5-3900 Kuhio Highway, Princeville, Hawaii 96722, US
(808) 827-8808
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About 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay (Kauai)

The new 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay is set to become the heart of Princeville, a 9,000-acre master-planned community on Kauai's north shore named in 1860 for Hawaii's crown prince, Prince Albert. It is home to the Princeville Makai Golf Club, which features an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole Woods Course (the Prince Course at Princeville remains closed indefinitely). Princeville is located near the beach town of Hanalei and has multiple lodging options. The most upscale is the 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, which is a five-star hotel set to open in 2022 with guest rooms and suites, as well as a large spa and spectacular pool and beachfront. There's also the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. Additional activities on the Princeville Ranch include ziplining, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking tours and off-road adventures.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres9000
Year Opened1986
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite, Villas/Casitas
PoolAdults Only
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

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

Golf courses at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay (Kauai)

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4.3
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Fun Course

Loved playing it, with all the beautiful scenery surrounding it. The pace of play was SLOW, however and I had to wait on my shots many, many times. The clubhouse restaurant stops serving food at 4:00 and, of course, I didn't get there until 4:10, so we had to settle for snacks.

But it is a beautiful course and I would like to play it again someday.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Scenic, challenging

Known for the scenery, the course did not disappoint. Course plays long and is challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing staff. Great course layout

Would recommend over the ocean course. Better staff and course overall.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

No Service

I’ll start with the course has beautiful views. When I checked in at 10:45 they told me the restaurant was closing at 1pm. They never said there is no beverage cart, we don’t give you any water, or that it was cart path only. They don’t even provide a towel o to clean your ball and there are no ball washers. It was very wet on the front but no reason for cart path only on the back. They also had a bunch of made up tee boxes for the forward tee’s on the back. The last 2 holes are just stupid and ruined a good round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Not worth $375

You pay $375 for the views, not the course. Payed an extra $50 for my wife to ride along. Views were immaculate, but course is nothing special, greens were spotty and slow, fairways were long.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent golf course, so beautiful, so much fun!

Excellent golf course, so beautiful, so much fun! The course was in excellent condition. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The Starter managed to get me out earlier. The views of the coast are spectacular and I never get tiered of seeing them!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great lay out, beautiful views

Course is in great shape, the greens are perfect and you can't beat the scenery

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Vacation

Check in smooth and fast. Starters were great. Friendly and put you at ease. Course well taken care of. Pace of play good. Views awesome

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Enjoyable course when you pick the correct tees

Lucky for us it didn't rain which it usually does on the north side. It was windy. 6400 yards is usually driver short iron for me but the wind was constantly against us. Made the par 3s more challenging.

The course is absolutely gorgeous. It's in great shape. Unlike other Hawaii courses, this one doesn't seem to be tricked out with a beautiful yet impossible layout. I played well and found bunkers a few times. The greens were surprisingly NOT PGA fast which was more enjoyable.

They spaced us out into twosomes. We did front 9 in 1:45 with carts. The food place had a line which was the only bummer and slowed us down a full 15-20 minutes. Took us about 4:05 to play 18.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 596
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Makai means "toward the ocean" in Hawaii

The Princeville Makai lives up to its name on Kauai's north shore. It is ocean royalty.
The ocean holes are gorgeous. The 338-yard 14th over an ocean cove might be the best short par 4 ever designed by RTJII. Even after a successful tee shot, the second is a daunting flip wedge over a front bunker to a cliffside green.
Lost is the greatness of the ocean holes is the dramatic 3rd, a par 3 that plummets from an elevated tee to a green protected by a pond. The water-logged 18th is equally compelling, playing over a pond twice as a risk-reward par 5.
Lots of great holes and scenery for days out here. If your spouse or family don't play, it might be worth signing them up for a "sunset" tour around the course. It's a chance to share a special place with those who are special to you.

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

bucket list round

loved the course
staff were all rude, very disappointing

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always a nice experience

The only flaws at the course are due to Covid restrictions and reduced staffing. The personal attention, beverages and snacks, and bag handling have all been restricted. I phoned to clear up a tee time problem and was on hold for 32 minutes.
The course is in great condition though, and surprisingly sparse participation resulted in great pace of play. As always here, the round was a pleasure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not the Same Makai

Course really hasn’t aged well. For $200+ per person would choose Poipu over this most days. A few holes along the Ocean are amazing views but the overall condition of the course was disappointing

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf day

Played today with my wife and son. Course conditions were excellent. Beautiful layout. Great ocean views. Challenging holes from blue tees. Worth the $ to play. Very friendly staff and patrons

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing views!

The course over all was amazing! At the price point tho the rentals should be included for out of state players… especially because the green keeper told us they were last seasons rentals and they had not broken out the new seasons clubs they had available yet.

New greens keeper is doing an amazing job! Course was in great shape and the staff was very friendly. Definitely a great course and a fun time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Best option in Princeville

I like this course. Not thrilled that they charged my wife to ride along with me even though I played as a single and they give you a cart.
Course is gorgeous and in great shape. Played it in 3 hours so pace of play was great considering there is some travel between more than a few holes

Saw some albatrosses which was cool.

Understanding that Hawaii is less than one month from reopening due to Covid-19 I think they are doing a great job.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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