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All five courses in Kauai's golf-and-resort cooperative – called Kauai: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green – are ranked on Golf Magazine’s biennial 2012 Best Courses You Can Play list.
Kauai courses hold four of the top eight spots in the Best-Of state rankings. The newly renovated Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club is the top-ranked course in Hawaii and also landed at number 16 on the magazine’s Top-100 Courses You Can Play list. Following the Prince Course in the state rankings are Makai Golf Club at Princeville (5), Kauai Lagoons Golf Club (7), Poipu Bay Golf Club (8) and Puakea Golf Course (17).
There are more than 90 golf courses in Hawaii and only 20 were cited for Best-Of distinction. The complete rankings are available online and published in the September 2012 edition of Golf Magazine.
Nearly all of the courses and resorts in the cooperative have recently undergone major enhancement projects, helping improve their standing in the magazine's rankings.
The Prince Course at Princeville completed a 15-month renovation program in March 2012. The refurbishment was overseen by Robert Trent Jones II – the original designer – and included the reconstruction and reconfiguring of green contours as well as the widening of fairways.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Kauai Lagoons Golf Club opened the new Kiele Moana (Ocean) Course in May 2011 and now features the longest stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii.
Makai Golf Club at Princeville, also a Robert Trent Jones II design, underwent an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to redesign greens, fairways, tee boxes and bunkers in 2010.
Poipu Bay Golf Club reopened in December 2010 after installing eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens.
Puakea Golf Course is annually included among Hawaii’s best courses in national rankings and is situated at the base of Mt. Haupu. The Robin Nelson-designed course plays through deep ravines, crosses mountain-fed streams and offers sweeping views of the ocean.