Princeville at Hanalei - Prince Golf Course

4.3889000000 4.4 stars from 5 (36)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7378 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 76.2

  • 5-3900 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville, Hawaii 96722, Kauai County
  • (808) 826-5000
  • (808) 826-5025
  • www.princeville.com
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Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1991)
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire is required for all players; no tank tops, swimwear, jeans or slippers.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Ele'ele 72 7378 yards 76.2 140
Wai Kula 72 7040 yards 75.0 133
Poku 72 6567 yards 73.0 130
Ke'oke'o 72 6122 yards 70.3 128
Ke'oke'o (W) 72 6122 yards 77.1 139
Ula'ula 72 5402 yards 66.7 119
Ula'ula (W) 72 5402 yards 72.8 124

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 1.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 36 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

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"CLOSED!"


u000003250554's avatar
Age:  55-64

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Went private. A real shame that it cannot be played.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A Prince of a challenge"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
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Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What a shame the Prince Course is going private because visitors to Kauai will certainly miss this course. It's probably the most difficult course on Kauai with lots of memorable holes. Another renovation will reportedly soften the course, which has one of the hardest opening holes in all of golf. A top 100 course, it's also a lot of work. High handicappers will struggle with the forced carries, difficult elevated greens and uneven lies.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Absolutely Must Play Course"


sballer06's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played for the first time on my honeymoon. Was better than I expected with great a staff who were extremely friendly. Was fortunate to play by myself and my wife who rode along. The course was in great shape although the the greens were much slower than I would have guessed. No need to be long off the tee (I used driver 2x only) but need to keep it straight and controlled. If you ever have a chance to play, it's absolutely worth it. The sights and vistas are second to none.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was amazing but EXTREMELY HARD."


thisisjoelrobinson's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I'll start off by saying the staff and facilities are top notch. They literally go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience possible. Now on to the golf..

I consider myself an above average golfer. I have a 3.7 index but absolutely struggled on pretty much the entire course. I'm the type of golfer who plays best when I can hit it long off the tee. This is not one of those courses. I think I was able to pull my driver out of the bag twice. The course is the definition of target golf. A lot of the greens were all or nothing. If you aren't straight off the tee and fairways you will require a couple dozen golf balls. However the greens are fairly large but not very flat.

I recommend this course because the views are second to none. Absolutely stunning visuals. Play this course to say you did and take a lot of pictures but you will not go low.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bravo Mr. Jones Jr."


tinmancan's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

You step up to the first tee and you think...oh my gosh...what do I do? Thankfully the course starter tells me that a shot of 220 to 230 is called for to a landing area that slopes away from you to the hazard. Intimidating? You bet. If you miss that, the fairway zigs right then left and its narrow! You think to yourself...I didn't bring enough golf balls.<br/> That is the true beauty of this golf course. Mr. Jones Jr. designed a course that makes you think. Yes, you have to think about every shot you play. If you do that, you will have a truly great golf experience. I did.<br/> I found this course to be breathtaking, difficult, but fair. Its not for everyone but if you've got game...you have to go. This course gave me my most memorable golf experience. Loved it. Bravo Mr. Jones Jr.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Live like royalty on the Prince course at Princeville"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
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Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Word of warning: The Prince course at Princeville will break you.<br/> But you'll still enjoy every minute of its challenge.<br/> This beautiful brute ranks no. 22 on Golf Digest's list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" and in a tie for 46th on its list of "America's 75 Toughest Golf Courses."<br/> A $5 million facelift has the iconic Robert Trent Jones Jr. course on Kauai's north shore looking spectacular again. The extensive refurbishment project finished in 2012 added tee boxes, rebuilt bunkers and covered all the greens with seashore paspalum while enhancing playability in certain areas. The rejuvenated 13-acre practice area includes a beautiful driving range that transforms into a six-hole par-3 course in the late afternoons. The "Mini Prince" -- designed for beginners and families to walk -- features holes ranging from 65 to 91 yards.<br/> The big course roams though thick vegetation that gobbles up errant shots. It flirts with a few ocean views on the sixth and seventh holes before diving back into the jungle. A waterfall behind the 13th green provides striking natural beauty.<br/> The 66,000-square-foot clubhouse is just as magnificent with floor-to-ceiling windows and The Tavern Restaurant by celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi.<br/> Little touches - like the free pineapple slices delivered during the round - shows how dedicated the staff is to making every visit enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Prince Golf Course - Kauai, Hawaii"


u000002510123's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/09/2013
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Beautiful course and design with beautiful ocean views around hole 7..... i played as a single and course was not busy on the day i played. The back 9 fairways had recently been aerated.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"we found ourselves in the sand way too.much"


craftke's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/16/2013
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We enjoyed our play there very much. The carts were great plus they gave us nice engraved tags for our golf bags.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views"


golf1524dog's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/04/2013
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A strategic course with many forced carries. Bring a dozen balls just in case. Enjoy the views, play from the correct tees, and remember your on vacation.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"a challenging layout"


groverd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/25/2013
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This is a beautiful course that roams over acres of hills near the ocean. You rarely find a straight hole. A few lay-ups off the tee are required to put you in position for your next shot. They also have a great pro shop.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Toughest challenge I have faced in golf"


u000006646095's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/15/2013
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If you have played Prince before and said "never again", it is time to rethink the course. The greens are great, the fairways are now more open to play than prior to the re-construction. You will still lose balls out here, but you will also post a better score all the way around. A great experience and some nice views along the way.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"As challenging as it is beautiful."


u00000870779's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/1/2013
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The Prince course will definitely make you think about course strategy and evaluate all options before each shot. Thankfully, their GPS system is both informative and extremely accurate.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Many memorable holes...you HAVE to play this course"


hawkeyegolfer's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/18/2013

Reviewed on

Pretty windy out the day I played but didn't feel like it was as hard as I expected. Need to hit it pretty straight to keep ball in play but I found it a lot more easy to score than Kapalua Plantation that I played later on this vacation. There are lot of great holes that have stayed in my head. I would definitely play it again. Course was in good condition but not pristine, a little muddy in spots but some holes are through the jungle. Even has a waterfall behind one green.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A fun and challenging course"


markolf's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/13/2013
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I had read the many reviews of this course and was amazed that they are justified. An unbelievable day of golf. The course can be challenging especially if one plays from the incorrect set of tees for their individual skill level.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging ...but worth it. New design achieves it's goal."


u00000141967's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2013
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The recently re-designed Prince Course is extremely difficult despite excellent conditions, state of the art GPS, extensive selection of teeing areas, well trained staff and spectacular location. The course defines Target Golf like few others on the planet, unfortunately, the cost for missing the target, particularly off the tee, is often a lost ball....played as a lateral hazard throughout the course.<br/> As an 7 handicap, I played well, lost 7 golf balls and shot 84, from the Blue tees. Next time I'll play from the longer Gold tees as the course opens up with a longer tee shot. 5 lost balls ran through the fairway into the gully which might not have happened from the longer tees - despite trying to use a shorter club off the tee. It can be maddening.<br/> Fortunately, after the round, you are treated to the best $$ deal on the island....Happy Hour at the beautiful new clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Top 100 course that is public with a tour experience"


bskubish's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/06/2013
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I pulled into the parking lot and was welcomed immediately by a host with my cart. He was very friendly and drove me to the check in stand. the Pro Shop staff was very friendly and they checked me in very quickly and sent me back out to my cart where another host was there to show me to the driving range and then to the first hole. As many free range balls as I needed. They let me tee off over 30 minutes early, and at the first tee I was greeted with a slice of pineapple. The course conditions were perfect the fairways were amazing the greens were like carpet and the tee boxes were what you would expect from a PGA tour caliber course. The drink cart came by every few holes and was moderately affordable and well stocked. There were amazing views to be had not only from the few ocean views but also from the amazing elevation changes on the many very difficult holes. At the end of 18 holes I was greeted with a Princeville bag tag with my name on it as well as a score high above my index. Highly recommend this amazing experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course, but difficult"


dougk03's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/29/2013
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The course is beautiful and several holes are very difficult. Not to be missed is the water fall behind the 13th hole. It is your consulation prize after playing this very difficult hole. The greens are excellent and course conditions are excellent. Bring a few extra golf balls.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Soggy in rain,muddy too,intentionally ridiculously grueling."


mfk400's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/26/2013
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Drainage problems and ridiculously difficult holes marred this otherwise fine course. At these prices, and with top 100 Courses designation, I should not have so much mud on me by rainy round's end.

I preferred the Makai and Lagoons Courses while staying in Kauai


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"As it said "significant by nature""


Hung1551236's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/18/2013
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I played 2 rounds at Poipu Bay golf course. It was extremely beautiful, but when i came to play at Prince of Princeville it blew my mind away by how they built this golf course. It is one of the best course I have ever played. You have to be here to feel it.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great views, very difficult!"


rtleonard12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/10/2013
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Outstanding course in all respects. Very difficult so don't expect to score well. Play it for the experience and the superb scenery.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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