The Makai Course re-opened in January 2010 after a multi-million renovation that reconfigured the greens from two 9-hole courses into one beautiful 18 hole course. Bunkers were reshaped with new ones added, two new large practice tees and a new expanded practice putting green were created and they even changed the grass on the tees to Seashore Paspalum, a drought resistant grass that is so smooth it almost looks like a carpet. As wonderful as the golf course is, the scenic views of Kauai’s towering mountains, the sight of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay and looking down at breaking surf below the cliffs will provide an experience you’ll never forget.
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.
Makai Golf Club at Princeville - Woods Course
The Princeville Makai Course is now 18 distinct holes comprised of the former "Ocean' and 'Lakes' nines, which sit 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.
The remaining nine holes, known as 'Woods' is now a nine-hole course which appeals to new golfers, novice golfers, families and those who play the game on a more casual basis.
The Woods Course in the most inland of the original three nines designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It features more trees and a mostly level layout that features the original Bermuda turfs of the late 1970s. And, you can play it for about a quarter of the cost of the 18-hole Makai.
Makai – Woods Course Overview
Resort | 9 Holes | Par 36
Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
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