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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Your Kauai View From The Greens

 Your Kauai View from the Greens

Fall is here on Kauai and that means something very special for all of us at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc: The Upcoming Season of Family Time. A special time when kids come home from school and when parents take time off work to pay attention to the important things, like laughter, the warm feeling of the sun, and meeting-up with close Friends… Enjoying each other’s company.

Yes, Fall reminds us to take time to be with the people we care about – and when we think about all the Fun we have helped our guests have over the past 35+ years, we immediately think about the laughs, the memories, and the way Kauai helps bring everyone closer together.

In this Feature story, we share some wonderful ideas for an ultimate golf vacation on Kauai: Your view from the greens! While you read, think about your favorite people in your life. Think about you how much Fun you would have together on Kauai. Then have a look at our Featured Properties and ask yourself:  How soon can I get over to the Garden Island?  :- )

Fall is a great time to start planning your next vacation. Sharing this story and getting your Family and Friends excited about a vacation on one of the most beautiful islands in the world is the next step. :- )  

Let’s take a look at the many things a day on the golf course can mean for you! :- )

Breathtaking Views on the North Shore

Kauai’s North Shore is famous for breathtaking ocean views, shops, beaches and surfing. The North Shore is also where you and your Family can spend hours on the golf course and be amazed by the natural beauty all around you. Let us introduce you to the Prince Golf Course in Princeville.

This stunning golf course combines the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean with beautiful views of Kauai’s Mountains to the north. The multi-million dollar renovation was overseen by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who originally designed this course. The results put this course high on the list of “must-play” locations for avid golfers. 

Named after Prince Albert, son of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, the Prince Golf Course will help you feel like royalty. The award-winning par-72 course is ranked by Golf Digest as the “#1 Golf Course in Hawaii” and “one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Courses.” Golf Week also rates the course among “America’s “Best 100 Resort Courses” and Golf Magazine includes it in the “Top 100 Courses.” 

From the first tee to the 18th green, you will know why this course is a golfer’s dream! Lucky for all of us, there are more great golf courses to explore on the North Shore!

The Makai Golf Club (above) offers one of Hawaii’s premier championship layouts with 27 holes, located at the Princeville Resort.  Also designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Makai opened in 1971 and is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii’s top golf experiences.

The Makai Golf Club was reopened in early 2010 after a wonderful renovation and now consists of two uniquely individual courses. The 18-hole Makai Course incorporates original Lake and Ocean nines, and plays to a par 72 with four sets of tees extending the course to more than 7,200 yards. The signature 7th hole on this course plays to 213 yards from the back tees.  It opens with a difficult tee shot over scenic cliffs onto a green surrounded by sandy bunkers and a backdrop of the mountains and Pacific Ocean.

Sounds like a golfer’s dream, yeah?  : -)

For casual golfers, the 9-hole Woods Course offers a leisurely game in a more relaxed layout. The course winds through the native woodlands of Kauai’s North Shore and provides a Fun, scenic afternoon for everyone. 

In the mood to tighten up your game? The updated facility features 2 large new practice tees, a practice fairway bunker, a short game practice center, and seven target greens. Combined with its knowledgeable staff, the Makai Golf Club is a premier destination for all golfers!

On the South Shore: Experience Poipu!

Poipu Bay Golf Course was home to the PGA Championship from 1994-2006, and is the only course that provides a stunning view of “Mahaulepu,” an undeveloped part of Kauai’s coastline where you get a distant view of rock formations over 5 million years old. This amazing view helps fill your golf day with Fun and Amazement.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (can you tell he knows his golf courses?) –  Poipu Bay Golf Course features 210 oceanfront acres that meander and weave along Kauai’s coastline. Within this course sits 85 bunkers, 5 ‘water hazards,’ and winds that change daily – making each round a unique and individual experience! Combine this with 30 acres of tropical plants, flowers, and coastal views of humpback whales spouting in the distance (during winter months) and we have a golf course that is exceptionally Kauai! Also, the golf carts feature satellite navigation so you never will get lost looking for your ball!

Poipu Bay Golf Course  also has historical and cultural significance. It is designed around ancient places of worship (heiau) and handmade stone walls estimated to be over 500 years old. Golfers may find peace of mind while playing their ball around these special areas. 

Also on the South Shore, The Kiahuna Golf Club offers a newly renovated 18-hole golf course.

Situated in Poipu, it is another amazing course designed by the one and only Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  It too features remnants of an authentic Hawaiian village built into this unique course that also showcases beautiful scenery in a challenging golf environment.

One cool thing about The Kiahuna Golf Club’s website is that it offers tips from their golf pros on how to play each of their holes. Before your trip, visit the site and view the pictures and watch the videos so you’ll have a head start on conquering this challenging course.

After your game, grab your Friends and head to Joe’s on the Green where you can relax and have a nice tropical beverage and share stories about your day on the links.

The East Side: Oceanside Gems

The Kauai Lagoons Golf Club  in Lihue offers 27 holes designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. “The Kiele Course” is an 18-hole course that weaves through mango trees and takes golfers through Kauai’s “Amen Corner.” (That’s an area that once you make it past, folks often say 'amen' and keep going!)

The outward nine boasts the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes on Hawaii. WOW! Look at the photo above. Can you smell the ocean air already? We can!   

The Waikane Nine, also at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, is a more ‘forgiving’ course that is especially suited for juniors and families. At 12 noon you can combine the Waikane Nine with the Kiele Mauka Nine for an affordable 18-hole round of golf.  This is GREAT for Kauai travelers who want to golf and maintain a set budget. Either way, the views and experience of playing this unique course will stay with you long after your visit. : - )

Another great course on the East Side is the Puakea Golf Course with its majestic views of Mount Haupu and the Pacific! 

Designed by one of Hawaii’s most renowned architects, Robin Nelson, this course utilizes deep ravines and mountain water-fed streams to challenge players and surround them in Kauai’s natural beauty splendor! Each round is different at Puakea as the position of the sun, direction of the wind, and course characteristics help you and your Friends have the best day ever. : )

A Quick Piece of Advice for Traveling with Golf Clubs :)

Before you leave for Kauai, check your airline’s policy on golf clubs. Some airlines place limits on checked items and a hard golf case is recommended to protect your clubs. For more useful advice for flying with clubs, visit GolfLink here. Another idea is shipping your clubs to Kauai.

If you prefer to leave your clubs at home, the golf pro shop at Makai Golf Club in Princeville has knowledgeable staff who can assist you in finding a perfect set of clubs for your Golf adventure!

Now That You Know, Let’s Make Time For Family and Friends on Kauai!

WOW! There is sooooo much for golfers to experience on Kauai. And the great news? There is still plenty more to do! While you are on the golf course and after your game, join the Family for splashing in the water, going on a hike, relaxing at the spa, and after the day is done… Enjoy a fun night on the town!

Taking time to create Fun, loving memories with Family and Friends is one of the best things we can do to reward ourselves for our year-long work – and golfing is just one of the many FUN activities to Enjoy on Kauai! So take a moment now to visit our website and browse our 200+ accommodations. We have homes, condos, villas, and cottages that you can have as your very own home away from home – and when you see an accommodation you like, drop us an e-mail by clicking here – or give us a call at 1 (808) 245-8841 or 1 (800) 367-5025 – and we can help get your vacation plans started!

Have a great day – we look forward to seeing you on Kauai!!! :)

Things to See and Do on Kauai in October

Come see an Award Winning Kauai Artist!

The Kauai museum welcomes multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning vocalist and musician, Kauna Torres Kahele, when he gives his second performance on Friday, October 10th.

This performance is part of the museums’ “music on Kauai” series. The event is Free and offers a unique opportunity to experience local Kauai music!

For more info, visit

Come Explore Kauai’s Fine Art Festival

On October 18th, head over to St. Michael’s Church for a Fine Art exhibit featuring work by professional female artists from Kauai. Original prints are available for sale and you will have an opportunity to meet talented local artists and a percentage of the proceeds benefit scholarships for ReSource offerings in the coming year.

The event takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission is Free! For more information, click here!

Come to the International Costume Ball 2014!

On Oct. 25th head to The Kauai Marriot Resort’s Grand Ballroom is home to this year’s Kauai Visayan Club International Costume Ball. What a Fun way to dress up and Enjoy a great Saturday night with dancing and celebration!

Part of the proceeds benefit the great work done by Kauai Habitat for Humanity. Doors open Saturday October 25th at 6 PM and tickets are $65.00 for each adult and $35.00 for children. Come out and have a GREAT time for a GREAT cause on Kauai!  For more information, call (808) 651-6297!

Next Month Thanksgiving on Kauai!

You ready for an extra helping of Imu Turkey? Kauai is filled with gratitude and celebration this year with Thanksgiving, Kauai-style! And we have the upcoming scoop on what to do – coming soon!  :- )

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