It’s no wonder that Kauai’s exceptional beauty has inspired some exceptionally beautiful links. More surprising is the presence of two lovely, inexpensive public courses: the 9-hole Kukuiolono on the South Shore, and the even more impressive 18-hole Wailua Golf Course on the East Side; see details below. Note: Greens fees listed here include cart rentals unless stated otherwise.
Value-seekers who don’t mind occasionally playing next to a Costco and suburban homes—amid panoramas of several soaring green ridges—will appreciate Puakea (www.puakeagolf.com; 808/245-8756), part of AOL founder Steve Case’s portfolio. Greens fees for 18 holes are $85 before 11am, $65 after; it’s $45 for 9 holes anytime. The links are centrally located, at 4150 Nuhou St., off Nawiliwili Road, Lihue.
To play the newest course on the Garden Island, you’ll need to be a guest in one of the Lodge at Kukuiula cottages, bungalows, or villas, starting at $750 a night (http://lodgeatkukuiula.com; 800/325-5701). Along with members of Kukuiula (www.kukuiula.com; 855/742-0234), Lodge guests have exclusive access to Tom Weiskopf’s 18-hole, rolling course through gardens, orchards, and grasslands, and a practice facility; greens fees are $210.
Wherever you play, money can’t buy your way out of dealing with trade winds, so start early for the best scores.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.