Championship Golf Courses With Spectacular Ocean Views
If you are thinking about planning your next big golf vacation, you will want to consider visiting the Princeville Resort Kauai at Hanalei, one of Kauai’s best luxury golf resorts. This beautiful ocean view resort is the home of two championship golf courses; the Prince Golf Course and Makai Golf Course located on Kauai’s north shore. After your round of golf, enjoy your luxurious accommodations at the St. Regis Princeville Resort.
Often referred to as the Garden State, Kauai, is one of the smallest islands in the state of Hawaii. The island is, however, known as one of the premier golf destinations for winter weary North Americans.
The uniqueness of the visit to Kauai starts right at the airport. Because of the closeness of the mountains, there does not appear to be a runway. It feels as though the plane just falls (along with your stomach) and bounces on the ground within seconds. After landing at Lihue, one would take the Kuhio Highway (state highway 56) north and wend your way all around the eastern island of Kauai to the north shore at Hanalei Bay. This is the home of the Princeville Golf Resort that operates two world class golf courses; the Prince and the Makai.
The Prince Course was the initial golf course, actually sporting twenty-seven holes that allowed for greater flexibility of tee-times. The Makai course came much later. In total, therefore, there are forty-five holes at the resort. The courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and at one time, were considered to be the number one golf course in the world. And although it is of world class design, it unfortunately does not draw the PGA class of tournaments, probably due to the logistics of travel. In the past, the course has hosted some of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tournaments.
As at most of the Hawaiian golf courses, the act of swinging the golf club becomes almost secondary. Standing on top of the world, surrounded by the blue Pacific Ocean, you would find it difficult to take your eyes off of the scenery. This spectacular scenery, the magnificent and challenging holes that wend their way up the hills, jump across ravines and careen downhill like the Olympic luge run, the golfer is thoroughly tested in all aspects of his game. The vegetation is tropical, of course, and the occasional streams, gullies and waterfalls are all part of the scenery experienced during the course of the round.
The Princeville Hotel at Hanalei is located among the lush, green sea cliffs that tower over the beautiful Hanalei Bay. After the round of golf, you can relax at the spa in the hotel and then indulge in a relaxing evening of dining. The St. Regis Princeville has a variety of customized room packages and a wide range of amenities to complete your tropical vacation. They offer you priority for dinner reservations, spa time and golf tee times which is a nice touch.
During the non-golfing days, you may want to indulge in a helicopter ride that takes you to the spectacular water falls dropping off the side of Mt. Waialeale. This is a white-knuckle and stomach dropping ride as the helicopter drops down from the top of the falls, hundreds of feet, to the bottom. Mount Waialeale, the tallest mountain on the island, is known as the wettest spot on earth as over four hundred and fifty inches of rain falls during the year.
The golfer cannot leave the Princeville of Hanalei area without going down to the beach where “South Pacific” was filmed almost fifty years ago. As one strolls along Hanalei Beach or the Lumaha’i Beach, you may be able to catch some faint strains of “Nothing Like a Dame” or “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” in the gentle breeze wafting off of the ocean.
A golf trip to the Princeville Resort Kauai must be considered as one of the more memorable golf experiences for a diehard golfer. The trip will cover the tropical climate, the spectacular scenery, the challenging golf game and, not mentioned previously, the hospitality and friendliness of the kama’ainas (locals). We always have a wonderful time golfing in Hawaii and can only give the golf club and resort at Princeville our highest recommendation for your next exciting golf vacation.
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