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By Tom Landers | Published  10/17/2006 | California | Unrated
Kaua‘i golf is otherworldly

Expect the exceptional and jaw-dropping on the Garden Isle

There’s playing golf, then there’s playing golf on the island of Kaua‘i.

The first can be sporty, relaxing, fun, competitive, challenging, healthy, even spiritual… all the things golfers love about the game.

Playing golf in Kaua‘i, however, is an otherworldly experience. It is, to use an analogy, like playing in a pro-am event with a PGA or LPGA Tour player, then going back to your normal weekly game with your regular group – you still enjoy the golf and company but the excitement factor and titillation are acutely missing.

At the heart of Kaua‘i is a clutch of golf properties which have banded together under the brand tagline Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green.

This is no idle boast, one quickly discovers.

Four acclaimed resorts and golf properties – Princeville, Poipu Bay, Kaua‘i Lagoons and Puakea – offer a combined 117 golf holes. Throw in unspoiled beauty on an island of which only 3 percent is developed, sandy beaches tucked around the shimmering turquoise ocean, too many after-golf attractions to list and you’ve got paradise – for the golfer and non-golfer alike.
Then there are the world-renowned resorts affiliated with the golf clubs listed above. They are Princeville Resort, Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club (Kaua‘i Lagoons) and Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa (Poipu Bay).

Annually recognized by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazine readers as among the best in the world, they provide luxurious options, extraordinary service, a culinary cornucopia and spectacular scenery.

The critical acclaim and unique attributes of the four golf properties which comprise “Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green” include:

1. Princeville at Hanalei (, 800.826.1105)

• Home to Golf Digest’s No. 63 rated course in “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses/2005-06” (Prince Course)

• 45 holes of golf – the 27-hole Makai nines and the 18-hole Prince – all designed by Robert Trent Jones II

• Overlooks exquisitely beautiful Hanalei Bay

2. Poipu Bay Golf Course (, 800.858.6300)

• Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf

• Its Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa rated No. 32 in Golf Digest’s “Sublime 75: America’s Greatest Golf Resorts/2004-05”

• Four closing holes rise 150-feet to a red sea cliff

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/2005-06” (Kiele Course)

• 36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus (Kiele and Mokihana courses)

• Features multiple spine-tingling ocean holes

4. Puakea Golf Club (, 866.773.5554)

• Kaua‘i’s newest 18-hole course, unveiled in 2003

• Owned by AOL Founder Steve Case

• Adjacent to lush site where Steven Spielberg filmed “Jurassic Park”

Each of these golf clubs is offering special rates and packages in 2006. They include:

• Kaua‘i Golf Challenge: Poipu Bay, Princeville and Kaua‘i Lagoons are teaming to offer this package, which provides a round of golf at Poipu Bay, the Kiele Course at Kaua‘i Lagoons and the Prince Course at Princeville. Includes green fees, shared cart, use of the driving range and other course amenities for $390 per person (including tax).  The three rounds are non-transferable and must be used by December 31, 2006.

Reservations and information:, 800.826.1105, 800.858.6300, 800.634.6400

• Kaua‘i Ultimate Golf Challenge: For golfers craving more, add a fourth round at the acclaimed, Robin Nelson-designed Puakea Golf Course, Kiahuna or the highly enjoyable Mokihana course at Kaua‘i Lagoons (Jack Nicklaus design) for $470 per person including tax.

Reservations and information:, 800.826.1105, 866.773.5554, 800.858.6300, 800.634.6400, 808.742.9595

• Poipu Bay Golf Course’s “Grand Slam Package” includes green fees, shared golf cart, use of the GPS (global positioning system) and driving range, and three rounds at Poipu Bay for $360 plus tax. For guests staying at the adjacent Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, the package is offered at $300 plus tax. The package price represents a substantial savings off the single-round green fee at Poipu Bay, which is $125 for Grand Hyatt guests and $185 for non-Hyatt guests. Once purchased, the Grand Slam Package is nontransferable and nonrefundable. The package is available through December 19, 2006. All three rounds must be completed within 10 days after date of purchase., 800.858.6300

• Poipu Bay is offering two “Prepaid Golf Packages” for 2006, providing discounts to individuals who pre-purchase five or 10 rounds of golf. The five-round package price is $550, representing a savings of $375 over the standard per-round green fee of $185. The 10-round package price is $1,000, a savings of $850 over the standard per-round green fee. Additional savings are offered to guests who are staying at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa. Each golfer’s Prepaid Golf card will be kept on file at the Poipu Bay Golf Shop for easy access and check-in for their rounds. All rounds of golf on the Prepaid Packages must be used within 30 days of payment, and the packages are nontransferable and nonrefundable., 800.858.6300    

• Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club’s 2006 Golf Package rates are Garden View/$360, Pool View/$410, Partial Ocean/$460 and Ocean View/$510. Package includes room, one round of golf on either of the courses at Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club (Mokihana or Kiele; unlimited at either or the same course and plus tax)., 800.634.6400

• Princeville at Hanalei  is offering the Tease For Two package, which is designed for two people – one who wants to enjoy a round of golf and one who would prefer to luxuriate with a massage at the Princeville Health Club & Spa, situated in the Prince Golf Course clubhouse. The package can also be used by an individual who wants to enjoy golf and a massage, or – with the purchase of two packages – a couple can indulge in a round of golf and a massage for each of them. The golf and spa services do not have to take place on the same day. Tease for Two includes one 18-hole round of golf on the Prince or Makai courses, including shared cart, bottled water, same-day use of practice facility and a souvenir logo ball; a 50-minute massage at the spa with a choice of aromatherapy, lomi lomi, shiatsu, sports or Swedish massage therapies; and a day pass for both individuals to use the spa facilities, including private locker, exercise classes, weight room, 25-meter lap pool, outdoor whirlpool, dry sauna and steam room. Price for the package, for one or two people, is $199 for play on the Makai Course or $249 for the Prince Course. Prices include sales tax and a 12% service charge for the massage. This package is valid through December 31 2006; some blackout dates may apply., 800.826.1105

• The Princeville courses  also offer two Multi-Day Golf Packages that provide a substantial savings on green fees for golfers who want to play the courses more than once. The first is a combination package that allows play on just the Prince or both the Prince and Makai courses: 3 rounds in 5 days are offered for $395, 5 rounds in 7 days for $625 and 7 rounds in 10 days for $855. The second package is for play on the Makai Course only: 3 rounds in 5 days are offered for $340, 5 rounds in 7 days for $550 and 7 rounds in 10 days for $750. The standard green fee for a single 18-hole round at the Makai Course is $125, and at the Prince Course the standard green fee is $175. These Multi-Day packages are valid through December 31, 2006. Additional discounts are available on the Multi-Day packages for guests of the Princeville Hotel and other hotels and condos located at Princeville at Hanalei., 800.826.1105
After-golf options include delving into Kaua‘i’s history, heritage and culture, along with boat tours, beaches, zip lines,  ATV Tours,  botanical gardens, helicopter tours, snorkeling and scuba-diving, kayaking, hiking and much more.

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