Princeville is built around golf. In collaboration with nature, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed 45 of the most beautiful tropical holes of golf in the world: The Makai Course and the Prince Course. Architect Jones said,
'In all the world, I never expect to find a more spectacularly beautiful place to build a golf course than Princeville, overlooking Hanalei Bay!'
The Prince Course is the true golfer's dream. Golf Digest ranks The Prince Course #1 in Hawaii. From the back tees, it is Hawaii's most challenging golf course with a USGA course rating of 75.3 and a 145 slope. Spread out over 390 acres directly on the Pacific Ocean, this world famous course winds up and down hills, through jungles, along clear streams, and over deep ravines. The Prince Course just completed a multi-million dollar update under the guidance of famed course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and owner, The Montage Group, an organization dedicated to the ne plus ultra of lodging and recreation.
After a complete re-design under the direction of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., The Makai Course (formerly Ocean & Lakes) 18 holes is in championship shape, with new traditional sand bunkers, lengthened, all new greens, fairways, tee boxes, all new carts, pro shop, and more coming. The Woods is now a 9 hole course ideal for a short golf outing and at attractive prices.
Kama'aina green fees
More good news, perhaps the greatest golf bargain in the world: Princeville Homeowners pay 'Kama'aina' green fees of only $65 for Makai and as low as $55 for Prince, including carts and range (subject to change). There are no club fees, dues, or membership. All Princeville courses are public, as are Wailua Golf Course (County of Kauai owned), Kauai Lagoons, Puakea, Poipu Bay, and Kiahuna. One course, Kukui'ula in Poipu, is private and quite expensive.
Kauai offers the best in challenging golf in beautiful settings with views of mountains and ocean. All courses have special discounts for residents of Kauai who show a Hawaii drivers license. Princeville has even lower rates if you are a resident of Princeville and have the Princeville Golf Club ID card (for a modest annual fee, they carry your GHIN handicap records). Amazingly, you can get a tee time easy, often the same day.
The Prince Golf Course - closed until late summer 2011 for updating.
Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, located right next to the Marriott Resort in Lihue:
Puakea Golf Course, in Lihue near the Home Depot:
Wailua Golf Course Conveniently located between Kapaa and Lihue, this course is very popular with local golfers and is highly regarded.
Poipu Bay Golf Club, located on the grounds of the beautiful Grand Hyatt Resort in Poipu.
Kiahuna Plantation Golf Club, located in the Poipu resort on the South shore:
Hawaii abounds with fabulous golf, and it is easy and inexpensive to fly interisland and golf Oahu, Maui, Lanai, and the Big Island. All resorts and golf courses offer kama'aina (Hawaiian for 'local' or 'oldtimer') discounts on golf with Hawaii drivers license as ID.