Like everyone else who visits Kauai,
golfers marvel at the grand-scale beauty of this westernmost island
of the main Hawaiian Islands. Kauai's eight courses present golfers
with challenging and memorable play in a setting between mountains
Each of Kauai's
three resort areas -- the south coast, at Poipu; the east coast,
centered on Kapaa and Lihue; and the North Shore, around
Princeville -- is home to courses that participate in packages for
visitors who want to play more than one course.
packages offer significant savings on greens fees that typically
run $175 or more. Resort courses usually knock about 20% to 30% off
greens fees for their own hotel guests. Also, afternoon play
presents an opportunity for serious discounts.
Here's a look at
some of the options golfers have on Kauai.
It's tough to top
the Princeville Resort when it comes to a magnificent setting. The
resort is located on an oceanside rise overlooking the Pacific and
lushly green, sawtooth mountains. Princeville's Makai Course has
three nine-hole courses: Ocean, Lakes and Woods. The 18-hole Prince
Course, considered Princeville's best, is also its priciest at $200
All of the courses
were designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., with bunkers strategically
placed on the courses' rolling hills. The Makai Course offers long
fairways interspersed with trees and challenging landscapes plus a
Eighteen holes on
the Makai Course runs $175, or $95 after 1:30 p.m.; the fee is $140
for Princeville Resort guests during prime time.
The Prince Course
was named Hawaii's best golf course for 2007-2008 by Golf Digest
magazine. The greens fee is $195, $135 for resort guests and $120
for all players after noon.
Strong winds and
long, narrow fairways provide the challenge at the Robert Trent
Jones Jr.-designed Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course, which hosted the
PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006. Overlooking the Grand
Hyatt Kauai and the colorful waters off the island's sunny south
coast, the course has memorable views. The four closing holes play
atop a 150-foot sea cliff.
The greens fee is
$200 before noon and $125 after, and $135/$110 for guests at select
option, the Kiahuna Golf Club, also was designed by Jones. He
interrupted flatland play with liberal use of water hazards. The
greens fee is $110, $75 after 3 p.m.
Nicklaus-designed courses, the Kiele and the Mokihana at the Kauai
Lagoons Golf Club, are adjacent to the Kauai Marriott Resort &
The Kiele is the
championship course, offering oceanside play. Nicklaus is
redesigning the Kiele so that five consecutive holes offer
oceanfront play. The Mokihana, a Scottish-style links course, lies
alongside the resort's man-made lagoons.
Kiele is priced at
$195 in the morning, $130 after noon, $140/$120 for Marriott
guests. Mokihana is $120, $79 after 11 a.m.; Marriott guests pay
$80 before 11 a.m., and $60 after.
Private, public courses
course, owned by AOL founder Steve Case and designed by Robert
Nelson, is situated just outside Lihue with the beautiful Hoary
Head Mountains as a backdrop. Greens fees are $99 before 11 a.m.,
$79 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and $59 after 2 p.m.
Municipal Course offers oceanside play amid tall palm and flowering
plumeria trees. A round costs $32 on a weekday, $44 on
Guests staying at
least three nights at the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation condominium
at Poipu enjoy two free rounds of golf at the Kiahuna Golf Club.
The Room and Golf package is available through Oct. 31 at a
starting rate of $179 per night.
The Kiahuna course
also offers visitors booked for longer stays the chance to sign up
for seven days of play (not consecutive). A one-time $700
initiation fee and a $150 annual fee covers seven days of play for
two at a cost of about $60 per round.
Deals abound for
late risers, as well. After 3 p.m., Princeville's Prince Course
offers three-and-a-half hours of play at a twilight rate of $65. A
nine-hole rate at the Makai Course is available starting at 4 p.m.
and is priced at $50. Puakea has a $59 price for play after 2
information, visit www.kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing.
contact reporter Allan Seiden, send e-mail to [email protected].