Makai Golf Club at Princeville

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Kauai, Hawaii | Makai Golf Club at Princeville

Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Year: 1972

4080 Lei O Papa Road
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
(800) 826-1105

Course Access: Public

Driving Range available
Motorized golf carts available
Affiliated resort accommodations


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Located on Kauai’s stunning north shore, Makai is part of a 45 hole complex found at the St. Regis Princeville Resort.   The course features some of the most dramatic oceans views and holes available on the Hawaiian islands as the course sits perched above the rocky north shore coastline delivering views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay.  The fairways and greens consist of Seashore Paspalum, a grass strain boasting superior performance in the ocean side environment whose strong blades help the ball sit up a bit.

Local Knowledge: Makai’s layout is friendlier to the high handicapper than the neighboring Prince course.  If you are looking to take out the family, the 9 hole Woods course is an nice, though less dramatic, alternative.

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Bill Satterfield

Makai Golf Club at Princeville

What to Expect:  Let me just say up front that the Makai Golf Club far exceeded my expectations. Long dubbed the “ugly step sister” to the famous Prince course at Princeville, Makai closed up operations in order to go through an extensive 16 month remodel before reopening in early 2010. The results are stunning! The turf conditions couldn’t be better, the ocean views are breathtaking, and the layout is both inviting and challenging. Brilliant white bunkers are perfectly groomed and peppered throughout the course thus inviting the player to take thoughtful consideration before each stroke. The course doesn’t wait around to introduce the golfer to the ocean as gorgeous views are on display behind the 2nd green, a 611 yard par five. The 446 yard 6th hole is another favorite of visitors as you play right towards the rocky north Kauai cliff edges with the ocean as a backdrop and Queen’s Bath situated in the lava rock below the green. The terrain is less dramatic, demanding, and doesn’t feature as much jungle as the Prince course, which should appeal more to ladies and higher handicappers looking to enjoy Hawaii without going through a dozen balls. In conclusion, Makai is really impressive and has successfully shed the “ugly step sister” status and now stands on its own merits as one of Hawaii’s finest tracks.   Signature Hole:  3rd - 181 Yard Par 3 - In my scope of travels, nowhere is prettier than Kauai; it just feels and looks like paradise.… More >