With all the sun here on the Garden Isle sporting events and venues are readily available to test any skill level. Here is a list of our favorite Golf courses:
Kiahuna Golf Course
2545 Kiahuna Plantation Dr. Koloa. 742-9595 www.kiahunagolf.com.
World renowned architect, Robert Trent Jones II,, skillfully included many ancient remnants of an authentic Hawaiian village into his design, where you will experience the course’s beauty and a sense of the enduring history of the islands and Kauai. You can book a tee time right on line too!
Kukuiolono Municipal Golf Course
854 Puu Rd., Kalaheo. 332-9151
It is the best golf value on the island at 9 dollars for 9 holes.This public golf course was built in 1929 and later donated to the state by Walter McBryde. It was only the second course to be built on Kauai. Today is one of the finest, and certainly the least expensive course in the state. For only $9 per day, a person can play to their hearts content. Duncan McBryde developed this land after leasing it from King Kamehameha III in 1860. His son, Walter, eventually purchased the 178-acre estate. He loved the area so much that he was buried near the 8th hole of the golf course. The park features a small Japanese Garden, legend stones and beautiful panoramic views.
Poipu Bay Golf Course
2250 Ainako St. Poipu at the Hyatt Resort and Spa 742.8711 www.poipubaygolf.com
This outstanding course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Poipu Bay you’ll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. If this weren’t challenge enough, Mother Nature presents you with one distraction after another. You just may see wild native nene geese and rare Hawaiian monk seals to green sea turtles and humpback whales, you just may experience a scorecard like no other.
Puakea Golf Course
4150 Nuhou St., Lihue 245.8756 www.puakeagolf.com.
Designed by architect Robin Nelson, Puakea is open to the public as a daily fee golf course. The course is resort quality and built on more than 200 acres of historic property, which was once a sugar cane plantation.One thing that has remained the same at Puakea Golf Course is its high-quality, “Kauai style” customer service. Puakea was rated 7th Best in Hawaii by Golfweek in 2008.
$40.00 – 18 Holes – Nike Ignite Clubs
$25.00 – 9 Holes & Twilight – Nike Ignite Clubs for rent
Wailua Municipal Golf Course
3-5350 Kuhio Hwy. Wailua 241.6666 www.kauai.gov
Wailua Golf Course was first built as a 9-hole golf course in the 1930’s. The second 9 holes was added in 1961. Course designer is Toyo Shirai. Wailua GC hosted 3 USGA Amateur Public Links Championships and is voted by Golf Digest as one of Hawaii’s best 15 golf courses. Tee Time Reservations: For 2 or more players, may be made up to 7 days in advance by calling from 7:00a.m. HST 808-241-6666 or in person. Single players are sent out on a stand-by basis. Group information is available through the same phone and email contacts. Beginners and slow players are requested to start after 12 noon.
Makai Golf Club
4080 Lei o Papa Rd. Princeville, 826.1912 www.makaigolf.com
The renowned Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, which opened in 1971 and was recently redesigned in 2009. The Makai Course winds it way around serene lakes, native woodlands and the spectacular coastline with views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay. The course plays to a par 72 with four different sets of tees that can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards from the tips.