Golf News for Monday, October 21, 2013 | Courses

Kaua'i, Hawaii courses unveil family and beginner golfer programs

KAUA'I, Hawaii -- The Kaua'i Visitors Bureau co-operative - Kaua'i: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green - announces family and beginner-friendly options at its award-winning courses, available through the fall and winter months.

To wit:

Princeville Makai Golf Club is the first course in Hawaii to offer the EZeeGolf Program, providing an introduction to the game without the player having to swing a club on longer shots. Using a specially designed club, players determine yardages and pull a trigger so the ball is automatically struck. Golfers use traditional clubs for shorter shots, such as putting and chipping. The $200 cost per player includes a 45-minute introduction and clinic, all of the necessary clubs, nine holes of golf and a caddie. The course hosts "EZee Mondays" every week at 3:30 p.m., including rental clubs, short-game clinic and orientation and three holes of golf for $99. For more information, or tee times for EZee Golf, call 808.651.8175.

Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club offers free golf for kids ages 6 to 17 anytime on the Waikahe Nine when accompanied by a paying adult (one free kid per paying adult). The club is also stages 60-minute golf clinics Monday-Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for $30 per player, with a different aspect of the game is covered each day. Openings are limited and reservations are recommended. To book tee times or to reserve a spot in a clinic, call 1.800.634.6400.

Poipu Bay Golf Course presents a "Practice & Play" program allowing golfers to practice at the range and play the first three holes any day, starting with a check-in between 3 and 4 p.m. for $25. The course's opening holes include a par 4, 5 and 3, making for a well-rounded practice session. The fee includes cart and range balls. The practice range is open until 5 p.m. For more information or tee times, call 1.800.858.6300.

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.

Puakea Golf Course 'Named Best in Kaua'i;' Offering New Green Fee Special
Puakea Golf Course - the local gem featuring dramatic views of Mt. Hauupu - has garnered "Best in Kaua'i" accolades in the golf course category by This Week Kaua'i magazine.

Conveniently located just minutes from Lihue Airport, Puakea Golf Course has previously been ranked as one of the top golf courses in Hawaii by both Golfweek and Hawaii Magazine. The Robin Nelson design plays through deep ravines, crosses mountain-fed streams and reveals sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

Through Jan. 31, 2014, golfers receive 30 percent off the regular green fee with a special $59 rate after 11 a.m., including cart. There is also a $35 nine-hole rate available any day, all day.

For tee times, or more information, call 808.245.8756.

Prince Course at Princeville's Restaurant Honored by GOLF Magazine
The Tavern at Princeville, the restaurant located inside the clubhouse at the Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club, was recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the "Best 19th Holes" in the world.

One of renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi's newer venues, The Tavern was the lone Hawaii restaurant on the list, which honored 19 locations across the globe, including those at iconic courses such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and Pinehurst.

The Tavern overlooks The Prince Course, ranked the No. 1 course in Hawaii, with panoramic views from Mt. Namolokama to the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant features a casual atmosphere and utilizes fresh ingredients from an on-site organic permaculture garden. Menu items range from grilled rib eye steak and shrimp scampi to fried chicken and mac and cheese. The Tavern opened in 2011 as part of a massive renovation project at The Prince Course that restored original design concepts and improved playability for all skill levels.

For reservations call 808.826.8700 or for tee times at The Prince Course call 800.826.1105.

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. The Makai Course 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 over ½ 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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