(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Kaua’i golf courses are offering special summer rates, allowing golfers of all ages the opportunity to experience the many enhancements and expansions recently completed at the resorts and courses on the “Garden Isle.”
Makai Golf Club’s Nine, Wine & Dine Special: For $100, guests can play an afternoon round of nine holes (after 3 p.m.) at Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort and also receive a $50 gift card for use at one of the resort’s restaurants, bars or at the celebrated Halele’a Spa. For more information call 1.808.826.1912 or visit www.makaigolf.com.
Junior Golfer Special at Poipu Bay Golf Course: Golfers age 17 and under can play the former PGA Grand Slam of Golf host course for 50% off the adult rate, any time of day. After 4 p.m., junior golfers play for free if walking the course with an accompanying adult ($10 fee for the adult). For more information call 1-800-858-6300 or visit www.poipubaygolf.com.
Ho’okipa Special $79 Rate at Puakea Golf Course: For $79, golfers receive 18 holes of golf at this local gem and rental clubs, practice balls at the range and a complimentary rider may join them. Also, junior golfers ages 7 to 17 play for free when accompanied by a paying adult (through Sept. 30, 2011). For more information call 1.808.245.8756 or visit www.puakeagolf.com.
Member for a Week Program at Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club: Golfers can enjoy unlimited play for a week at the new Kiele Moana (Ocean) Course, which opened in May and features the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii. Week-long memberships cost $495 and include engraved bag tag, logo shirt, club storage and a complimentary 30-minute private or semi-private lesson. For more information call 1.800.634.6400 or visit www.kauailagoonsgolf.com.
Newly Refurbished Princeville Prince Course Set to Re-Open This Fall
The extensive renovation project at the acclaimed Prince Golf Course at Princeville Resort on Kaua’i’s north shore is on target to be completed in October. The Prince Course closed in January to begin the project.
“The extensive work we’re overseeing at the Prince will restore its stature as one of the world’s best courses,” said renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones II, the original course designer. “Essentially, we’re giving the Prince the royal treatment that it deserves.”
Among other things, the Prince renovation is reclaiming fairways and tranquil streams that have been narrowed or hidden by encroaching rainforest, remodeling bunkers, and resurfacing greens and restoring them to their original shapes.
The Tavern Restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi, which opened last summer, has remained open during the project, as has the expansive Prince golf shop. In addition, the Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort, which just completed an enhancement project of its own last year, is also open and available for tee times.
For more information, call 1.800.826.1105 or visit www.princeville.com.
More news and notes from Kaua’i:
The Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa completed its major guestroom revamp in May. All of the 602 guestrooms now feature new furniture, décor and bathrooms. To celebrate the renovation and its 20th anniversary, the resort is offering a 20 Years of Sunshine on Sale package where guests receive a fifth night free, breakfast buffet for two, $20 resort credit per night and 20% off at Anara Spa and Poipu Bay Golf Course. For more information, call 1-800-55-HYATT or www.grandhyattkauai.com.
Seth Miller, superintendent for Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort, was named “Superintendent of the Year” by Troon Golf in its annual “Best of the Best” awards. The announcement was made at the 2011 Troon Golf Leadership Conference in Arizona. Said Makai Golf Club General Manager Alex Nakajima of the award, “We are thrilled to have Seth recognized in this way. We know we have an incredibly strong, hard-working staff, and to have one of our team members honored on a national level makes us all very proud.”
About “Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green”
Kaua’i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches — more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. Only four percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use.
For more information about golf on the Garden Isle visit www.kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing/, www.twitter.com/kauaiGolf, or call 800-262-1400.
The unique attributes of the golf destination cooperative “Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green” include:
1. Princeville Golf Courses (www.princeville.com)
45 holes of golf — the 27-hole Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort and the 18-hole Prince Golf Course — all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The Prince Course (800.826.1105) is rated the No. 1 course in the state and was rated No. 67 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2009-10.” It is currently undergoing a refurbishment project and will be closed until the fall.
The Makai Golf Club (www.makaigolf.com, 808.826.1912) reopened in 2010 after an extensive 15-month renovation and now features the 18-hole Makai Course and the 9-hole Woods Course
The St. Regis Princeville Resort completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and opened the first week of October 2009
2. Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400)
Voted, along with Kaua’i Marriott Resort, one of the “Top 50 Resort Courses” worldwide by GolfWorld magazine in its “2009 Readers’ Choice Awards”
The Kiele Moana (Ocean) Course – which features the longest stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii – made its debut in May as part of a major refurbishment project that will eventually entail 27 Jack Nicklaus signature holes
The front nine holes feature the par-3 fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
3. Poipu Bay Golf Course (www.poipubaygolf.com, 800.858.6300)
Along with Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa, Poipu Bay was honored by Conde Nast Traveler as of the top resorts for golf in the U.S. from 2000 through 2010
Named to Golfweek’s Best-in-State rankings for Hawaii (2010, 2009, 2007, 2006)
Four closing holes play atop a 150-foot sea cliff
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
Course re-opened in December following a renovation project, highlighted by the installation of the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens
4. Puakea Golf Course (www.puakeagolf.com, 866.773.5554)
Consistently rated a favorite among Kaua’i golfers in local media outlets and ranked as the No. 15 course in Hawaii by Golfweek.
Golf Course Architect Robin Nelson used the natural layout of the land when he planned this layout, testing golfers of all levels and treating them to beautiful views of Mt. Ha’upu and deep lush ravines on several holes.
Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case
About the KVB and HVCB
The Kaua’i Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is contracted by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawai’i’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawai’i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawai’i’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.