The acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club’s Ocean Course, opened in 1998 and redesigned in 2011, features the longest continuous stretch of ocean front holes of any golf course in Hawaii, providing an amazing half-mile of breathtaking ocean vistas.
The resort golf course on the sunny side of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua’i in Lihue, Kaua’i allows for a year round golf season. Located adjacent to the Lihue Airport, the property offers exclusive access to the airport via a private road.
In May 2011, Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club, which has received a number of awards from various publications, reopened its newly renovated back nine and restored the celebrated Ocean Course golf experience to the Hawaii golf scene. Under the direction of original course designer Jack Nicklaus, the course’s back nine received extensive upgrades, including new TifEagle putting surfaces, bunkers and three new holes.
Kellie Hines serves as the Head Golf Professional at the club. A lifelong resident of Kaua’i, Hines was the first female pro to serve on the Aloha PGA Board in the state of Hawaii.
The Ocean Course is full of great holes. Nicklaus has called the 219-yard, par-three fifth “one of the best holes anywhere.” The fifth is uniquely Hawaiian, playing over a mango tree forest and framed by mountains in the distance. The trade winds normally assist the tee shot by one club and there is a bail out area to the right of the green. If you happen to leave one in the forest, a drop area at the back right of the green is provided.
The finisher is a 459-yard, par-four that is a real toughie. A good tee shot is required to have a chance to go at the green in two. Add one to three clubs, depending upon the strength of the wind, for the second shot. If laying up, deduct 95 yards to compute the distance to the lagoon. The hole is a great test of golfing skills and a perfect finale for a spectacular golf course.