The Ocean Course at Hokuala

4.4386823529 4.4 stars from 5 (49)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7120 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 76.2
  • Layout

  • 3351 Hoolaulea Way, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766, Kauai County
  • (808) 241-6000
  • (808) 241-6025
  • hokualakauai.com

Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1988), Jack Nicklaus (2011)
Type: Resort
Greens: TifEagle
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Standard golf attire is required at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. No t-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, cut-off shorts or denim. Covered footwear or golf specific sandals only.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7120 yards 76.2 142
Blue 72 6675 yards 73.5 134
White 72 6252 yards 71.6 130
White (W) 72 6252 yards 77.0 136
Red (W) 72 5377 yards 72.4 124
Red 72 5377 yards 67.5 122

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 49 Reviews
5 stars:
23
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

46 out of 48 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Great for advanced golfers  

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"Very Enjoyable"


cwimer62's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very nice course with some breath taking views. Course was in very good condition. Pace of play was superb. Very nice pro shop and the staff is TOP NOTCH. Trust me folks, you won't be disappointed playing this track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pretty course with a decent front 9 and great back 9"


LICC's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017

Reviewed on

This is a top-notch resort course that really stands out on the water-side holes on the back-9. The front is decent with some good holes but nothing really stands out. The back-9 is much more interesting and striking. Kauai is gorgeous and several holes play along the water across from the backdrop of the hills and mountains. There is also a hole that is closer than I ever thought I would be to an airport runway (waving to the passengers as they landed while I was on the tee box was fun!). This used to be called the Lagoons Course. The course has a good number of forced carries and risk-reward features. The course is not walkable due to some steep elevations from greens to tees.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



"Can't wait to play it again!"


amratlal's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Absolutely amazing course! The course went through renovations and recently opened up the front nine so now you can play all 18 holes. Really like the layout of the course. The course has a good mix of short and long holes. The short holes will tempt you to go for it even though you know the better choice is to hit an iron off the tee. On the longer holes you can let loose without fear. Bunkers are well placed to give you something to think about on approach shots but doesn't destroy your scorecard. Be prepared for up to a two club wind on the back nine but that's typical for Hawaiian courses along the coast.

The course is in great shape with the only knock being the greens on the front nine are very young so the will not hold your approach and will roll slow ( we were told this when we started our round). In another 6 months they should play great.

The price of the round is up there but found a decent deal on TeeOff to bring the cost down a bit. You will still be paying over $100 for this quality of a course and it's worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ocean views"


u000007152317's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Formerly Kaua'i Lagoons, Timbers has taken over the property from Marriott. Only the back nine is open.

Ocean and bay views are fantastic! Best on the island. The greens are Tif Eagle and slow. Layout fun. "Signature" hole is 16, but I think it is silly. Best hole is par 3 15th hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"With stunning views, Hokuala another example of great Kauai golf"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The back nine gets all the attention, and it should. There's a stretch of five holes that plays right on the ocean, and they are all they are cracked up to be. But the rest of this Nicklaus Signature Course isn't too shabby either. In fact, when the wind is up, the front nine, which is a little bit inland, might be more enjoyable since it's shielded somewhat from the elements. Either way, it's a terrific experience and should only get better as the new owners invest in a front nine renovation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great value"


tomwallace13's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I did the member for a week and loved aĺ 7 rounds. I was 1st off the tee most days and played in about 2hrs and 20 minutes. The outside staff was great. I couldn't be treated better. The front 9 plays long first thing in am if wet. I cannot wait to see how it plays when they redo it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lots of wow factor"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

After undergoing a renovation a few years ago, the back nine (Kiele Moana) stands up to just about any stretch of golf in Hawaii in terms of its wow factor. Holes 4, 5, 6 & 7 represent the longest continuous stretch of holes on the ocean in the Aloha State and they're more than scenic, they're interesting. The other nine has merit, too, though, even without the ocean views. Overall, Kauai Lagoons is one of the more memorable courses in all of Hawaii.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lagoons"


gragra1g's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A sensational, very challenging course. Beautiful scenery to boot. Not for hackers. Some tee offs required to hit 200 yards to clear danger, lost ball. A pleasure to play, would not hesitate to recommend. Only complaint was couldn't find anywhere for a drink after round. Staff very friendly, especially in clubhouse


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Excellent top notch course."


isepulveda's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/27/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in excellent condition. Staff is great. Some holes along the coast are spectacular. It is a long and challenging course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course was one of our all time favorites."


E195037's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You can't beat the views on the back nine. The front nine with the tropical landscaping is scenic too. The entire course was in pristine condition and the staff was extremely friendly. The starter did an excellent job spacing groups so we were never bunched up. We got a terrific Sunday rate which made it even better. If you are traveling to Kauai this is a must.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sunday at the Kauia Logoons"


William4943953's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/4/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good rate on Sunday special. Course in good shape, greens rolling fairly fast. Pace of play fairly good. Not an easy course, need to hit it good to score well. Not sure that I would come back at the $165 rate, other options on Kauia at a better rate.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great shape"


ronrogers24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed ourselves very much! Course was in good shape!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Kauai Lagoons is a top pick"


suffia's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

We loved this course, we played well, maybe because we rubbed the Buddha's tummy on 1. Read the course description and where to aim when trade winds are up, might be hard to aim that far left or right, but trust the advise. Also when they say three clubs more, they mean it! Greens were true, wide fairways, great course for women. I shoot a lower ball flight than my husband so the wind bothered me less. I actually beat him (with handicap). Views are spectacular. This is a must play. We were there in July and had no players in front of us. It was 84 and wind felt very nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Exceptional"


u000005017223's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The views on this course were absolutely beautiful, mountains, ocean, had a hard time concentrating on golf.<br/> We will be playing here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was great!"


u000004291906's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/30/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only negative was that the Bev cart cost a small fortune? $35. 50 for 2 bottle of booze, a can of juice and 2 beers. They charge $10 for the airplane bottles and then charge my wife $4 for the juice she mixed with the $10 rum.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"18 holes in 3 hours."


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/24/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a great course. Especially for the price. I booked a twilight tee time through GolfNow.com for $75 plus $35 for club rentals. I played with another twosome in 3 hours. I'm used to playing at home in about 5 1/2, so this was a treat. The course was in great shape and had awesome views. I was planning on playing Poipu Bay, but may just go back to Kauai Lagoons again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Kauai Lagoons was the most beautiful course"


milleradventure's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/21/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Kauai Lagoons was the most beautiful golf course I have played in Hawaii.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A Kauai Gem"


drschnaars's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course right by LIH airport. There are 3 9's: All are breezy. Moana is on the ocean. Fairways were in perfect shape when we played in June. Entire staff was super friendly and helpful. Not crowded at all.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The ocean rules at Kauai Lagoons"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Change has been a constant for Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, the only Jack Nicklaus design on Kauai.<br/> Nicklaus originally designed 36 holes before constant tinkering cut the course to just 18 holes for awhile.<br/> A renovation completed in May 2011 brought the club back to 27 holes and, more important, created the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii. Work also upgraded bunkers, moved several traps around and put Tif-eagle grass on the greens.<br/> Golfweek ranked Kauai Lagoons eighth among the top public golf courses in Hawaii in 2013. Sweeping views of the Pacific and beautiful bays highlight the Kiele Moana nine (translating to "ocean"). The trade winds really kick into high gear on this nine, making the ocean holes from nos. 4-7 play ultra tough.<br/> The Kiele Course's front nine -- named Mauka, which means "to the mountains" -- crawls through the jungle. This demanding par-37 loop features three par 5s in the first six holes. A new back tee on the fourth hole turned a monstrous par 4 into a reachable par 5. The do-or-die tee shot at the par-3 fifth hole might seem tough until you reach the feared 18th hole, a 459-yard par 4 playing into the howling trade winds with water up the right side and jungle along the left. It takes an all-carry poke over the water to reach the green.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Gorgeous vistas over challenging valley carry holes."


u000007366350's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/29/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The daily pin placement/"local knowledge" card on the cart provided great tips, complemented by the on-cart GPS. Pace of play could be improved upon by sending out foursomes instead of twosomes - not everyone wants to play with strangers, but we seem to always meet nice folks on the golf course, so we don't mind getting paired up.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




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