Ho`olaule`a – Celebrating 38 Years with a Kauai Golf & Relaxation Tour!
Funny how so much has changed over the years – and even more impressive… how some things just keep getting better!
That’s right! Thirty-eight marks the beginning of another great milestone for your Friends here on Kauai. Thirty-eight years of assisting guests in planning their dream vacations. Thirty-eight years of meeting new Friends from around the world – who return year after year to stay with us again. Thirty-eight years of watching their Families grow up and meeting the new Friends they bring to Kauai! And thirty-eight years of our expanding, heart-felt gratitude for making our company known as “the only way to go when coming to Kauai.”
Thank you for all the great memories and especially for all the new ones that are coming! As we “Ho`olaule`a” (celebrate) our 38th year of business we are excited to share with you our 2015 Kauai Golf & Relaxation Guide. It is true: every day is a GREAT time to be on Kauai and now is a great time to plan this year’s holiday vacation. So while you read make sure to close your eyes and see yourself outdoors breathing in fresh tropical air, chillaxing under the bright sky, and strolling along a white sandy beach in between swimming, snorkeling, and centering yourself in Paradise!
Seasons are changing all over the world and here on Kauai, today is another beautiful day waiting for you to explore. With flights leaving your local airport and landing at Lihue Airport every day, let’s help you get excited about being on the next one – starting with a tour of Kauai’s amazing golf courses!
The Ultimate Guide to Golf and Relaxation on Kauai: World-Class Courses and Breath-Taking Scenery!
This is the “GolfBoard,” which is developed in part by well known Hawaii big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. The idea is to add more adrenaline to your round of golf while speeding up the pace of play and attracting more young people to the sport. The fun, battery-operated machine enables surfers to "surf the earth" between shots on an impressively agile set of four wheels.
World-Class Golf at The Makai Golf Club
Makai Golf Club rents new Callaway golf clubs for men, women, and juniors looking to play a great course with great equipment. Spend a few days mastering your game amidst scenic cliffs, tranquil lakes, native forests, and spectacular coastline views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay. If you’re ready to get your vacation plans started, click here!
Travel Tip #1: The Makai provides an excellent challenge to golfers of all skill levels with its unique terrain and turf. For casual golfers who prefer a leisurely round with Friends and Family, try the 9-hole Woods course! It has a fun and relaxed layout, winding through the native woodlands of Kauai’s North Shore. Makai Golf Club also has a practice tee, fairway bunker, target greens, and short game practice complex. Come and play one of golf’s “Top Five Most Scenic Courses,” according to National Geographic’s Traveler magazine.
Tip #2: For Friends who would rather “chillax” than golf, The Makai Grill offers a perfect hangout spot. Enjoy a delicious lunch and sip tropical beverages while Friends Enjoy their game. Breakfast is served from 7 AM to 11 AM with options that include an omelet of your choice, fruit smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch is served from 11 AM to 4 PM with tasty items including a Turkey Cheddar Wrap, the Makai Burger, Classic BLT, Club Sandwiches, and more!
Breathtaking Scenery and Challenging Golf on the South Shore
The Kiahunua Golf Club is an amazing golf course and the official site has an introduction video by Matt Torey, head golf pro, who introduces the course and shows a great aerial flyover video. To see the clip, click here!
Need another reason to come? The Kiahuna Golf course has a gentle balance of scenic beauty and challenging golf – and the course’s official site is full of helpful information. Select “The Course” from the website’s top menu and you’ll see a layout of each hole. There are also links to golf tips for each hole and a look inside the pro shop.
Excited? Awesome! We look forward to seeing you at Kiahuna!
9 Holes on Kalaheo Golf Course Are Fun and Accessible!
The course measures 2,981 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 113 and a 70 USGA rating. It also has 2 sets of tees for different skill levels, with greens and fairways grown from Bermuda grass.
Players on Yelp! have said it is the “Best golf value on the island--$9 for a 9-hole round!! Totaled out at $100 for rentals, balls, tees, carts, and the round, plus a whole lotta fun for all four of us---yes--four!! Played there many times, and can't remember ever having a better time on a course.” The small, 9-hole course is settled nicely in the hills above Kalaheo town, near Koloa. It was originally built as the private course of sugar king, Walter McBride.
Tip #6: Today, Kukuiolono is a public course perfect for beginners or a quick round. McBride, who had over 180 acres of land to his name, donated the course to Kauai in 1919. Golfers can give their “Aloha” to his final resting place near the 8th tee.
Tip #7: Near the golf course, there is Kukuiolono Park, which is perfect for guests who want to explore while others golf! :- )
There is a newly renovated Japanese garden to stroll through, with fountains, statues, and bonsai trees. See garden paths leading to a collection of Hawaiian lava rocks and a newly constructed meditation pavilion. This photo is an ancient stone from the garden!
You can also run/jog on one of the many paved paths and hike trails that showcase the Eucalyptus forest and ironwood trees. You might even see whales in the distance, right from the park!
Sound fun? We think so too! For an ideal day of golfing and spending time outdoors, learn more about Kukuiolono Park here! And, for a video tour of this course, check out this link - Kukuiolono Golf Tour.
Kauai Lagoons – a “Nicklaus-Designed Course” on the East Side!
The Kauai Lagoons official site has more information and there is no fee to set a tee time online. Kauai Lagoons also has a driving range and putting green available to all golfers. Be sure to have a look at the site’s “Outings” and “Improve” sections. Ready to play Mr. Nicklaus’s course? We will see you on the links!
Tip #9: Puakea is open to the public as a daily fee course and is more economical than other courses on the island. It is built on over 200 acres of historic property, which was formerly a sugarcane plantation. As you play, you see volcanic cliffs, huge ravines, and plush tropical vegetation! Following an extensive renovation in 2003, there is also a state-of-the-art practice facility, complete with a driving range, putting green, and ample short-game practice area.
Tip #10: If you are looking for more ways of exploring Kauai while your golfers Enjoy their rounds, check out the Royal Coconut Coast for shopping, spas, and historic sight-seeing. You can go to the roadside lookout and see Opaekaa Falls, one of the island’s most accessible waterfalls. You can also rent a kayak and take a tour of the Wailua River! There are all kinds of FUN things to see and do on Kauai’s East Side!
Enjoy the Princess Ka’iulani Keiki (Kids) Festival!
The FUN culminates with the Princess’s Birthday Party in Sparky’s Garden at the Storybook Theater. This is a Family-friendly event so come on out and join us! For more information, click here.
Indulge Your Senses at the Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival!
Our mouths are watering just writing the headline for this next event! If you love chocolate and if you love coffee – this is a festival for you!
Come on out for the inaugural Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival on Friday, October, 23rd, 2015 from 10 AM to 9 PM – and on Saturday, October 24th, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The festival is happening in historic Hanapepe and features all kinds of chocolate and coffee sampling. See workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, and exhibitions surrounding these delightful treats – and meet local farmers who cultivate the world famous coffee and cocoa beans.
Next Month We Celebrate Thanksgiving – the Kauai Way!
Golf is one of the many FUN activities to Enjoy on Kauai and we invite you to come stay with us in Paradise! Visit our website today and browse 200+ accommodations. Oceanfront homes with a view, condos on the Royal Coconut Coast, golf-adjacent villas, and cozy cottages are our specialty – and we always look forward to seeing you.
If you have any questions, drop us an e-mail by clicking here and give us a call at 1 (808) 245-8841 or 1 (800) 367-5025. Have a great day!