Puakea Golf Course: A fun ride right off the plane on Kauai, Hawaii

LIHUE, Hawaii -- Just minutes from the airport, Puakea Golf Course is not only a local favorite, but a great value choice for your first or last round on any Kauai golf trip.

Designed by Robin Nelson, the course traverses up and down ravines with plenty of water, sand and mountain views to keep your interest all day long. Playing nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees, there's more than enough challenge for good players while three more sets of tees provide a fair test for all levels.

Puakea's signature holes include the par-3 sixth, where the green is about 100 feet below the tee just on the other side of a pond, and the par-4 12th that works down and around a large tree and lake to the right. Excellent practice facilities that include a fully grassed driving range and a terrific restaurant that draws a large non-golf crowd round out the experience.

Nov 17, 2014

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.