Princeville Makai: Spec­tac­u­lar Sun­rise to Sun­set Golf

Spec­tac­u­lar Sun­rise to Sun­set Golf

Golf Vacations - - NEWS - by Tim Cotro­neo

There’s a golf course on the north­ern shore of Kauai where sun­rises are cel­e­brated by the un­like­li­est of golf cer­e­monies. On Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, a dozen peo­ple gather on Princeville Makai Golf Course’s most fa­mous Par 3 to prac­tice yoga amidst a back­drop that is sec­ond to none.

There’s a golf course on the north­ern shore of Kauai where sun­rises are cel­e­brated by the un­like­li­est of golf cer­e­monies. On Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, a dozen peo­ple gather on Princeville Makai Golf Course’s most fa­mous Par 3 to prac­tice yoga amidst a back­drop that is sec­ond to none. Yoga Spe­cial­ist Tu­lasi Adeva found Princeville Makai’s sig­na­ture 7th hole to be the ul­ti­mate set­ting for tap­ping into Kauai’s spec­tac­u­lar tri­fecta of en­ergy, ocean, and moun­tains. In fact, Makai’s en­tire 7,200yard lay­out is so stun­ning that Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Trav­eler ranked it to be one of the Top 5 golf cour­ses in Amer­ica. For those who travel to Kauai for more tra­di­tional golf pur­poses, you’ll find the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-de­signed Princeville Makai to be a heaven on earth. If there is any doubt that Kauai is spe­cial, not only for a va­ca­tion but for plant­ing is­land roots, con­sider that the glo­be­trot­ting Trent Jones Jr. planted roots of his own by pur­chas­ing a home that’s within shout­ing dis­tance of his Makai cre­ation.

Wed­ded to Golf

When Gen­eral Man­ager Doug Sut­ter came on board at Princeville Makai in 2013, his goal was to stretch his new work­place’s au­di­ence. Sut­ter thought that if Makai’s 7th hole was good enough for his own wed­ding cer­e­mony, then imag­ine what this Pa­cific Ocean hug­ging penin­sula could do for yoga en­thu­si­asts. Sut­ter took this au­di­ence ex­pan­sion a step fur­ther by adding a Sun­set Golf Tour to max­i­mize Princeville’s epic sun­sets. A guide leads guests first to the Makai Grill for Happy Hour, then on an 18-hole tour with strate­gic stops for pho­tos, ro­mance, or just ab­sorb­ing the aura em­a­nat­ing from the Bali Hai moun­tain range and Hanalei Bay. Princeville Makai is one of those cour­ses in which each day adds a new chap­ter to the mys­tique shap­ing its per­son­al­ity. With no fewer than five ocean holes, the wit­ness­ing of whales breach­ing or dol­phins danc­ing is a un­com­monly com­mon oc­cur­rence. Makai of­fers enough birdlife to make a zookeeper sali­vate. Nene, Al­ba­tross, and Brazil­ian Car­di­nals all call Princeville Makai home. Of course there are spon­ta­neous rain­bows that pop up out of nowhere. There’s so much to see you’ll need a spe­cial golf cap that turns 360-de­grees in or­der to not miss any­thing.

Greek God of Golf

When a vis­i­tor en­ters the lux­u­ri­ous Princeville lo­cale for the first time, the en­trance is enough to make you won­der, “What does Makai golf do for an en­core?” Where else in the world does a tow­er­ing statue of Po­sei­don, the Greek God of the Sea, greet new­com­ers? Every metic­u­lous de­tail of the Princeville com­mu­nity lures you west to­ward the Princeville Makai Golf Course and its lux­u­ri­ous hos­pi­tal­ity coun­ter­part, the St. Regis Princeville Re­sort. The seren­ity fac­tor is off the charts at Princeville Makai. With the Makana Moun­tains buffer­ing one side of the course and the Pa­cific Ocean on the other, it’s hard to imag­ine an­other course that tweaks a golfer’s five senses like Princeville Makai’s amaz­ing am­biance. Princeville Makai goes above and be­yond by mak­ing a golfer feel like a VIP. On the back nine, an at­ten­dant serves the juici­est fresh pineap­ple slices to recharge your taste buds and round. Upon fin­ish­ing the 18th hole, golfers are re­freshed with a cold towel that is pre­sented in a minia­ture out­rig­ger ca­noe. The ul­ti­mate cap­per to a great day of golf is sam­pling a se­cret recipe Makai Mai Tai on their out­door pa­tio.

Par­adise with Per­son­al­ity

The ded­i­ca­tion to mak­ing your Princeville Makai golf ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing spe­cial is ev­i­dent in the peo­ple you meet at this course which un­der­went a $6 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion in 2010. From the early morn­ing aura of Yoga leader Tu­lasi Adeva, to the bilin­gual ban­ter of starter Hidecki, to the smiles from Pineap­ple Steve on the back nine, to the aloha spirit of GM Doug Sut­ter, Princeville Makai is a golf course with per­son­al­ity plus. If you have any doubt how much this crew loves golf, ask Sut­ter what he and his wife named their new­born son. A hint can be found on each of your “Cal­loway” rental clubs. The Princeville Makai Golf Course in Kauai is your sun­rise, to sun­set, to first born son’s best bet for Hawai­ian golf. For more info visit www.makaigolf.com and www.streg­is­princeville.com

Princeville Statue of Po­sei­don

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