Bill Satterfield

Bill Satterfield's Take on Wailua Golf Course


Kauai, Hawaii | Wailua Golf Course

Architect: Toyo Shirai (1961)
Year: 1930

3-5350 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 241-6666

driving range available
motorized carts available


What to Expect:  Often regarded as the finest municipal course in the Hawaiian Islands, Wailua is located on the east side of Kauai and originally opened as a nine hole course. The course is highlighted by views of Kauai’s stunning mountains coupled with views of the Pacific Ocean. The course is fairly open though a variety of different species of trees are found throughout the routing. The front nine is flat with some mild elevation changes on the back nine which makes the course popular among patrons to walk. Conditioning for a muni is good though doesn’t compare to the higher priced resort courses on the island. Though there is nothing I’d consider spectacular from a design perspective, if you are looking for an affordable course that offers beautiful mountain and ocean views then Wailua is the place for you to tee it up.

Signature Hole:  17th – 173 Yard Par 3

Wailua 17th ocean

Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  14th – 168 Yards

Wailua 14th back

Best Par 4:  11th – 370 Yards

Wailua 11th

Best Par 5:  1st – 520 Yards

Wailua 1st

Birdie Time:  16th – 363 Yard Par 4

Wailua 16th fairway

Bogey Beware:  2nd – 456 Yard Par 4

Wailua 2nd flag

  • John Connolly

    Hey Bill, while I enjoy your course reviews immensely, I think a helpful tool for your readers would be to list greens fees for the courses you evaluate. Thanks though, keep up the good work!

    • golftripper

      John, we are working on a system to add that information and keep it current as it changes. Stay tuned!