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Tee­ing It Up Hawai­ian Style on Kaua’i

LuxeGetaways - - Editor’s Note - BY DA­MON M. BANKS

With the vast num­ber of world-class golf cour­ses around the world th­ese days, golf getaways are now bet­ter than ever. Kaua’i is one of those heav­enly des­ti­na­tions with ev­ery­thing re­quired for the ul­ti­mate golf get­away of a lifetime. But be­ware... if you are some­one look­ing for a des­ti­na­tion with ac­tion-packed days and late night fes­tiv­i­ties, this is not the place for you. What Kaua'i does of­fer is in­com­pre­hen­si­ble amounts of nat­u­ral beauty, in­sane golf cour­ses and a com­plete es­cape

from the daily grind. Here are our top five places to tee it up on Kaua’i this sea­son.

1. Ocean Course at Hokuala

Tim­bers Re­sorts pur­chased this prop­erty in late 2015, and they are now en­hanc­ing the re­sort so it will be bet­ter than ever. De­signed by Jack Nick­laus, the back nine in­cludes the long­est stretch of ocean­front holes in all of golf-rich Hawaii. Two of the par-3s are sim­ply un­for­get­table – the 5th hole is a daunt­ing one-shot­ter over a mango jun­gle ravine, while the 14th is a breathtaking hole with a shot re­quired over an ocean cove to se­curely find a co­conut tree-framed green. Make sure to swal­low your pride on th­ese holes, and take an ex­tra club since the forced car­ries are stout.

2. Puakea Golf Course

Lo­cated in Li­hue, near the air­port, Puakea Golf Course is ad­ja­cent to the lo­ca­tions used by Steven Spiel­berg when film­ing Juras­sic Park. This be­comes abun­dantly clear on the 14th hole, which is a par 4 that typ­i­cally plays down­wind, and is framed by lush moun­tains that evoke pri­mal awe. The 3rd hole is a short (yet tricky) par 4 where hit­ting less than driver will keep you from reach­ing the water that comes into play as you ap­proach the green. Make sure you avoid the fair­way bunker how­ever – it is deep with a steep-faced front, and not much fun for even the best golfers.

3. Poipu Bay Golf Course

Part of the Grand Hy­att Kauai Re­sort & Spa, Poipu Bay was the host course of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for 12 years, and Phil Mick­el­son holds the course record of 59. While his 59 in­fers that the course is a pushover, the trade winds of­ten blow with gusto here, and makes play­ers work for ev­ery shot. The best tip is to re­mem­ber to fo­cus. The views are as­tound­ingly beau­ti­ful, and they tend to make it very easy to get dis­tracted (in a good way).

4. Wailua Golf Course

As a mu­nic­i­pal course owned and op­er­ated by Kaua’i County, it ad­mit­tedly does not have the re­sort grandeur as many of the other Kaua’i golf cour­ses. How­ever, it is out­stand­ing none­the­less, ev­i­denced by hav­ing hosted three USGA Am­a­teur Pub­lic Links Cham­pi­onships over the years. It is long, well main­tained and has great ocean views. As an added bonus, it is a very af­ford­able op­tion, and the pace of play is brisk… a golf win-win if there ever was one!

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...golf getaways are now bet­ter than ever!

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