-19 public health information is constantly changing in a rapid manner, we are committed to keeping our valued guests informed and safe.
Ko Olina Golf Club remains open and we are committed to providing our guests with an exceptional golf experience. If you have a reservation with us, we look forward to seeing you! If you need to cancel, please call our Golf Shop at 808.676.5300.
We will get through these challenging times together. Mahalo as always for choosing Ko Olina Golf Club.
Ko Olina Golf Club
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Unsettled. Fluid. Ever-changing. When it comes to discussion of how the global coronavirus pandemic is affecting every walk of life, these are oft-repeated descriptions.
Golf has been a welcome escape for some during uncertain times, providing an outlet where participants can get exercise outdoors while being able to avoid close interaction with others. With more golf courses throughout the U.S. than Starbucks stores and an appeal that that spans generations, the game has shown it can offer valuable physical and mental respite with safe operation and proper protocols.
There are lots of questions about the state of the world these days. While we can’t provide answers to some of the more important questions, we can answer some questions about how golf can exist in our current reality.
Here are a few common questions and our best answers on how recreational golf will be affected in the coming weeks and months.
Should I feel safe playing golf right now?
With the information we have available at the moment, yes. But there should be some extra precautions taken when out on the links.
According to one expert, “Being in a wide-open, outdoor space is the least at-risk scenario.” But there are still certain cautious measures to take when on the course. READ MORE
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About Ko Olina Golf Club
Ko Olina Golf Club, one of Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.,” is a challenging 18-hole course built in 1990 by renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson. Typical of his designs, Ko Olina Golf Club features exceptional water features, multi-tiered greens, large landing areas, and a moderate length which makes it perfect for beginners and experts alike.
The clubhouse is also home to Roy’s Ko Olina, one of famous chef Roy Yamaguchi’s 31 iconic restaurants around the world featuring the Hawaiian Fusion cuisine he made famous and which earned him the coveted James Beard award. From 1990 – 1995, the Ko Olina Golf Club hosted the LPGA’s Hawaiian Ladies Open, the Ko Olina Senior PGA Invitational in 1992, and from 2006 – 2008, the Fields Open in Hawaii LPGA event. Most recently, Ko Olina Golf Club hosted the LPGA LOTTE Championship from 2012 – 2019. Noted LPGA star Michelle Wie, who grew up in Honolulu, developed her championship caliber game at Ko Olina Golf Club. Visit
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Paul Azinger is a PGA champion long known as someone who says what he thinks, usually with some degree of clarity, which makes him a good fit as a TV analyst. And that’s what he does now for NBC and at the U.S. Open for Fox.
He could have started much sooner if not for 20 years ago at the Sony Open.
Azinger and NBC host Dan Hicks are working their second straight week for Golf Channel’s telecast of the Hawaii swing. This week brings back strong memories for Azinger, who won the Sony Open in 2000 for his first victory since his recovery from lymphoma, and what turned out to be the last victory of his career. READ MORE