Poipu Bay Golf Course

4.3675000000 4.4 stars from 5 (42)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7123 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7123 yards 73.9 134
Blue 72 6610 yards 71.7 129
White 72 6318 yards 69.5 125
White 72 6318 yards 74.5 124
Red (W) 72 5241 yards 70.9 121
Red (W) 72 5241 yards 70.3 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 42 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

39 out of 42 reviews


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msorchy1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


BChichimo's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

My father and I played this course while on vacation. There happened to be 40-50mph winds that day but we were going to play no matter the weather as we'll probably never get back to Hawaii, and we're very glad we did. There had been tons of rain in the week leading up to us playing and even a downpour as we were arriving but the course was in outstanding shape. The greens were absolutely immaculate. Three of the last four holes are unreal, right along the ocean for that stretch. If you're going to golf while in Hawaii that's what you hope for. The staff was also very friendly and accommodating. We got a nice little swag bag with a towel, ball mark and repair tool as they were celebrating 25 years. I'd recommend this course to anyone looking to play on kauai.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"No Restaurant !"


Didowest's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've played here for years but found on this trip they've decided to close the kitchen and sell out of a refrigerator. No breakfast, no lunch, nothing but ready made sandwiches from the refrigerated display case. No mixed drinks, just canned beer when you finish your round. No Beverage cart either, they cut that out as well I guess to save money. Feels like they removed part of the courses "soul". It's a bit isolated so there aren't other choices. Too bad, now it feels like an upscale muni. People were absolutely great !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Quality golf."


msmithcsrs's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Very well maintained from the smooth, nearly blemish-free fairways to true rolling greens and top-notch practice facilities, this course is well worth your time and money. The course is a fairly forgiving resort course with wide fairways, non-punitive rough, some spectacular views, attractive design and appealing landscaping. When we played, the greens were recovering from aeration, but were very smooth and consistent--just a little slow. I would anticipate in a few weeks that they would be mowed shorter and rolled firmer to give them a little more speed and challenge. I would like to try the course again with those green conditions. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this course to low and high handicaps.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice but dated..."


GBennett4142's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

after hearing all the hype I was somewhat disappointed. Course charges a premium for fees, but really isn't the same as some of the other "top-tier courses." Definitely fits in the "resort" category. Fairways are wide, and well maintained. Course is NOT one to eat a dozen balls. Greens are smooth and relatively fast, but not so fast as to not be fun. If you are expecting a layout that is entirely on the coast look elsewhere. Only the final few holes really front the ocean. The staff are very friendly, not the least bit pretentious. Carts come with GPS. One caution-though they bill it as a "restaurant" all they really have is a snack bar. And like so many places on the island, no draft beer. Overall a nice day, nice experience, but not something I would put on my "bucket list."


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"PGA quality"


richfonda's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2013
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Reviewed on

This course hosted the Grand Slam of Golf for several years, and it is a lot of fun to walk the same fairways as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Greg Norman, Jim Furyk, Mike Weir, and others. It's even more fun to go into the locker room and see their plaques. The course itself is not long, but most holes require some tactical thought to score well. Course maintenance is wonderful. The staff is overly friendly, and the golf shop is probably the best-stocked golf shop I have been in.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ride the wind at Poipu Bay on Kauai"


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 06/11/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Although the heydays as host of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf are gone, Poipu Bay Golf Course is still pretty darn good.<br/> It's a bit nostalgic walking through the clubhouse looking at all the old photos of Tiger Woods, who won the exhibition seven times, and Phil Mickelson, who shot a 59 on the final day to win in 2004.<br/> Poipu Bay, next to the excellent Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, hosted the four major winners in a two-day shootout for a good run from 1994-2006.<br/> The course isn't quite as dramatic as it looked on TV during those aerial views. Holes 15-17 run along a 150-foot sea cliff, but the ocean isn't always visible. The best views seem to come when looking backward off of tees and greens.<br/> A greens renovation added seashore paspalum in 2011, ensuring good conditions year round. In 2013, Golfweek ranked Poipu Bay ninth among the top golf courses in Hawaii.<br/> The site is one of the windiest in Hawaii, so come prepared with a knock-down shot.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Golf experience was well worth iit beautiful layout"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2013
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Reviewed on

Course was all any one needs great greens plush fairways well maintained facility. Very friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course for Champions"


yasusasu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/10/2013
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Reviewed on

This course was immaculate. Fairways were perfect, bunkers were playing nicely, and the greens were rolling smooth and perfect. I had the privilege of playing this course on a day with little wind when the trade-winds usually average 20 mph, so the scoring conditions were fantastic and the weather was beautiful. The course had the right mix of challenging holes that required all the shots with a balance of holes that were straightforward, allowing for a fun day. One of the best courses I've ever played, would definitely play this again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Poipu: Cost effective?"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/4/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course's staff is super friendly and helpful, and the greens are in wonderful shape, however the course falls short of its former glory, and charges Princeville prices for near-Puakea golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great Experience!"


ednuts's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Looking forward to playing this wonderful course again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Perfect greens!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2013
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Reviewed on

Awesome golf course, I got a great deal on the golfnow website .The views are incredible here! The course was in pristine condition. One of the best courses on all of the Hawaiian islands!!!!!!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of a kind play on Kauai"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2013
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

On the sunny (windy) south shore, Poipu is an entirely different experience from the rest of the Kauai golf courses, despite being designed by RTJ Jr. (like the Princeville courses). The closing stretch of holes, which is usually downwind, makes for one of the most fun on the island. The entire experience, including the practice facilities and gorgeous clubhouse, might be tops on the island.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A truly wonderful course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/01/2013
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We were very fortunate to get a very good rate online which allowed to be able to afford to play here. The pro shop staff were very friendly as was one of the "cart guys" although the older man was quite surly for soem reason. However, Marty, at the practice range was a gem.......super friendly and accomodating and concered to get first aid for a cut on my finger. It is guys like Marty who make a course great. We set off as a twosome and played the best course we have ever played.....the greens were fast and true and the fairways in great shape. The cart girl came around regualrly and was friendly. The mix of challenging holes was excellent and I could see that this course sets up well for every level of player. We played off the whites but the score card did not seem to match the yardages on some holes which was odd......<br/> In using this feedback tool I was unabale to select anything betwen the middle and the end of each slider bar which made my selections rather inaccurate.<br/> Overall.......a fanastic experience and we hope to come back one day


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views, course played well due to pristine condition!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/21/2013
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My wife and I played this course in late March. The course was in great condition which helped the course play easier for us. The round played fast due to tee times being spaced out fairly far apart. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had a great time. The last four or five holes are right along the ocean. We had a hard time focusing on teeing off due to the whale activity off the shore. The course is a little spendy, however if you get a twilight rate like we did, it makes the course a better bang for your buck!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Overall experience was wonderful!"


retirement2006's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/23/2013
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The quality of the greens was superior, but very fast! The course layout is very intersting and fun. The scenery especially the back nine is awesome! The entire staff at the course was very efficient, friendly and helpful and they made me feel very welcome. All golfers should expeirnce this great course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice veiws at some places"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2013
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Poipu is a pretty forgiving golf course from the white tees. greens are tricky to read. The full cost of 180.00 per round would not be of very good value,most Hawaii courses expensive. 120.00 or so seems more reasonable. fairways fairly wide with good grass coverage. can be very windy increasing the difficulty some what.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Course with Great Ocean Views"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/10/2013
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Reviewed on

Very good course with great layout. Back nine takes you through some ocean cliffs while still maintaining great golf layout. Staff was nice. Only downside is that the normal rate is so high that it isn't worth it. I ended up paying $89 on GolfNow on a hot deal and to me that's about all it's worth. Looking at the course conditions I can't imagine their operating expenses are so much that need to charge $190 per player for a regular round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Typical Resort Course"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2013
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Reviewed on

Kauai's Poipu Bay Resort course is right next to the airport which is pretty cool if you like to see huge jets landing right next to your fairway, which also means it is on the ocean so there is a TON of wind. It is also right next to the Grand Hyatt luxury resort. My golf now tee time was a hot deal and the pro shop guy let me know by how rude he was to my wife and I. I probably saved around $70 bucks. The pro shop guy Kirk who checked me in was very dismissive and verified I wasn't staying at the hotel and he let me know that I couldn't touch the driving range until 30 minutes before my tee time because we were so early (a little over 1 hour early). By the way, they only charge you for a rider if you book through golf now apparently, if you book through the hotel or pay normal rate the rider is free (it is published that they do not charge for a rider) so that was not a fun $25.00 add on. We had to burn some time so we ate at the grille next to the pro shop. After the $20.00 burger that took literally 45 minutes to get in a to go box we ran to the cart, then to the driving range and it was an OK experience from there on. The course has a beautiful layout, I recommend playing it from the tips, you get to see the entire course and it is very difficult with the wind. The grass was not in as good of shape as the other courses on the island, some sand on the greens and quite a few dead spots, not pristine like the Prince course at all. Also, the bunkers are all waste style bunkers with no sand in them, very difficult to play out of, especially if you are in a deep one right next to the green. The friendliness from the bag guys was fine, and you get a free bag tag with your name on it. Other than the pro shop guy who was clearly a typical entitled rude pro shop manager working at a former tour venue, the course was a typical Kauai course where even with the hot deal I think it was a little overpriced. The only thing memorable will be the poor treatment. I expect more for $120.00 for 18. I highly doubt I will go back next time I am in Kauai. Every once in a while I book a hot deal at a course and get treated like this by a pro shop. Be prepared for it, especially if you go to one of these courses. They obviously don't like it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Layout is great and well maintained."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/09/2013
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Reviewed on

Friendly staff from the bagmen,cashier,and starter.

Course is well laid out, great shape, and back nine has a great stretch of holes a long the ocean front.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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