Puakea, designed by golf course Architect Robin Nelson cleverly uses the local natural beauty as his landscape, setting his course at the base of the towering Mount Haupu. Puakea treats golfers to the stunning island beauty that is Kauai, playing through deep ravines, crossing mountain fed streams and revealing views of the Pacific Ocean. Robin Nelson had this to say upon completion of his golf course, "Puakea may be the most fun course to play in Hawaii. The course rides up, down and around deep ravines. It has beautiful, pali views on about three-quarters of the course and ocean views for the rest. Each of the holes are distinctly different so you're constantly facing new, interesting challenges." Puakea is 7000 yards of exhilarating golf, using beautiful island flora and fauna, giving a sense that it is in complete harmony with nature. The masterfully designed course clearly conveys the routes golfers should take for textbook pars. However, the more daring golfer will be tempted to achieve glorious birdies for a truly rewarding round of golf.
Poipu Golf Club
Poipu Bay Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., has an ideal location between the beautiful coastline and lush emerald mountains. The course sprawls across 210 acres of tropical flowers and vegetation. The site is the former home to an ancient Hawaiian village, whose remnants have been incorporated into the course. Golfers have the rare opportunity to play next to 500-year-old handmade stone walls. Poipu Bay's links-style layout features firm fairways, 85 bunkers, and five water hazards throughout. There are open fronts that allow the ball to roll onto the putting surface. Water hazards come into play on eight holes. The unpredictable winds are the most challenging element of this course. The final two holes provide a memorable finish. The 17th features an ancient rock formation known as Mahualepu and the last hole is a demanding par 5 with a large pond on the left and a lateral hazard on the right.
The Makai Golf Course in Princeville was Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s first ever solo design. It re-opened in January 2010 after a multi-million dollar renovation by Robert Trent Jones Jr. himself. The renovation reconfigured two 9 hole courses into one beautiful 18 hole course. Improvements include newly reshaped bunkers, two large practice tees and a expanded practice putting green, not to mention all of tee boxes replaced with Seashore Paspalum, a drought resistant grass that is so smooth it feels as if you're putting on carpet. One of the 7223 yard par 72 Makai Course’s signature holes include the challenging Par 3 third, where the tee is about 100 feet above a protected green. Other recognized holes include 7, 13 and 18, where there is an abundance of scenic views of towering mountains, Bali Hai and world-famous Hanalei Bay. Just looking down at the breaking surf below the cliffs will be sure to provide you with an experience you’ll never forget.
Additional non golf course related features of Makai is a newly built, award-winning golf shop which possesses clubs, clothing items and more. The clubhouse also has a large lanai area where the Makai Grill is located, a perfect spot to relax after an enjoyable day of golf.
Hokuala Golf Club
The "Ocean Course" at Hokuala (Formerly known as Kauai Lagoons) is a lush, 750-acre resort carefully secluded in the southeast corner of the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Fairways weave through mango and guava tree forests along imposing ocean cliffs and over promontories high above the harbor. It is said that when legendary golfer and architect Jack Nicklaus created the original Kiele Course in the late 1980's, the terrain lent itself so well to his vision that he made but a single change to his original design. In 2011, Jack Nicklaus was again called upon, this time to redesign the back nine of his famed Kiele course. Included are all new greens, new white silica sand bunkers and three new holes. Arguably the best new feature is an additional ocean hole that is now the centerpiece of what is the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes of any course in Hawaii, now making four fabulous holes which provide over 1/2 mile of unobstructed oceanfront.