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Magazine rates Kauai courses among best in Hawaii

(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Princeville Makai Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course are “Golf Digest 2017-18 Best-In-State Golf Courses”, a distinction bestowed in the August 2017 issue of the magazine based on expert ratings completed during the preceding 12 months.
Golf Digest “America’s Greatest” panelists review thousands of courses annually prior to judging them in seven categories. A score from each of the reviewed areas – shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, condition and ambiance – are averaged and aggregated to arrive at a course’s final tally and ranking.


“We’re proud to be home to some of Hawaii’s finest courses, and pleased to see that several other Kaua‘i courses are equally deserving,” said Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “Many people think that Puakea, Wailua and the Ocean Course at Hōkūala are worthy of best-of honors as well. We invite golfers worldwide to visit and judge for themselves.”

Nicknamed the Garden Isle for its lush tropical foliage, waterfalls and omnipresent Pacific Ocean scenery, Kaua‘i is perennially recognized for its beaches, outstanding courses, ideal playing weather and pervasive natural beauty.  Brilliantly authored by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Princeville Makai (St. Regis Princeville Resort) and Poipu Bay (Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa) exemplify the stunning views and exceptional golf found on the island.
Golf Digest raters confirm what golfers who admire Hawaiian golf have long known – that Kaua‘i is a special place with unique qualities, an amazing oasis where playing the game is unforgettable, and after-golf activities are equally astounding.
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About Kaua‘i Golf

Kaua‘i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii -- with approximately five percent of the island developed for commercial and residential use. No building can be taller than the tallest coconut tree, and many places on the island are only accessible by air or sea.
Princeville Makai Golf Club 
• Re-opened in 2010 following an extensive renovation. The Makai Course has since been ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" in 2015
• Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 18-hole Makai Course incorporates serene lakes and stunning ocean coastline; the leisurely 9-hole Woods Course winds through native woodlands against a backdrop of lush mountains
• The St. Regis Princeville Resort offers Halele’a Spa and The Kaua‘i Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten  
Poipu Bay Golf Course 
• Along with Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, Poipu Bay has been honored by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top golf resorts in the U.S.
• Named to Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" 2013-2014 and Golfweek’s “Americaʻs Top 100 Resort Courses” 2017
• Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 through 2006
• The Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa completed a renovation in 2012 and features a water playground with river pool, waterfalls, a saltwater lagoon, tennis and the celebrated Anara Spa
Ocean Course at Hōkūala (formerly Kauai Lagoons) 
• Named one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses” by MSN Travel
• The championship 18-hole Ocean Course features the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii with over ½ mile of oceanfront golf.
• The front nine holes are highlighted by the par-3, fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
• The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf experience on Kaua‘i
Puakea Golf Course 
• Rated "Best of Kaua‘i" in 2014-16 by local golfers, ranked the No. 15 best course in Hawaii by Golfweek
• Golf architect Robin Nelson expertly used prevailing wind and natural lay of the land when he designed the course
• Puakea's 18 holes treat golfers to beautiful views of Mt. Ha'upu and deep lush ravines on several holes, which served as the backdrop to the original Jurassic Park movie 
• Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case
Wailua Golf Course 
• Regarded as one of the most beautiful municipal courses in the U.S., Wailua was recently named the No. 3 public course in Hawaii by Golf Channel
• The course’s original holes date back to the 1920’s; the course expanded to 18 holes in 1962 under the direction of Hawaii Golf Hall of Famer Toyo Shirai
• Easily accessible from the Lihue airport, the scenic public course is a favorite of island golfers and tourists alike

Pate Clarson
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