Hawaii Guide

Kauai Golf Courses Kauai

Kauai Golf Courses, Top Rated


Kauai's golf courses provide a wonderful environment in which to play a round of golf. Enjoy the scenery while having a round of golf with the ocean and mountain ranges visible from many of the island's courses. Prices range from under $10 to pushing $200 at the top end of the market. Some golf courses have strict dress requirements the Princeville is particularly noted for this. Discounts for guests at resorts are available at some courses and prices often drop after midday. Check whether carts are included in the rates or not.

Golfing the North Coast

The Makai Course
Princeville Resort
Tel: 1 808 826 3580
With the Makai Course, golfers can choose eighteen holes from three sets of nine holes called the Ocean, the Lakes and the Woods. The most popular option is the combination of the Ocean and the Lakes, as the Woods can get a bit windy. The Ocean is the most difficult of the three but it is the most interesting do not let the spectacular views of the shoreline distract you from your game! This is one of the golf courses on Kauai that were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Private lessons and club rental are available.

The Prince Course
Princeville Resort
Tel: 1 808 826 5070
This another Robert Trent Jones course and is considered by some to be the top course in Hawaii. It is a challenging course in a spectacular setting not to be missed by serious golfers. The rolling hills, cliffs and gorges are incorporated into the course design to create natural hazards. The clubhouse is pretty impressive and there are discounts for locals and guests at the Princeville Hotel.

Golfing the East Coast

Kauai Lagoons
Marriot Resort
Kalapaki Beach, Lihue
Tel: 1 808 241 6000
There are two courses at Kauai Lagoons: Kiele golf course and Mokihana golf course.

Kiele Course :
This is the more challenging of the two courses at the Marriot and is considered second only to the Prince course at the Princeville resort. Both the courses were designed by Jack Nicklaus with the Kiele opening a year after the Mokihana Course. There is a particularly wonderful view of the ocean from the sixteenth hole as it carves its way inland.

Mokihana Course:
This Kauai golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1989. It is cheaper than the Kiele and less well maintained. While this is the inferior of the two courses at the Marriot, it is still worth a visit.

Puakea Golf Course
Nawiliwili Road, Lihue
Tel: 1 808 245 8756
This is the newest of Kauai's golf courses and has clubs for rent. The course is windy and has a backdrop of a mountain rather than the ocean but it is nevertheless an interesting course. The course has now has eighteen holes but for some time it was restricted to ten holes due to devastation caused by Hurricane Iniki.

Wailua Municipal Golf Course
Kuhio Highway (Highway 56), Lihue
Tel: 1 808 241 6666
The course is situated on the area of the Coconut Coast next to Nukolii Beach. It used to be rated highly but it deteriorated in the 1990s due to poor maintenance. However recently standards have improved considerably and the golf course is enjoying a revival. The course is long but not particularly challenging. However its location along the cliffs overlooking the ocean on Kauai's Coconut Coast means that losing your ball in the sand or the sea is a real possibility! The facilities are basic but serviceable. Clubs can be rented here and golf partners can be found for those on their own.

Golfing the South Coast

Kiahuna Golf Club
Kiahuna Plantation Drive, Koloa
Tel: 1 808 742 9595
This course has not been as well maintained as Robert Trent Jones' other courses on Kauai, and has been allowed to lapse from its original glory. The course includes sites of historic interest such as a heiau (an old Hawaiian temple built from rocks) and the remains of Polynesian house. It is a short 18 hole course designed in a Scottish links style however that does not necessarily mean a short game. Some of the holes are quite challenging and you have the constant wind to contend with. The eighth hole has the best views over the coastline and the ocean.

Kukuiolono Golf Course
Papalina Road, Kalaheo
Tel: 1 808 332 9151
The Kukuilono golf course is the cheapest course and was donated to the public by a sugar magnate on his death in 1919. It has nine holes and clubs can be rented. This is a good course for beginners with few hazards. There is a lovely little Japanese garden near the eighth tee where Mr McBryde, the donor of the course, is buried.

Poipu Bay Golf Course
2250 Ainako Street (opposite the Hyatt Regency Resort), Koloa
Tel: 1 808 742 8711
This course is very open and covers 210 acres on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Its ocean side location offers the most amazing views, particularly from holes 15 to 17. During the winter you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a whale. On the whole, this golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr is well maintained and cared for.