Poipu Bay Resort

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Kauai, Hawaii | Poipu Bay Resort

Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Year: 1991

2250 Ainako Street
Koloa, Hawaii 96756
(800) 858-6300

Course Access: Public

Driving Range available
motorized golf carts with GPS available
Affiliated resort accommodations and spa


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Located on the southern tip of Kauai, Poipu Bay is spread out over 210 acres and features 85 bunkers, 5 water hazards, and coastline finishing holes that feature the world’s largest water hazard; the Pacific Ocean.  The salt tolerant Seashore Paspalum greens thrive in the warm ocean-side environment coupled with the Bermuda fairways to generate superior playing conditions year round.

Local Knowledge: The site of Phil Mickelson’s famous 59 in 2004 during the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

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Bill Satterfield

Poipu Bay Resort

What to Expect:  When a golfer visits Hawaii, he naturally expects to have ocean views at some point during the round. Poipu Bay, located on the south end of Kauai, doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the ocean, particularly on the final stretch of holes that tumble along the cliff edge above the largest water hazard on the planet. The greens were recently redone, stripped, and a new Sea Shore Paspalum hybrid grass planted which provides more consistent playing conditions year round and less maintenance. The opening holes are a gentle warmup in both difficulty and architectural interest. The 7th hole begins to raise the bar as the final three holes on the front are beautiful and increasingly more strategic. The terrain on the back nine enjoys more movement with gentle climbs and descents which leads into the final cliff-side holes that are simply world class. The turf conditions are wonderful and the routing enjoys being framed by palm trees on many of the holes. Robert Trent Jones Jr. took into account the strong trade winds that are prevalent at the property. In fact, a couple of the most difficult holes are under 400 but play several clubs longer when the ocean winds are blowing. In the end, Poipu Bay doesn’t disappoint on any level. When paying three figure green fees, golfers expect immaculate conditioning, stunning views, and great golf holes – three things Poipu Bay delivers on with flying colors.   Signature Hole:  16th - 501 Yard Par 4… More >