Princeville’s Makai Golf Club course has a total of 27 holes laid out along a pali (steep hillside) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Hanalei Bay. The entire course offers spectacular views of ocean or mountains that are frequently laced with waterfalls.
The Club underwent a complete redesign and renovation in 2010. People familiar with its original three 9-hole courses will find the former Ocean and Lakes 9-holes now united and redesigned into championship 18-hole course. The Woods remains as a popular and challenging nine-hole course.
The original Makai Club course designer was Robert Trent Jones Jr. and he returned to bring his talent back to the Makai Club in this redesign. The Makai’s 18-hole course’s signature hole is its par-3 third hole. Overlooking the jewel of Hanalei Bay, golfers are challenged by an elevated tee that plays to a water-protected green 100 feet below.
The ocean provides a water hazard for two holes on the course, something many golfers enjoy in their island golf experience. On the Makai Club course a unique feature that is often photographed is the wildlife. Its man-made water hazards are favorite gathering spots for nene, the rare Hawaiian goose recently near extinction but now beginning to thrive on Kauai an a few other islands.
To learn more about the course or schedule tee times go to the Makai Club's website
With unrivalled beauty and great design, the Makai Club at Princeville is a rewarding experience for golfers travelling to Kauai.