Spotlight: Puakea Golf Club


Paradise.  Heaven on Earth.  Rugged.  Lush.  Tropical.  Must Visit.

Just a few words that describe Hawaii.

Those same words can also be applied to the islands’ golf courses.

The story of Puakea Golf Course stopped before it even began.  In 1992, Hurricane Iniki hit the islands and brought construction to a standstill.  But golf prevailed and five years later 10 amazing holes were opened to the public.  

Sports Illustrated labeled it one of America’s “Best Nine-Hole Courses” stating Puakea “is too spectacular to keep off our list … dramatic in the extreme, the course offers fabulous views of the Pacific and is built amid volcanic cliffs, massive ravines, giant sinkholes and lush tropical undergrowth.”

Couldn’t have said it any better ourselves.


In 2002, architect Robin Nelson was brought back to finish his design and seamlessly added the final eight holes to what has become a perennial main stay on many top lists of “must-play” courses.

Meandering through 200-plus acres of what was once a sugar cane plantation, Puakea fully embraces the majesty of Kauai.  The 18-hole, 6,954-yard, par-72 layout treats locals and visitors to amazing vistas and some pretty darn good golf.  The course typifies the Aloha Spirit – the attitude of friendly acceptance and a powerful way to resolve any problem.  Generous fairways framed by bunkers provide the right balance of comfort and intimidation while gently-contoured, well-guarded greens place an emphasis on accuracy and club selection.

And if the surrounding terrain and jungles look familiar, you might have seen them before, even if you’ve never been to Hawaii.  Puakea is set at the foot of the scenic Haupu Ridge, the filming location for a little movie called “Jurassic Park.”  Don’t worry though, no T-Rexes here.

Minutes from the Lihue Airport, Kauai’s main airport, Puakea Golf Course is easy to get to no matter which island you are staying on.  So next time you visit Hawaii, be sure to check out Puakea, home to some breathtaking views and even better golf.

Head to Puakea’s website for more information. 

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