Golf News for Thursday, March 10, 2016 | Courses

Kaua'i golf courses named best in Hawaii

KAUA'I, Hawaii -- Three Kaua'i golf courses earned places in "Golfweek's Best: State-By-State Courses You Can Play, 2016" rankings, released in print and online.

The following properties were recognized:

Princeville Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort (No. 4)
Poipu Bay Golf Course at Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa (No. 6)
The Ocean Course at Hōkūala (No. 12)

Each year hundreds of experienced Golfweek raters survey the nation's best courses based on ease and intimacy of routing, variety of holes, conditioning and memorability.

"Along with Puakea Golf Course and Wailua Golf Course, Kauai golf appeals to players who value high-quality courses amid the island's bountiful natural blessings," said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kaua'i Visitor's Bureau. "No two golf destinations on the 'Garden Isle' are alike, each with a beautiful setting and ambiance to its own. When you add complementing resorts and amenities to these spectacular courses, Kaua'i truly becomes a golfer's paradise."

Princeville Makai Golf Club remained the No. 4-ranked public course in Hawaii. Located on the North Shore, the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design provides panoramic ocean and mountain views, challenging golfers as it winds its way to the magnificent coastline.

Poipu Bay, which hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for 12 years is another Robert Trent Jones, Jr. masterpiece. The ocean-links style course is set between lush mountains and 150-foot ocean cliffs on Kaua'iʻs sunny south shore.

The Ocean Course at Hōkūala is the lone Jack Nicklaus Signature course on Kaua'i. The course boasts the longest stretch of continuous oceans holes in the state.

About Kaua'i Golf
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:

Princeville Makai Golf Club (, 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" in 2015.
• 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 is home to the Halele'a Spa and The Kaua'i Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Hōkūala Resort (formerly Kauai Lagoons Golf Club) (, 800.634.6400)
• It has been named one of the "World's Most Beautiful Golf Courses" by MSN Travel.
• The championship 18-hole Ocean Course features the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii with over ½ mile of oceanfront golf.
• The front nine holes are highlighted by the par-3, fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
• The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf experience on Kaua'i

Poipu Bay Golf Course (, 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.
• Named to Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" 2013-2014 and Golfweek's "Americaʻs Top 100 Resort Courses" 2015
• 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

Puakea Golf Course (, 866.773.5554)
• Rated "Best of Kaua'i" in 2015 and 2014 by local golfers, ranked the No. 15 best course in Hawaii by Golfweek
• Consistently rated a favorite among Kaua'i golfers in local media outlets for its exceptional value
• Golf Course Architect Robin Nelson used the natural layout of the land when he planned the course, testing all levels of play
• Puakea's 18 holes treat golfers to beautiful views of Mt. Ha'upu and deep lush ravines on several holes, which served as the backdrop to the original Jurassic Park movie
• Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case

Wailua Golf Course (, 808.241.6666)
• Regarded as one of the most beautiful municipal courses in the U.S., Wailua was recently named the No. 3 public course in Hawaii by Golf Channel
• The course's original holes date back to the 1920's. The course expanded to 18 holes in 1962 under the direction of Hawaii Golf Hall of Famer Toyo Shirai.
• Easily accessible from the Lihue airport, the scenic public course is a favorite of island golfers and tourists alike.

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