Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - No. 3
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - No. 3
Kukuiolono Golf Course's third hole is a short par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai
Yardage markers are stapled onto coconut trees at Kukuiolono Golf Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - mountains
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - mountains
The Kauai Mountains are in view at all times at hill-topping Kukuiolono Golf Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - No. 5
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - No. 5
Kukuiolono Golf Course's greens are small and firm. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - No. 6
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - No. 6
Kukuiolono Golf Course's par-3 sixth hole plays over a ravine. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - 6th green
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - 6th green
Every island of Hawaii has neat little local-centric hidden gems to discover. While I've yet to play Wailua on Kauai, I am smitten by the casual, $8 round at 9-hole Kukuiolono, set in a Japanese garden overlooking the south shore. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono GC
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Kukuiolono GC
It's easy to walk nine-hole Kukuiolono Golf Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - Starter
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - Starter
There are no tee times at Kukuiolono Golf Course, just a first-come, first-served starter window. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - range balls
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - range balls
Range balls are served up in old tins at Kukuiolono Golf Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono G.C. on Kauai - driving range
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Kukuiolono G.C. on Kauai - driving range
The driving range at Kukuiolono G.C. features ocean views as well. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - Clubhouse
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai - Clubhouse
Kukuiolono Golf Course has a small clubhouse with a lounge and grill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kukuiolono Golf Course - entrance
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Kukuiolono Golf Course - entrance
Kukuiolono Golf Course is located a few miles inland from Kauai's southern coast. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kauai, Hawaii is a historic, hidden local play

KALAHEO, Kauai, Hawaii -- Located few miles inland from the southern coast of Kauai is Hawaii's eighth oldest golf course, Kukuiolono Golf Course. This little nine-hole course sitting high on a hill overlooking Poipu dates back to 1927. It was the gift of the McBryde family, who promised an affordable public park and golf course for generations to come.

The course is the most affordable on the island at just $9 to play all day, including non-residents. There are three sets of tees, playing 3,173 yards from the blues, 2,981 yards from the whites, and 2,708 yards from the red tees. The par-5 second hole plays 595 yards with the tradewinds at your back. Kukuiolono's most notable hole is the par-3 sixth, which is a long shot over a ravine to a green that has great ocean views.

Facilities at Kukuiolono, which translates as "light of lono," include a driving range and small clubhouse that serves a limited menu. Golf carts and pull carts are available for an additional fee.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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