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Princeville Makai sunset tour earns honor


Kauai, Hawaii (August 27, 2019) – Princeville Makai Golf Club’s Sunset Golf Cart Tour has been named the “Best New Amenity” at a public/resort course by Golf Inc. magazine, the world's only magazine for golf course developers, owners and management company executives. Golf Inc. annually recognizes the best new amenities at public and private golf clubs in their September/October issue. In 2019, eight new amenities were honored by the industry publication, with Princeville Makai’s Sunset Tours leading the way in the public/resort course category.

Sunset at Princeville Makai Golf Club

Sunset at Princeville Makai Golf Club

Each day, the 90-minute guided tours begin at the Makai Grill, followed by five breathtaking stops with views of native flora such as plumeria and hibiscus trees; albatross and nene birds; and Garden Isle landmarks, including Hanalei Bay, Queen’s Bath, Kilauea Lighthouse, Anini Reef and North Shore beaches. The tour ends on the 7th hole as the sun disappears over the horizon. Tours are led by members of the golf staff, including Princeville Makai’s Head Golf Professional Tom Freestone and General Manager Doug Sutter.

“Very clever and a great way to capture additional income,” said Frank Benzakour, one of the Golf Inc. judges. “This team redefined the meaning of ‘innovate or die.’ A+ for effort and A+ for results.”

Princeville Makai Golf Club charges $69 per cart for the Sunset Golf Cart Tours. In 2018, more than 5,000 visitors took the tour generating additional revenue for the club. The club is on pace to break the 5,000 visitor mark in 2019.

“Our number one goal with the Sunset Tour is to help visitors learn about the area,” said Sutter. “It’s also an opportunity for our staff to share the Aloha Spirit with guests. We’re excited by how the Tours have grown with golfers and non-golf visitors alike.”

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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 more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 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 Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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