Kauai Golf Courses Have Travelers Seeing Green

Refurbished fairways and special rates make Kauai golf courses a winner By: Marty Wentzel
Poipu Bay Golf Course // (c) 2011 Brian Oar
Poipu Bay Golf Course // (c) 2011 Brian Oar

The Details

Kauai: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green
Members include Princeville Golf Courses, Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Poipu Bay Golf Course, Puakea Golf Course, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, St. Regis Princeville Resort and Kauai Marriott Resort

Kauai golf courses are scoring a hole in one these days as the island’s fairways continue to make improvements and offer great rates for players.

Thanks to a destination cooperative called Kauai: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green, five courses and three resorts have been working together to keep the island at the top of every golfer’s must-play list.

Among the cooperative’s latest news is the reopening of Princeville’s Prince Course on March 1, 2012, following an extensive 13-month renovation. The refurbishment was overseen by Robert Trent Jones II – the original designer – and included the reconstruction and reconfiguring of green contours as well as widening the fairway mowing patterns to promote a more enjoyable experience for players of all levels.

“Princeville's Prince course is the latest of many enhancements our golf courses and resorts have undergone in the very recent past, all enriching the visitor experience on Kauai,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Golf is one of many popular activities on Kauai, and the courses here collectively are second to none."

In addition, three Kauai courses have unveiled value-laden golf packages and programs.

Kauai Lagoons -- which opened the new Kiele Moana (Ocean) Course in May 2011 -- is allowing golfers between ages six and 17 to play for free with a paid adult on the nine-hole inland Waikahe Course, particularly suited to juniors and beginners. Truly avid golfers can become a Kauai Lagoons Member For A Week and receive an entire week of unlimited golf on the 18-hole Kiele championship course, a Kauai Lagoons logo golf polo shirt and an engraved bag tag for $495 per person. Additional weeks of unlimited golf can be purchased for $445.

Makai Golf Club, which introduced the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf grass on all fairways and greens in 2010, is waiving green fees for players age 15 and under any time, seven days a week with a paying adult. If an adult accompanies two or three juniors, one plays for free while the other players receive 50 percent off. Juniors ages 16 and 17 receive a 50 percent discount. Complimentary Callaway rental clubs are also available.

Puakea Golf Course offers free golf to juniors ages 7 to 17 with a paying adult seven days a week. A local favorite, Puakea has been ranked among the Top 15 courses in Hawaii by both Golf Magazine and Golfweek.

The savings continue at Poipu Bay Golf Course, which re-opened in December 2010 after installing Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens. Its Grand Slam package offers a savings of nearly $300 and includes three rounds of golf, a shared golf cart with GPS and use of the driving range for $425. For guests staying at the adjacent Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, the cost is $367. All three rounds must be played within ten days of purchasing the package.