Puakea Golf Course

4.1953000000 4.2 stars from 5 (215)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6954 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

  • 4150 Nuhou Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, Kauai County
  • (808) 245-8756, (866) 773-5554
  • (808) 246-8537
  • www.puakeagolf.com
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Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Robin Nelson
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Men: Collared Shirts, Women: Resort Attire
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 6954 yards 73.3 135
Blue 72 6471 yards 71.0 129
White 72 6061 yards 69.2 123
Red (W) 72 5225 yards 69.3 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 215 Reviews
5 stars:
73
4 stars:
116
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

206 out of 214 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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u000005856394's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play on the back nine is slow and there is no marshal to speed things us. The starter did not monitor the groups starting and as a result people would go off the first tee when ever they felt like it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Value"


KSLane's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly and welcoming staff. Fun and challenging course. Felt it was a good value for Hawaiian golf. Small but well-stocked pro shop. Grill options and drink cart could be improved.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course value anywhere, but especially Hawaii."


PapaPaul's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course provides a great golf Hawaii experience. Course was in excellent condition, very friendly staff, beautiful mountain views, good pace of play (even though they were busy) and a great greens fee. We will definitely play here again on our next visit to the island.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good price"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The staff was outstanding and very friendly. There had been a lot of rain and the course was pretty muddy. It was the cheapest course to play on the island, but I'd pay a little more for a nicer course. Great food at the restaurant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"KAUIA GOLF"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

GREAT COURSE BUT SENIOR TEES SHOULD BE ADDED


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Judy"


u413281918's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course among all the pricey ones on the island lots of sand!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A real gem, even if a little scruffy"


TopcatGolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This is a top-notch layout, starting from the very first hole with a stream lined with lava rocks snaking along the right side. Highlight is the par 3 6th with the dramatic downhill elevation change. This course has managed to remain homey and low-key, although you're afraid that some developer will come in and make it all resort-y any day now and start charging double the price or more. It would still be worth a visit. It's really an excellent, fun to play and it remains THE golf value on the island. There were some scruffy spots here and there, though. Around a few greens, there were some bare dirt patches, and several greens had that crabgrass-like weed that marred the putting surface, although they stay very flat and remained putt-able.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great day on the course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is always a pleasure to play this course.....always very lush.....very scenic and challenging. We. Will be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tale of two cities"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

First the good. The layout of this course is spectacular and a real fair and fun test. Mountain views add to the beauty. The front nine winds through a Costco and a sub-division. The back is pristine and just excellent.

Now the bad. Muni. Muni. Muni. The paspalum greens on the front are slow. On the back, they are gnarley and slow. The par threes are difficult for muni players and we had three groups waiting/playing the same hole. Of course there is no ranger. We played on Memorial Day and there was no cart girl. The rental clubs are Stone Age. Atrocious.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Kauai Golf Value"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Puakea is a great value for any golfer/ The course staff is first rate, extremely helpful and friendly. The course offers challenges for golfers of all abilities. I can't wait to play there again and again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"An Experience To Remember"


laurieannknndy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was such a great surprise! We were greeted by Richard who helped us navigate the details of play of this beautiful course. Range balls and cart were included in our fee which was a definite value. Each hole presents a new challenge and a spectacular view. It was a great course for those who like the challenge of something new and not too intimidating for not so great golfers. It was a day I will always remember on my trip to Kauai....a must play if you are an adventurous golfer!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


GaryG2C's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a lot of interesting holes that requires you to think more, especially when the trade winds are up. However, the greens were inconsistent with half of them being rather bumpy (looked like a different grass was infiltrating) but the rest were very smooth and rolled well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice layout and scenery"


u000008031270's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Puakea is a nicely layed out course with lots of variety. It is quite scenic, although there are lots of houses alongside some holes. It is not a 'resort' course, but the rates are far more reasonable. No beverage/snack cart on day we played. I would play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The greens need a lot of im[provement"


phatzell's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course layout is very nice. The bunkers and the greens need a lot of work.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Had a Blast!"


Catherinelarson013's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had never played this course before and loved it! The course views once we headed for the mountains was something out of Jurassic Park!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun round of golf in beautiful weather"


u000007990773's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Quickly greeted by the outside service person. Our check-in was friendly. We are going to soon move there so the staff person in the pro shop gave us information on joining the club at the course and explained the benefits of membership. All staff we saw was very friendly. At the conclusion of our round, we were greeted and asked how our round was and clubs taken off our cart. All in all a very fun round of golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rough greens"


Blueberry1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A lot of greens are in pretty bad shape. A lot of money for the conditions. Signs say no food or beverages to be brought in but no carts to get anything to eat or drink. Water was available on a few holes but some were empty. Very slow play


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Feb2016"


LusernameW's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

First and foremost, they should be ashamed to charge you $30-40 to rent these clubs. They are very beat up old Nike SQ. My wife's 3-wood had a big dent in the top and a driver with a dent too. Putter grip was completely down to the cloth, which I swapped out after front 9. If you're renting clubs, RENT THEM ELSEWHERE. The experience with the clubs makes for a frustrating round. Otherwise the course is pretty decent for the price on Kauai, and nice views in many places. Somewhat different feel to the front 9 vs. back 9. Greens not great on some holes, but most ok and other landscaping very nice. Course staff was nice to deal with.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views."


msmrcek's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The views are amazing. Some greens are in bad shape. Very interesting layout not to hard. I would definitely play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Interesting and inconsistent"


aggiedoug's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is an interesting course with several pretty holes. It was in reasonable shape from tee to green, but the greens are very inconsistent. Some were in good condition and several were very bumpy with poor grass cover. Many bunkers come into play. Pace of play was good. Two of us took less than three hours starting at 8:30 am. Would recommend the nearby Wailua course for condition of the greens and value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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