Puakea Golf Course

4.1448000000 4.1 stars from 5 (222)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6954 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 222 Reviews
5 stars:
76
4 stars:
120
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

213 out of 221 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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Type of Golfer
Gender

"DD"


u000005164675's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome! Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, especially Richard


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tale of two courses"


buckabob48's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This 18 has dramatically different 9's. The front wanders through a residential area and is ok but nothing spectacular. The back is situated in the countryside and very nice, very scenic. Overall condition is very nice, particularly the greens...large and lush. The bunkers are typical volcanic red sand and thick but pretty well placed. All in all, a bargain and fun for a public course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000003114915's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
Previously played Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice fairways and greens"


u000004195880's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was very nice. No ocean view but enjoyed playing the course. Had challenging bunkers with good water hazards as well. Staff was wonderful. Will play here again.


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



u000007664085's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When someone tells you a course is across the street from Costco, your initial response is huh! This amazing course winds its way through residential areas and then in and out of the rain forest. Highlights include dramatic par 3s over water and unique changes in elevation. It is a bargain at its price and should not be missed. We've played it for years on our trips to Kauai and are never disappointed. Have fun!!!!!


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


"Great Course but Slow Play"


u00000868239's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was a beautiful, well maintained golf course on a beautiful Hawaiian day with light trade winds. However, the pace of play was SLOW...took almost 5 hours to complete our round, but will be back. Beautiful views.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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



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