Puakea Golf Course
The Puakea Golf Course is Kauai's newest 18-hole golf course. When Hurricane Iniki hit Kauai in 1992, construction on this Kauai golf course came to a halt. In 1997, the course was able to open its infamous 10 holes. This is why Puakea has the odd distinction of being named one of America's “Best Nine-Hole Courses” by Sports Illustrated. In 2002, architect Robin Nelson was finally brought back to finish the final eight.
Nelson blended in the new holes, No. 1 through 5, 9 through 10, and No. 14, providing stunning views wherever possible. More importantly, he set up the holes to optimise shot-making in the prevailing trade winds. As a result, no two holes play the same way and only one hole plays into the trades: the par-3 at No. 4. Six ponds set amid lush foliage give the layout much of its character.
If you feel like you're in Jurassic Park, it's because Puakea is set at the foot of scenic Haupu Ridge, where much of the film was shot. Located along the western edge of Lihue and just 10 minutes from Kauai's main airport, Puakea is a favourite amongst local golfers and continues to build its reputation with visitors attracted to the three preeminent, and more famous, Kauai resort courses.
Daily Fee | 18 Holes | Par 72
Course Architect: Robin Nelson
Club Rentals, Driving Range, Pro Shop, and Restaurant
4150 Nuhou St.
Lihue, HI 96766
phone: (808) 245-8756
toll-free: (808) 773-5554
fax: (808) 246-8537