Golf News for Thursday, January 2, 2014 | Courses

Kaua'i golf courses and resorts in Hawaii earn multiple acclaims

KAUA'I, Hawaii -- The Kaua'i Visitors Bureau announces several island golf courses and resorts have captured recent national awards from Golfweek, LINKS Magazine and Golf Range, as well as distinction from regional media outlets.

The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club (No. 23), Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club (No. 84) and Princeville Makai Golf Club (No. 86) were honored in Golfweek's annual "Top 100 Resort Courses" list, compiled by raters from across the country based on criteria such as routing, conditioning, memorability and variety of holes.

Poipu Bay Golf Course was included in the "Next 100" Resort Course ratings from Golfweek.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort on the island's North Shore was included in LINKS Magazine's "Top 25 Golf Resorts of the World" edition. The resort sits adjacent to Princeville Makai Golf Club, which features the 18-hole Makai course and the 9-hole Woods course. The newly expanded practice facility at The Prince Course, another North Shore layout featuring scintillating vistas of the Pacific Ocean, has been named to Golf Range Magazine's "Top-50 Golf Ranges" for Public Facilities for a second straight year.

Puakea Golf Course - a local favorite set at the base of the majestic Mount Ha'upu - recently earned "Best in Kaua'i" honors from This Week Kaua'i magazine and has been ranked as the No. 15 course in Hawaii by Golfweek.

"We are gratified that the superb golf courses and resorts continue to receive widespread critical recognition," says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua'i Visitors Bureau. "The island's beauty, history and quality of resort accommodation options, beaches and outdoor activities complement each other, providing experiences that draw visitors from around the world."

For more information about Kaua'i golf - Kaua'i: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green - "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KauaiGolf, visit www.gohawaii.com/kauai/experiences/golf or call 800.262.1400.

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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