Originally established as a 9-hole course on an old sugar cane plantation, the course at Puakea Golf Club was extensively redesigned and extended by Robin Nelson before it re-opened to the public as a daily fee facility in 2003.
Puakea Golf Club is a public access golf course in Lihue on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The course was originally built as a 9-hole facility on an old sugar cane plantation just 2 miles from Lihue airport.
In 2003 the course re opened after a major makeover from noted architect Robin Nelson. Nelson made full use of the terrain to craft an entertaining 18 holes of golf.
After a quite opening few holes through a housing estate the course heads into tropical jungle with significant elevation changes and water hazards featuring and all with a magnificent mountain backdrop.
It is quite a dramatic course from hole 6 onward.
Puakea is a quality course in a memorable setting.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
One of the most underrated golf courses in Hawaii. The first few holes provide a straight ahead warmup for the great golf to come. Great mountain views, jungle encroaching on several holes and great use of bunkering and approach shots makes Puakea a great gem of a course on Kuaui.