Golf News for Friday, March 29, 2013 | Courses

Hawaii's Kaua'i golf destination courses earn Golfweek honors

KAUA'I, Hawaii -- The Kaua'i Visitors Bureau announces that four Garden Isle courses have been named to Golfweek's 2013 list of "America's Best Courses You Can Play" by state.

The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club ranked No. 2 on the list and Makai Golf Club at Princeville garnered the No. 3 spot. Situated nearby The St. Regis Princeville Resort, both courses recently reopened after undergoing extensive renovation projects.

Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club, featuring the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii, ranked No. 8 while Poipu Bay Golf Course, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa, rated No. 9.

"Kaua'i is a leading golf destination and these accolades affirm that we have some of the best courses in the state and the country," said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kaua'i Visitors Bureau. "Furthermore, these award-winners combine with Puakea Golf Course to offer stay-and-play packages as well as our island's many other activities and attractions."

For more information about golf on Kaua'i "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KauaiGolf, visit www.gohawaii.com/kauai/experiences/golf or call 800.262.1400.

Kaua'i Courses Offer Specials for Juniors
Several Kaua'i courses feature substantial savings for juniors this spring and summer:

• Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club: Kids (ages 6-17) play free anytime on the Waikahe Nine when accompanied by a paying adult. There is a one junior per paying adult restriction. For more information call 800.634.6400 or visit www.KauaiLagoonsGolf.com

• Makai Golf Club at Princeville: When accompanied by a paying adult, junior golfers (ages 6-15) play for free and ages 16-17 pay 50% off the adult rate. Juniors also receive complimentary Callaway junior-sized rental clubs as well as free instruction when taking a lesson with a paying adult. For more information call 808.826.1912 or visit www.MakaiGolf.com.

• Poipu Bay Golf Course: Junior golfers (ages 17 and under) pay 50% off the adult rate and play free after 4 p.m. when walking with an accompanying adult. The fee for a walking adult is $10. For more information call 800.858.6300 or visit www.PoipuBayGolf.com

Puakea Golf Course: From June 1 to Aug. 31, junior golfers (ages 7 to 17) play free with a paying adult. There is also a special rate of $25 for rental clubs. For more information call 808.245.8756 or visit www.PuakeaGolf.com.

Alaska Airlines Providing Daily Service from San Diego
Beginning in June, travel to Kaua'i from San Diego will become more convenient as Alaska Airlines will begin offering daily flights.

Flights will depart from San Diego at 9:55 a.m. PST daily and from Kaua'i at 11:05 a.m. HST starting June 7 until August when frequency will shift to four days a week.

For more information on travel to Kaua'i, please visit www.gohawaii.com/kauai/.

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 -- with only five percent of the island developed for commercial and residential use. The Kaua'i golf destination is a cooperative of five world-class golf courses and three award-winning resorts:

1. Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club (www.princeville.com, 800.826.1105)
• Ranked as the No. 1 course in Hawaii by GOLF Magazine (2012) and No. 22 among "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" 2013-2014 by Golf Digest
• Robert Trent Jones Jr. design re-opened in 2012 following an extensive refurbishment project that restored original design aspect, and improved playability for all skill levels
• 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

2. Makai Golf Club at Princeville (www.makaigolf.com, 808.826.1912)
• Re-opened in 2010 following an extensive renovation. The Makai Course has since been ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" 2013/2014 and in the Top 5 "Best Public Courses in Hawaii" 2012 by GOLF Magazine.
• The 18-hole Makai Course incorporates serene lakes and stunning ocean coastline; the leisurely 9-hole Woods Course winds through native woodlands against a backdrop of lush mountains
• The St. Regis Princeville Resort recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and is home to the Halele'a Spa and The Kaua'i Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten

3. Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400)
• In 2012 was voted No. 6 in Hawaii in Golfweek magazine's Best Courses: State by State, No. 7 on GOLF Magazine's "Best-Of" state rankings and one of the "World's Most Beautiful Golf Courses" on MSN Travel
• Amenity of the Kaua'i Marriot Resort on Kalapaki Beach, which recently underwent major upgrades to all of its guestrooms, suites, restaurants and pool deck
• 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
• The front nine holes feature the par-3, fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
• Features the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf experience on Kaua'i

4. 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 golf resorts in the U.S. from 2000 through 2013
• Named to Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" 2013-2014 and Golfweek's Top 100 Resort Courses in America 2012Four 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
• Unveiled the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens in 2011
• The Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa completed a renovation in 2012 and features a water playground with river pool, waterfalls, a saltwater lagoon, tennis and the celebrated Anara Spa

5. 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.

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