Kauai - The Garden Island

It's no secret to those who have been to the island of Kaua'i that it truly is a tropical paradise.  I came across this article published in 'Nevada Fairways 18' magazine introducing Kaua'i to their readers...

The island of Kaua'i has long been known for its tranquility and rejuvenation.  But after a two-year span that has seen many of its golf course resorts undergo substantial enhancement projects, the Garden Isle is beginning to draw more and more travelers with golf clubs in tow.  GOLF Magazine's biennial 2012 Best Courses You Can Play list was released earlier this month and Kaua'i courses held four of the top eight spots in the state rankings for Hawaii.  The newly renovated Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club is the No. 1-ranked course in Hawaii and also landed at No. 16 on the magazine's "Top-100 Courses You Can Play list.  Following the Prince Course in the state rankings are Makai Golf Club at Princeville at No. 5, Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club at No. 7, Poipu Bay Golf Club at No. 8 and Puakea Golf Course at No. 17.

The Prince Course at Princeville rose from No. 22 in 2010 to its current No. 16 raking in the Top-100 after completing a 15-month renovation program in March.  In addition, Kaua'i Lagoons Golf Club, located next to the Kaua'i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, soared from No. 18 in the 2010 "Best-Of" state rankings to No. 7 this year, after opening the new Kiele Moana (Ocean) Course in May, a course that offers the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes in all of Hawaii.  Makai Golf Club at Princeville - which completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2010 - improved three spots.

Poipu Bay Golf Club, the former home of the PGA Grand Slam and an amenity of the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa, re-opened in December 2010 to rave reviews after installing the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum turf on all greens.  Puakea Golf Course is annually included among Hawaii's best courses in national rankings and is situated at the base of towering Mount Haupu, providing striking views of the land where the blockbuster motion picture Jurassic Park was filmed.