Golf News for Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Awards

Several Kaua'i courses have been rated by Golf Digest Magazine

KAUA‘I, Hawaii -- The Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau announces that several of the courses in its golf-destination co-operative – Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green – have been voted onto Golf Digest Magazine’s biennial ranking of the “America’s Greatest Courses State by State 2007-08.”

The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club – home to 45 golf holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. – is rated the No. 1 course in Hawaii by Golf Digest, the same position it garnered two years ago. The Kiele Course at Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club – home to 36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus – was rated No. 9 by Golf Digest’s rating panelists. Poipu Bay Golf Course, which hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994-2006 ranks No. 10 in Hawaii by Golf Digest.

Fifteen courses earned best-in-state acclaim from Golf Digest. There are roughly 90 courses in Hawaii, which is widely regarded as home to many of the nation’s finest golf courses.

Golf Digest's biennial best-in-state rankings are determined by the magazine's course rating panelists, a group of more than 800 low-handicap golfers who rated thousands of U.S. courses on a 10-point scale in various criteria.

These updated state-by-state rankings appear in the April 2007 issue of Golf Digest which is currently on newsstands.

“Having three of the four golf clubs which comprise the 117 holes in our destination cooperative rated as best Hawaii golf courses by a pre-eminent publication such as Golf Digest is a wonderful honor,” says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “Puakea, our fourth golf partner, is also a wonderful course which consistently delights players.”

Puakea, Poipu Bay, Kaua‘i Lagoons and Princeville combine to offer the scintillating golf destination “Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green.” For more information about them and the Garden Isle, visit or call 800-262-1400.

About “Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green”

Kaua‘i is colored by lush, numerous shades of green – the flora and fauna which blanket the mountains and serve as a painter’s palette and “carpet” of nature’s wonder. Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and buffeted by soothing trade winds, Kaua‘i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawai‘i. Only three percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use.

The critical acclaim and unique attributes of the four g0lf destination partners include:

1. Princeville at Hanalei (, 800.826.1105)
Home to Golf Digest’s No. 63 rated course in “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” (Prince Course) and the No. 1 rated course in the state
45 holes of golf – the 27-hole Makai nines and the 18-hole Prince – all designed by Robert Trent Jones II
Overlooks exquisite Hanalei Bay
2. Poipu Bay Golf Course (, 800.858.6300)
Its Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa rated No. 32 in Golf Digest’s “Sublime 75: America’s Greatest Golf Resorts”
Four closing holes rise 150-feet to a red sea cliff
Longtime home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, it has frequently hosted players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and other major champions
3. Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club (, 800.634.6400)
Home to Golf Digest’s No. 90 rated course in “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” (Kiele Course)
36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus (Kiele and Mokihana courses)
Features multiple ocean holes with another one being added in 2007 to the Kiele Course
4. Puakea Golf Club (, 866.773.5554)
Kaua‘i’s newest 18-hole course
Owned by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case
Adjacent to lush site where Steven Spielberg filmed “Jurassic Park”
Kaua‘i’s natural wonders include the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, and the 3,000-foot towering mountain cliffs overlooking the Napali Coast along the northwest shoreline.

A wealth of outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline aerial tours, helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.

For more information about “Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green” visit or call 800-262-1400.

Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications