Department of Parks and Recreation,
Pago Pago 96799,
- +1 684 699 2995
20 km SW of Pago Pago
Fuga Tolani Teleso
The village of Ili’ili is located in the southwest of Tutuila Island, American Samoa, and here at Ili’ili Country Club you’ll find the country’s only golf course, routed in modest fashion across 120 tropical acres.
Ili'ili Golf Course started out as a 4-hole track in the early 1970s, becoming a 9-hole course shortly thereafter before it was finally expanded to an 18-hole layout in 1987.
Golf Professional Fuga Tolani Teleso was the primary visionary and driving force in designing the layout and physically shaping the landscape to set out the course.
Lli’ili now extends to 6,496 yards from the back tees, starting with a short par three. Notable holes include right doglegged par fives at the 5th and 14th and the short par four 18th.
Interestingly, out of bounds comes into play at no fewer than fifteen holes, with OOB markers lining both sides of the fairway at the 3rd, 8th, 14th and 16th holes.
If you want to play golf in American Samoa, then your list of options starts and finishes here at Ili ili.
The course is about 10 minutes drive from the airport in the middle of the main island and is a Parks Department run facility. It's a basic parkland course, with plenty of palm trees dotted about, the grass is mostly broad leaf and although the card says the course is 6245 yards long, I suspect it's a little shorter than that. The upside is that the green fees are very reasonable, the course is built on a gentle slope giving views over the course and out to the ocean and everyone was friendly. I had just shown up and was set ready to go play golf minutes later.
An interesting point about the course is that there are modern golf carts in a shed next to the parking area and these can be hired from the club. But there are also other cheaper, older carts which can hired from the starter. I was told that these are worked on and repaired by local people as a form of job training, which seems like an excellent idea.
The course is not difficult, but warm air, strong blue sky and green grass, combined with hibiscus and other tropical flowers make this relaxing and fun golf course.
One final thing, I've seen coconuts used as tee markers before, but I've never seen them used where they've started growing. Many of the ladies (red) tee markers had 1 to 3 feet of germinated coconut tree sticking up from the tee marker. I think it showed a level of pride in the course.