Dan Shepherd has golfed the greens of Kauai many times and each
experience gives him a rush.
“Every time I tee up at one of the courses, I’m blown away by
the natural beauty of the sites,” said Shepherd, a Kauai golf
spokesman. “I love the combination of great designs on the island’s
courses, very different yet complementary, because the diversity
creates a broader golf experience.”
Eager to provide more visitors with similar moments of golfing
glee, the Kauai Visitors Bureau came up with Kauai: Discover Golf’s
Ultimate Island Green. Now in its third year, the golf marketing
cooperative promotes four island clubs with 117 combined holes
Puakea Golf Course, Princeville Golf Club, Poipu Bay Golf Course
and Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and three affiliated resorts Grand
Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Princeville at Hanalei and Kauai
Marriott Resort and Beach Club.
“The Kauai golf product is relatively new to mainlanders
compared to the other Hawaiian Islands,” said Shepherd. “As such,
the destination is gaining increasing brand awareness and
Nature plays a role in making Kauai a perfect place for a
golfing vacation, said Shepherd.
“Kauai has the least development of any of the major Hawaiian
Islands just 3 percent so the result is a plethora of unspoiled
beauty,” he said.
Given that Kauai offers some of the world’s most breathtaking
terrain, the golf course architects including Robert Trent Jones
Jr., Jack Nicklaus and Robin Nelson clearly were inspired as they
created memorable fairways and holes.
Thanks to the marketing
cooperative, island courses have started promoting golf together,
resulting in easier access to the greens and more appealing rates
for clients. For instance, Poipu Bay, Princeville and Kauai Lagoons
are teaming up on the Kauai Golf Challenge, which provides one
round of golf at each of the courses, shared cart, use of the
driving range and other course amenities for $390 per person. For
golfers craving more playing time, add a fourth round at Puakea or
Kiahuna by booking the Kauai Ultimate Golf Challenge for $470.
“Kauai’s number and quality of amenities means there’s something
for everyone, depending on the chosen facility,” said Shepherd.
“The island is quaint enough that getting from one course to
another isn’t laborious.”
Recent national accolades earned by Kauai courses have helped
the marketing cooperative gain steam. Several courses made the 2006
Conde Nast Traveler Reader Survey’s “Top 100 Golf Resorts.” The
North Shore’s Prince Course was recently rated the number one
course in Hawaii by Golf Digest magazine, with the Kiele Course at
Kauai Lagoons ranked ninth and Poipu Bay Golf Course ranked
Of all the venues on Kauai, clients may recognize Poipu Bay
first and foremost because it hosted the prestigious PGA Grand Slam
of Golf from 1994-2006, providing the course and the island with
invaluable international media coverage. The high-profile event has
moved to Bermuda this year.
“The longstanding tenure of the event on Kauai is perhaps as
great a testimony of the golf destination’s high quality as
possible,” said Shepherd. “The move wasn’t a sign that Kauai no
longer holds the allure necessary to keep this lustrous event.
Instead, it’s indicative of the radical changes occurring with tour
pros, who are dealing with a whole new schedule and set of venues
and dates. In other words, professional golf is reinventing
After winning last year’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Tiger Woods
told the press he loves Kauai and wishes the tournament wouldn’t
leave the island. Coming from the best player in the world, that’s
high praise indeed.
To book the Kauai Golf Challenge or Kauai Ultimate Golf
Challenge, contact any of these golf courses directly:
(Kiele and Mokihana Courses)
Kiahuna Golf Club
Poipu Bay Golf Course
Princeville at Hanalei
(18-hole Prince Course, 27-hole Makai Course)
Puakea Golf Course
Poipu Bay Golf Course is offering several 2007
values. The Grand Slam package provides three rounds of golf for a
discounted price, as long as all rounds are completed within 10
days of purchase. Rates include green fees, shared cart, use of the
GPS and access to the driving range for $380 per person ($320 for
guests of the adjacent Grand Hyatt Kauai). Poipu Bay offers a rate
of $125 for play from noon on ($110 for Hyatt guests) and a
twilight special of $75 after 2:30 p.m.
Clients staying at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club can
book a package providing unlimited golf at Kauai Lagoons’ Mokihana
and Kiele courses for $419 per night