3351 Ho’olaule’a Way, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, US
(808) 647-2800
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About Hokuala, a Timbers Resort (Kauai)

Hokuala, a Timbers Resort, is a fractional ownership resort that offers a limited number of vacation packages to outside guests. The oceanfront resort is located minutes from Lihue Airport on the island of Kauai and includes the Ocean Course at Hokuala, a Jack Nicklaus design that features the longest stretch of oceanfront holes in Hawaii. Units are two- to four-bedrooms in size and a stay here includes a spa, fitness center, hiking trails, oceanfront dining, paddleboarding and canoeing, and a beach club, kid's club and adventure center.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres450
Year Opened2018
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Casual
Room TypesFractional Ownership, Villas/Casitas
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Hokuala, a Timbers Resort (Kauai)

Reviews

4.2
78 Reviews (78)

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Over priced

The course was really very nice. In fact it was beautiful. The amenities were great. The staff were very friendly. It’s just too expensive compared to other courses on the island. In fact, I played Poipu Bay a few days ago and I think now it was a better course then The oceans course.. nice. Great. But not worth the price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Gina Hutchison

Always love playing this course. Challenging layouts, fast greens and trade wins add to the difficulty. Amazing views on the back 9. People are always very friendly & accommodating. We always play 3-4 rounds at this course every trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Breathtaking views

From the time we loaded our top notch cart to the end of the round it was an amazing experience. Course is a bit more challenging than the neighboring Kauai courses but super fun and beautiful. Staff was extremely friendly. It rained on the back nine and it was nice to have the built in rain cover on the cart. Played this course twice while on vacation and thoroughly enjoyed each round. Wish all courses were this nice!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 539
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lethal and lovely at the same time

Hokuala ranks right up there with Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for its combination of scenery and difficulty. You can lose a handful of balls in the jungle on the front nine and more in the ocean on the back nine. It's quite the test in the wind.
The Jack Nicklaus design features the longest, continuous stretch of golf on the ocean in all of Hawaii. Once you turn the corner toward the 13th tee, a sea of blue takes over the backdrop. Some of the holes coming home get a little awkward. The 15th is a cruel par 4 with a blind tee shot over a bunker to a tilted fairway that kicks balls hard left into a water hazard. My advice on the blind 16th is to layup with a 7 iron. The fairway narrows and drops to a green in the shadow of the harbor lighthouse. It's tricky.
More water on nos. 17 and 18 requires golfers to finish strong or risk limping back to the clubhouse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Play this course when on Kawai

This is a beautiful golf course with two very distinct 9s. The first 9 is long and challenging with some great holes with challenging approach shots.
The second 9 is beautiful on the water with some of the most amazing golf holes I've ever got to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Always a Pleasure

Greens were just aerated and top-dressed, with the usual effect on putting, but we knew this going in. The rest of the course is in excellent condition.

And as usual, the holes that look easy aren't, and the holes that look impossible aren't either, (but close sometimes) . :-)

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

Played Hokuala every year for 21 years

My wife and I have been coming to Hokuala every year for the past 21 years (our anniversary). We have seen many changes. None of which have affected the beauty and fun factor of the golf course.

Yes, the facility did have a glamour time with boats in the lagoon, beautiful statues in the pond and on every hole, Clydesdale's pulling beautiful carts, and wonderful nightlife. These things were nice but didn't add to the golf; which remains sensational. We do miss the Mokihana course though.

The golf course is our favorite on the Island and we've played them all. The front nine is gorgeous and offers a typical Hawaiian plantation layout (only better). The back nine provides the best ocean links on the island. Both are challenging but fun. The course is lush, green, and well-maintained. We have always been welcomed and treated extremely well.

Just got back to the mainland yesterday and are planning our next visit.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Very disappointed

We arrived and hour and a half early for our tee time and were asked to play early after hitting a few shots On the range. The course was in average condition. And I was surprised how many holes are on the glide path for the airport and it’s amazingly loud. No attendants on the course for any drinks or food. The cart we had initially quit working after 14 holes. After the round there is no area to go get a drink of any kind. Not even a vending machine.
For a fee of $421 for 2 with one set of rentals I was amazingly underwhelmed. Will not be going back there or recommending it to any of my golfing friends.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Watch out for Canadian Snowbirds

It was our 1st time in Kaua‘i & we love to golf beautiful, PGA courses! We received a warm welcome from the gentleman who took our clubs, the shop attendant & our starter.
The 1st thing I noticed was the voice coaching us on this Jack Nicklaus course was that of Kellie Hines, FEMALE Head Golf Professional.
I'm on disability, so I ride along, play caddy, & take pics. The front nine my Husband, Gaven, ROCKED! He birdied Hole 3 & Parred on 5 other holes. There was 1 instance of on in 2, but we don't talk about the par he got on Hole 4.
Hole 6 was breathtaking! You had to drive over lush jungle & the cart path through said jungle was wild. On the other side I heard familiar honking overhead. There were Canadian Geese flying overhead. No judgement, we'd move here too.
To keep the course in such lush conditions requires rain, so luckily for us we had just rang in our lunch order on our carts & were at the Clubhouse. How cool to see Bubbles on the menu! Yes please!
The back 9 after the rain was tough. We had lost momentum from the rain delay, so it was all about aloha for being in this gorgeous place.
The sights were a sales pitch of why you should buy at Timbers Kaua‘i — Ocean Club & Residences. Gaven lost 6 balls on the back 9. If your ball goes out of bounds it's in the drink, also know as the Pacific Ocean. The rugged drops & view of Nawiliwili Harbor were stunning! There was even a cruise ship at port!
Thank you for an amazing day. Now that we're back to real life, when we get stressed, we say remember Kaua‘i!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful

Staff very friendly. Course in great condition. Layout to next hole was a little confusing at times. We were a foursome and had a three some behind us so felt pushed at times which made the round less enjoyable. No 19th hole so if you want a beer after the round you’ll have to go somewhere else.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not what it use to be

I have played this course many times in the past when it was owned by Marriott. It is now owned by Timbres Resort. The fairways were more brown than green. The front 9 had mowed grass on the fairways and rough. The mowed dead grass was very thick and difficult to play out of. Moving the ball was not always an option as the mowed dead grass covered the entire width of the fairway in some cases. The greens on the front 9 had been recently arrested and sanded so they did not put true. The snack shack attendant was niceness but had difficulty in understanding english. The main restaurant is closed so no after round meal. In the past this use to be a beautiful lush course. Not any more.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Aloha friends

Actually played this course twice while I was staying at the Marriott next to the course. Back 9 is beautiful with oceanic views and beautiful signature holes like 16. High risk, high reward shot for an easy birdie. Practice your knock down shots because there’s a lot of wind you face on this course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Favorite course on Kauai

This course is so fun! And the people working here are outstanding. I love that they di genuinely want you to enjoy yourself. Course is challenging but open and very playable. Island green and other features make for a fun round and require good strategy. Beautiful surroundings. Pace of play perfect - you can relax and finish in 4.5 hours easily (faster if pushed). We loved the starter!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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