KAUA'I, Hawaii -- The five member courses of the golf destination cooperative "Kaua'i: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green" will be featured on NBC Sports when "Global Golf Adventure - Kaua'i" airs on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET, prior to the network's live third-round coverage of the World Challenge.
The show is hosted by veteran NBC Sports and Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing, who visited Kaua'i to explore the island's highly acclaimed collection of courses, including The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club, Puakea Golf Course, Makai Golf Club at Princeville, Poipu Bay Golf Course and Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club.
For each episode of "Global Golf Adventure," Rolfing travels the globe in search of "exciting and unique" golf and travel destinations.
"2012 has been an incredible year in golf, so I decided we should cap off the year in style on 'Global Golf Adventure' with a trip to one of the most spectacular spots on earth, the island of Kaua'i," said Rolfing. "There is no place like Kaua'i. It is a land of breathtaking contrasts, big and bold, yet at the same time, small and charming."
All of the courses highlighted in the show have received numerous national and regional "Best-Of" honors and recently completed major renovation and enhancement projects. Earlier this year, GOLF Magazine's "Best-in-State" Ratings had four Kaua'i courses ranked in the top eight of Hawaii, including The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club, which was No. 1 in the state and No. 16 on the magazines' list of the "Top-100 Courses You Can Play" in America.
Many special stay-and-play packages are available at these courses and their affiliated resorts. For information about golf on the Garden Isle visit www.kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing/, or call 800-262-1400.
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About "Kaua'i: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green"
Kaua'i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches -- more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. Only five percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use.
1. Princeville Golf Courses (www.princeville.com)
• 45 holes of golf -- the 27-hole Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort and the 18-hole Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club -- all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
• Ranked as the No. 1 course in Hawaii by GOLF Magazine (2012), Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club (800.826.1105) re-opened March 1, 2012, following an extensive 13-month refurbishment project. The 66,000-square-foot clubhouse features The Tavern Restaurant, by celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, and the beautifully appointed 5,500-square-foot Prince Golf Shop.
• Makai Golf Club at Princeville (www.makaigolf.com) reopened in 2010 after an extensive 15-month renovation and has since been ranked as one of Hawaii's top courses by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.
• The St. Regis Princeville Resort completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and opened the first week of October 2009.
2. Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400)
• Voted, along with Kaua'i Marriott Resort, one of the "Top 50 Resort Courses" worldwide by GolfWorld magazine in its "2009 Readers' Choice Awards"
• The Kiele Moana (Ocean) Course - which features the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii - made its debut in May 2011, bringing back the famous 18-hole Kiele Championship layout
• Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club features the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf experience on Kaua'i
• The front nine holes feature the par-3 fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
• Recently voted 6th best course in Hawaii in Golfweek magazine's 2012 Best Courses: State by State, No. 7 on GOLF Magazine's 2012 "Best-Of" state rankings and one of the "World's Most Beautiful Golf Courses" in MSN Travel.
3. Poipu Bay Golf Course (www.poipubaygolf.com, 800.858.6300)
• Along with Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa, Poipu Bay has been honored by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top resorts for golf in the U.S. from 2000 through 2012
• Named to Golf Digest's Best-in-State rankings for Hawaii 2011-12 and Golfweek's Top 100 Resort Courses in America 2011
• Four closing holes play atop a 150-foot sea cliff
• Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 through 2006, it has frequently hosted players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and other major champions
• Course completed a renovation project in 2011, highlighted by the installation of the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens
4. Puakea Golf Course (www.puakeagolf.com, 866.773.5554)
• Consistently rated a favorite among Kaua'i golfers in local media outlets and ranked as the No. 15 course in Hawaii by Golfweek.
• Golf Course Architect Robin Nelson used the natural layout of the land when he planned this layout, testing golfers of all levels and treating them to beautiful views of Mt. Ha'upu and deep lush ravines on several holes.
• Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case
About the KVB and HVCB
The Kaua'i Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is contracted by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawai'i's tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawai'i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawai'i's economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.
Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Dan Shepherd, 703.403.5317