Puakea Golf Course
Editor's Note: The golf course will be closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
|White (W)||72||6061 yards||75.1||129|
|Red (W)||72||5225 yards||69.8||119|
|Green M: 73.1/130||404||558||407||180||359||176||389||510||438||3421||401||560||397||228||390||446||134||455||522||3533||6954|
|Blue M: 70.6/128||390||530||367||149||342||176||364||489||410||3217||363||528||356||200||369||403||120||420||495||3254||6471|
|White M: 68.8/124 W: 75.1/129||373||476||348||141||331||156||330||466||386||3007||329||510||339||171||345||380||109||393||478||3054||6061|
|Red M: 64.8/115 W: 69.8/119||296||426||321||120||302||113||249||411||346||2584||306||446||298||118||310||328||100||310||425||2641||5225|
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Photo submitted by johnb15 on 07/09/2023
Photo submitted by Nickhedr on 01/18/2023
Photo submitted by lmyers4371 on 10/04/2022
Number 6 @Puakea Photo submitted by rcsacstate on 12/07/2019
The sixth hole at Puakea plunges downhill. Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA on 01/29/2014
Photo submitted by garngarn on 10/30/2013
Photo submitted by garngarn on 10/30/2013
View from 6th hole tee box Photo submitted by u000007520885 on 07/03/2013
Of course any day golfing is a good day but on vacation in Kawai you can not have a better time. Sun was shining and the course was beautiful.
Excellent course. Not crowded at all. That’s kind of confusing on the back nine trying to find holes. Otherwise a great question play.
Used to be a good deal
I've been playing Puakea pretty much exclusively for on my numerous trips to Kauai. Costco had offered passes for $100.00 US for 2 green fees prior to the pandemic. EXCELLENT VALUE. My Canadian wallet really appreciated the price due to our lousy exchange rate. The course then shut down for 2 years during the pandemic. I eagerly anticipated playing there again once it re-opened. Well, it did re-open to green fees of $188.00 US, but you could get a DEAL at only $119.00 US all day long. They don't even offer Twilight rates. You pay full price no matter when you tee off. All of a sudden it's not a great deal anymore. Not even a good deal. I called the pro shop prior to my most recent trip to Kauai in Oct 2023 and told them that I would be on the island for 3 weeks and would be playing at least 12 rounds. I told them I would use my hard earned Canadian money to play Puakea exclusively while I was there if I could get a bit of a deal for that many rounds. Not even a penny discount was offered. As a result I played my 12 rounds on Kauai, but only a couple of times at Puakea. The course is not so busy that they should be able to ignore that many guaranteed green fees. I've played there numerous times in the morning at 7:00 am and completed my entire round of golf by 9:30 taking my time. The starter would tell me that nobody has gone out since I teed off. The pro shop staff would tell me that they're quite busy that day with 30 players going out today. My course sends that many golfers out in an hour at my home course. I think they need to re-think their business plan to include non-residents and their exchange rates. .
Four Texas Golfers who play a lot at home. Older guys from 70 to 82. We each felt good about playing this course. And would play it again. But we leave now to go to Waikoloa on The Big Island. Wonderful golf awaits us there
What happened to Puakea?
This used to be one of the better courses on Kauai. Not sure what happened but course is in bad bad shape. Grass growing in the bunkers, fairways and tee boxes in bad shape too. Greens, however, were really nice. No beverage cart. No towels to clean your clubs. Staff shrugged their shoulders when asked what happened. Customer service is gone. Used to be my favorite course on Kauai. Go to Wailua instead.
Not the same course
My husband & I have played this course numerous times on our visits to Kauai over the last 15 years. Prior to this it was 2019 and before Covid. An 18 hole round that cost us $65 pp then now cost us each $179.00!. The tee boxes need work,there us no sand in the sand traps(only red dirt) and the wild boars have torn up the fairways. No bathrooms on the back nine due to the construction of new houses. The bathroom on the front nine was filthy. For what used to be (and still could be) a beautiful course we were very disappointed all in all.
Poor value/ overpriced
Have played this course many times over the years. In the past it was a good value. Since Covid and perhaps different management the course is NOT a positive experience. The back nine is riddled with ruts from Javelins (wild boars). The manager, Diego, is a little despot ordering staff like a little dictator. The green fees are extreme trying to recover the lost revenue from Covid..This course needs to be more user friendly and get “Real” about it’s rates and services.
Lots of Potential
Nice layout, needs a lot of work. The greens were nice. I would check it out again when we come back. They are trying to improve the course.
Overall decent course, but better options on the island including the municipal course. Pro shop staff was friendly, but after checking in early and hitting balls at the range we were approached by another staff member and told we didn’t comply with the dress code. Since we were extremely early one member of our party drove back to the hotel to change. Although I was told I was ok for the day, the member came back again to continue to comment on my top. It was a very odd interaction and start to the day. My error for not seeing the requirement, but the attitude from the staff member was unfortunate. Definitely wouldn’t head back to play.
Course was in great shape with a very playable design. Good location of water features and fairway bunkers. Pace of play was great, only ran into 1 other group on the back and they let us play through. Would definitely play again on our next visit to the island.
Not sure what all the hate is for
I played this course on my honeymoon and I was very pleased with the whole experience. A lot of the complaints for this course are that there was construction for the housing developments nearby--this does not affect the experience of playing this course whatsoever (unless you get offended by seeing construction while you are driving your cart to the next hole), the course is still gorgeous. You do not have to worry about the coastal winds as opposed to other courses on the island so I would highly recommend playing this track.
Very flat, fair amount of damage from nearby construction. Prettiest hole was #4
Very nice layout with plenty of challenges yet fair with beautiful scenery everywhere. Staff is very friendly and helpful with any needs.
Up and running
After being closed so long during pandemic the course is back as beautiful and challenging as ever