Golf News for Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Courses

Kaua'i, Hawaii golf resorts honored by Travel + Leisure magazine

KAUA'I, Hawaii -- The Kaua'i Visitors Bureau co-operative -- Kaua'i: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green -- announces that The St Regis Princeville Resort and the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa garnered distinction in Travel + Leisure's 18th annual "World's Best Awards."

Both are listed among the "Best Resorts in Hawaii" and are also members of the magazine's "Hall of Fame," which includes elite properties that have been listed every year for the past decade. Readers of the publication cast votes for the hotels, destinations and companies that embody the best in travel.

"We are honored that Kaua'i resorts were selected by Travel + Leisure readers as some of the best in the world," says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua'i Visitors Bureau. "Both leisure and adventure travelers will enjoy their stay on the island, which offers activities ranging from zip lines and relaxing in luxurious guestrooms to kayaking down the Wailua River and hiking through our tropical paradise."

The St. Regis Princeville features the renowned Halele'a Spa, an infinity pool overlooking Hanalei Bay and The Kaua'i Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The resort is adjacent to the highly acclaimed Princeville Makai Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design ranked as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" by Golf Digest.

Poipu Bay Golf Course is one of the many amenities of the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa, which has a water playground, saltwater lagoon, the celebrated Anara Spa, live entertainment and several restaurants. Poipu Bay Golf Course, situated on 210 oceanfront acres adjacent to the resort, is ranked as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" by Golf Digest and gained fame as home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 through 2006.

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.

New Par-3 'Mini Prince' Course Enjoys Success Among Families
The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club recently opened a par-3 "Mini Prince," particularly suited for families. The new six-hole course is easy to walk and set on the 13-acre practice facility. Designed for all skill levels with larger putting cups making it easier for novices, the "Mini Prince" opens at 4 p.m. daily.

"We have seen an increase in play each month since opening in April and these are likely guests that would not have visited our facility otherwise," said Prince Course General Manager T.J. Baggett. "The Mini Prince is the perfect family activity as kids play free and it takes 30 minutes or less to play six holes."

The cost is $15 for adults and complimentary if golfers played the Prince Course on the same day. Juniors ages 8-17 play for free if accompanied by a paying adult. Juniors age 12-17 unaccompanied play for $5. For tee times call 808.826.5001.

Kaua'i Lagoons Unveils Premium Ocean Nine Package
The Premium Ocean Nine and Wine package at Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club allows couples the opportunity to enjoy the Kiele Moana Ocean holes as a twosome with a bottle of wine and cheese. The fee is $89 per player after 3:30 p.m. HST daily (if one player does not want to play, they can ride and enjoy the wine for $25).

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Kaua'i Lagoons features the longest continuous stretch of ocean golf holes in Hawaii and was recently named one of the "World's Most Beautiful Golf Courses" by MSN Travel. For more information call 800.634.6400.

Puakea Golf Course Introduces Fit Club for Walkers
For $50 a month, Fit Club members at Puakea Golf Course enjoy unlimited daily walking golf after 3:30 p.m. HST. This monthly fitness golf program is a great way to exercise and improve golf skills. Rate is subject to change and Hawaii State Tax. The special is based on space available.

Puakea is consistently rated a local favorite course and enjoys beautiful views of Mt. Ha'upu. For more information call 808.245.8756.

Princeville Makai Golf Club Hosting Second Annual Warrior Makai Collegiate Tournament
Seventeen of the top Div. 1 programs in the country will compete in the second annual Warrior Makai Collegiate Golf Tournament at Princeville Makai Golf Club, Nov. 4-6. Included in the field will be defending champion Baylor University, nationally ranked Mississippi State, Pac-12 power Arizona State and the University of Hawaii Warriors, the host team.

Playing at 7,200 yards, the course proved to be a stiff challenge last year with an average individual score of 74. Individual winner Albin Choi, an All American from North Carolina State, was the lone player to post three, sub-70 rounds.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort is the presenting sponsor of the event, with support from First Hawaiian Bank, North Shore General Story, Hawaii Hardwoods Trophies, Hanalei Surf Company and Wyndham Resorts.

For more information call 808.826.1912 or follow the event on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MakaiGolfClub) and Twitter (@PVille_MakaiMan).

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. Princeville Makai Golf Club (www.makaigolf.com, 808.826.1912)

• Re-opened in 2010 following an extensive renovation. Princeville Makai Golf Club has since been ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" 2013/2014 and ranked #3 by Golfweek in Hawaii's "Best Courses You Can Play" 2013.
• Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., 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 championship 18-hole Kiele course features the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii with more than one-half mile of oceanfront golf.
• 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" 2012.
• 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
• A Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design, the course underwent renovation and unveiled the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens in 2011. Its four closing holes play atop a 150-foot sea cliff.
• 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, and preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

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