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2.9
294 Reviews (294)
5 Stars
101
4 Stars
149
3 Stars
32
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.7
Value
2.7
Layout
3.3
Friendliness
3.4
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.1
54.3%
Recommend this course
275 out of 294 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.0
3 Reviews (3)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.7
Layout
3.3
Pace
5.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.5
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
73.1%
Recommend this course
19 out of 26 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6954 yards
Slope 130
Rating 73.1

Editor's Note: The golf course will be closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robin Nelson (2003) Robin Nelson (1997) Mark Miller (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

2.9
294 Reviews (294)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Brunch 10
19th Hole Specials 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 50
Elevation Changes 40
Water Hazards 37
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 38
Locals 29
Seniors 29
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 53
Near the Airport 51
Near Local Attractions 13

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Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pretty easy

Very flat, fair amount of damage from nearby construction. Prettiest hole was #4

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

Very nice layout with plenty of challenges yet fair with beautiful scenery everywhere. Staff is very friendly and helpful with any needs.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Price

Way overpriced for the course. It was 49 dollars in 2019
Now price is $139 to $179.
Would not recommand

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 41
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Up and running

After being closed so long during pandemic the course is back as beautiful and challenging as ever

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Trying to Come Back

I've already reviewed this course once. Poor, poor condition after being closed and changing management. No way they should charge the current rate until it is in better shape and housing development finished on the back nine. There are better values locally...

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

A Favorite But...

Been coming to Kauai for 25 years and have played this course many times. With the run down condition newly aerated greens and construction on most of the back nine, there is NO WAY you should be charging what you do...comp me a round next year when we come back and keep working on the reworking of one of our favorite courses...you have a long way to go!

My user name is not AGFraz...try docofoz

Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Course Recovering

Puakea is one of our go to courses on Kauai. Upon arrival, we learned that the course had been temporarily closed due to Covid and staffing was still very limited. Maintenance of the course suffered. To make matters worse the greens were still very sandy and recovering from aeration. Given the course conditions, the rate should have been discounted. Very disappointed this time.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course could be great

Layout is great and could be a gem. Greens were recently plugged and sanded and made putting a good guess, at best (no mention at reservation and no discount for greens condition). Maintenance crew must be short handed, lots of work to be done and only saw a few workers.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a year
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Over priced

We always play this course when visiting Kauai we really have enjoyed it in the past..the scenery is spectacular!
This experience we brought friends and were sadly disappointed..
Price doubled
Never told about aerating!
Course Under construction
Also we brought a friend for a ride along and they charged us $38. She does play golf!
Our play was fast no one was on the course until hole 12.
Good bye Puakea!!
Great employees very professional and approachable!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 38
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course for the money

Found a hot deal for $50 which made it enjoyable. A lot of construction on the back 9 going on. Luckily I was playing with someone who knew course otherwise I would have been lost. Better signage needed. Had a group of 7 in front of us playing slow. Otherwise a very nice place to play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Just reopened. Now overpriced.

I have played this course numerous times in the past. It was closed during Covid19 lockdown and additionally due to extensive construction on the back nine causing course renovations. The traps were poorly maintained during closure and are starting to be overgrown. Many tee boxes don’t appear to have been mowed in several weeks. Fairways and greens mostly fine. Used to pay about $60-65 / round. Now at least double that. Course was relatively empty probably due to above issues.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

New owners

I think kauai tourists and locals are an available market for reasonably priced golf and perhaps local membership pricing. Each course has to choose their market and the high end market is plentiful and competitive on Kauai.
Puakea has a nice atmosphere much of which will disappear as more residential development spreads around the course.
Puakea used to have afternoon rates, resident guest rates etc but these have gone away which will increase play at Wailua.bottom line I don’t think Puakea can compete in the market they’re shooting for.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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