Puakea 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
," Robin Nelson - Golf Course Architect.

This former Grove Farm sugar plantation opened up 18 holes in 2003 to rave reviews. The course was in the middle of construction when Hurricane Iniki slammed into it in 1992, rearranging the greens from what golf designer Robin Nelson had originally planned. The first 9 (actually the first 10) holes finally opened in 1997 to many kudos; Sports Illustrated named it one of the 10 best 9-hole golf courses in the U.S. The final 8 holes are now open, giving golfers something to think about. The course opens with a fairly standard first couple of holes, and just when you think you have nothing to worry about, you get to the third tee. Now you see the evidence of Nelson's work and the time he spent playing the first 10 holes numerous times. He offers golfers this advice on number three: "The fairway is really wide, and the difficulty of your second shot is really affected by which side of it you're on, because you've got to angle your shot over a lake. Hit your tee shot to the right and you've got a good shot, hit it to the left and it's almost impossible."

This brief video which provides an intro to Puakea Golf Course and the island of Kauai, check it out:

Quick Stats and Information:
Number of Holes: 18
Open to the public: Yes
Price range: $50-$100 (depending on time and season)
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Driving range: Yes
Restaurant: Yes

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