Kauai Golf Course Guide

Is there a Kauai Golf Course that you must play? Kauai is home to Hawaii's #1 rated golf course by Golf Digest, Princeville Golf Course. Kauai's Poipu Bay Golf Course is also home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf where Tiger Woods has won a record 7 times.

I say, "If it's good enough for Tiger, it's good enough for me." Besides, Who wouldn't want to be on a Kauai golf vacation?...Teeing off next to the beautiful Pacific Ocean in 80 degree weather?...Especially if the greens at home are under 2 feet of snow.

Sidebar--Kauai golf courses have several different rates. There are:

  • Hawaii resident (kamaaina) rates
  • Non-resident rates which are sometimes further designated by U.S. and non-U.S. citizen rates.

Resident rates are about 50%-70% less than non-resident rates...and non-U.S. citizens will pay more than U.S. residents.

Why?...Mainly because of the large number of visitors from Japan. Golfing in Japan is very expensive (over $400)...so paying $175 in Hawaii seems like a bargain.

Maybe someday this will change, but it's always been like that for as long as I can remember.

TIP--If you are planning on golfing a few times in Hawaii, I recommend looking into the Golf Hawaii Card. Not every course on Kauai participates in the program (but Princeville does) so be sure to check out the details first.

It is a great deal...the cost of the card is usually recovered after the first round of golf. In fact, it was named by GOLF Magazine as one of the five best golf value cards in the nation! Their website is www.HawaiiGolfDeals.com

January 2008 Update--Princeville is no longer part of the program...in fact, Wailua Municipal Golf Course is the only one in the program. The Golf Hawaii Card doesn't provide any value on Kauai at this time...but this may change in the future. Check back or subscribe to my free monthly e-zine.

Princeville Golf Course

Princeville Golf Course-Kauai

This Kauai golf course is located on the north shore in Princeville. Some of its impressive designations include: Golf Digest's #1 in "Top Courses in State of Hawaii" and #39 in America's "Top 100 Greatest Courses"...Golf Week's #14 in "America's Best Resort Golf Courses". Impressed? It is truly a beautiful golf course.

Princeville is actually comprised of two great courses:

  • The Prince Course, an 18-hole links style course
  • The Makai Course which is comprised of three nine- hole courses: The Ocean nine, the Lakes nine, and the Woods nine.

  • Designer--Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
  • Cost--Prince Course: $175 or $130 for hotel guests. Makai Course: $125 or $105 for hotel guests.
  • Website--www.princeville.com
  • Phone--(808) 826-1105

Kauai Lagoons Golf Club

Kauai Lagoons Golf Course

This Kauai golf course is located on the windward (east) shore in Lihue. It has two 18 hole courses:

  • The Kiele Course--Ranked "Gold Medal" by Golf Digest
  • The Mokihana Course--A links style course rated by Golf Magazine as one of the ten most playable courses in America, it is the easier of the two courses.

  • Designer--Jack Nicklaus
  • Cost--Kiele Course: $195 or $140 for Kauai Marriot Resort guests; Mokihana Course: $120 or $80 for Kauai Marriot Resort guests.
  • Website--www.kauailagoonsgolf.com
  • Phone--(808) 241-6000

2007 Update--The golf course is under renovation so parts of it will be closed periodically.

Poipu Bay Golf Course

Poipu Bay Golf Course - photo by AP

This Kauai golf course is located on the south shore in Poipu. It is considered an ocean-links style course.

It was awarded "Gold Medal Award" Top 18 in the Nation by Golf Magazine. Golf Digest ranks it as one of Top 10 courses in Hawaii. Conde Nast put it on their "Gold List," rated #1 for service and overall experience.

Since 1994, it has been host to the Grand Slam of Golf. This tournament brings together the winners of the four majors on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods has won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf a record 7 times.

  • Designer--Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
  • Cost--$200 or $135 for Grand Hyatt Kauai Hotel guests
  • Website--www.poipubaygolf.com
  • Phone--(800) 858-6300

Kiahuna Golf Course

This Kauai golf course is located in Koloa on the south shore. Kiahuna Golf Course used to be owned by an overseas company, but has since been bought by a local company. Their rates are some of the best on Kauai and Hawaii.

  • Designer--Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
  • Cost--$95
  • Website--www.kiahunagolf.com
  • Phone--(800) 742-9595

Puakea Golf Course

Puakea Golf Course - photo by John Byrne

This Kauai golf course is the island's newest member. It is located in Lihue on the windward (east) side.

Until 2004, it operated as a 9-hole course...It was supposed to be a 18-hole course, but was never completed. Then Steve Case, the founder of AOL, bought the land and finished the course.

Now, it is a great deal to golf on Kauai and has become quite popular with locals.

  • Designer--Robin Nelson
  • Cost--$135
  • Website--www.puakeagolf.com
  • Phone--(808) 245-8756 or (866) 773-5554

Wailua Golf Course

Wailua Golf Course - A cheap Kauai golf course

This is one of Hawaii's best courses...and it just happens to be a municipal course. It was voted by Golf Digest as one of Hawaii's Best 15 Golf Courses.

It is very cheap and thus, can be very hard to get tee times. It is located on the windward side in Wailua.

  • Designer--Toyo Shirai
  • Cost--$32 (without cart)
  • Website--www.kauai.gov/golf
  • Phone--(808) 241-6666

If you are interested in Kauai Golf Vacations or Kauai Golf Packages, contact a travel agent who knows Hawaii and knows the golf courses...ME!

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