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Princeville Makai Golf Club says aloha/goodbye to plastic water bottles

Club on Kauai's North Shore features 2 FloWater refill stations on property and others on the golf course

Kauai, Hawaii (February 18, 2020) – Princeville Makai Golf Club, located on the North Shore of Kauai, recently said “aloha” or goodbye to single-use plastic water bottles. Princeville Makai did so to help reduce plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, fight the negative impacts plastic pollution causes on wildlife, and to cut landfill inputs. Water served in plastic bottles will no longer be available at the Makai Grill and on beverage carts, while beer and soda will be served in infinitely recyclable aluminum cans. Princeville Makai estimates that the club and guests were using approximately 100,000 plastic bottles each year.


Princeville Makai currently has two FloWater refill stations on property and additional water stations throughout the golf course. While on property, Princeville Makai guests have multiple alternatives to purchasing water in plastic bottles, including:

  • Bring their own vessel to fill with water
  • Use a complimentary paper cup (produced from recycled materials)
  • Purchase a Pathwater aluminum bottle for $3 per bottle – Pathwater’s tag line is “refill not landfill”
  • Purchase Yeti or Corksicle aluminum vessel products from the golf shop

"Team Princeville Makai, our local community and all of our visitors have all been extremely supportive of this new initiative,” said Doug Sutter, general manager, Princeville Makai Golf Club. “As we move forward with this program, we are doing our part to protect wildlife and clean up this beautiful island and the ocean that surrounds us. We hope others will join us in eliminating single-use plastics in our daily lives.”

Princeville Makai Golf Club’s sustainability initiatives go beyond eliminating plastic bottles. Other sustainable practices currently in place include:

  • Aluminum cans, glass and paper products are recycled
  • Paper straws are used in the restaurant and on the golf course
  • Paper merchandise bags (produced from recycled materials) are available in the golf shop
  • Food utensils made from plant-based and fully compostable materials are used at the Makai Grill
  • Princeville Makai also has the most environmentally responsible turf grass as the course’s main turf type, Pasplaum requires the least amount of nutrition and is salt tolerant making it very sustainable in Hawaii.
  • Princeville Makai also follows an integrated pest management program that includes organic options, such as using sodium chloride (table salt) to manage weeds in turf areas.

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About Princeville Makai Golf Club
Princeville Makai Golf Club features Robert Trent Jones Jr’s first-ever solo design. Since undergoing an extensive $6 million renovation by Trent Jones Jr. and reopening in early 2010, the Princeville Makai Course has soared to the top of golf’s most respected rankings, including “Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America” by Golf Digest, No. 3 golf course in the state of Hawaii by GolfWeek, a “Top 5 Public Golf Course” in Hawaii by GOLF Magazine, and named to the list of America’s “Top 5 Great Golf Settings” by National Geographic Traveler. Thanks to the club’s beautiful ocean-front setting, Princeville Makai Golf Club is a popular wedding venue. With Princeville Makai’s immaculate course conditions, six ocean-front holes, and amazing “Aloha Spirit” it is impossible for any other golf course on the Hawaiian Islands to rival Princeville Makai’s true Hawaiian Golf Adventure.

About Troon
The golf operations at Princeville Makai Golf Club are professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 465-plus locations around the globe, including managing 500-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include The Club at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Florida; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. For additional news and information, visit

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