Makai Golf Club at Princeville
What is now the Princeville Makai Golf Club is a distinctive 18 hole layout comprised of the former Ocean and Lakes nines. All 18 holes were re-turfed and renovated (using the same design) in 2010. The Woods Course is now a separate nine-hole course.
Sitting on a rolling plateau high above the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Hanalei Bay, Makai was the first resort course on Kauai and one of only two 27-hole layouts in Hawaii. More significantly, this was Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s first design on Kauai—an island where he dominates, having designed 81 holes at four different properties.
This Kauai golf setting is majestic, surreal and stunning. Every golfer has their own pick for best nine. The back nine (formerly 'Lakes') is the most diverse. The front nine's (formerly 'Ocean') signature hole is the par-3 at No. 3, overlooking the serene waters of Hanalei Bay and featuring an elevated tee to a water-protected green, 100 feet below. Another scenic challenge appears at the par-3 cliff-side 7th hole, featuring a blind carry over the crashing surf below from both the middle and back tees.
As the site of the 1978 World Cup and six straight years of LPGA Tour events from 1986 to 1991 the Makai Course's place in golf history is secure. And even though Princeville's Prince Course is a contemporary gem, many golfers find Makai more playable and, hence, more enjoyable.
Resort | 18 Holes | Par 72
Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Club Rentals, Driving Range, Pro Shop, Snack bar
4080 Leiopapa Rd.
P.O. Box 223040
Priceville, HI 96722
Black: Yardage 7223
Blue: Yardage 6476
White: Yardage 6134
Red: Yardage 5466