Puakea Golf Course

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4.3
246
5 Stars
84
4 Stars
136
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
99.5%
Recommend this course
237 out of 245 reviews
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4.6
8
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
8 out of 8 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
22
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
Recommend this course
22 out of 22 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6954
Slope 130
Rating 73.1
Type Public
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Puakea Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 6954 yards 73.1 130
Blue 72 6471 yards 70.6 128
White 72 6061 yards 68.8 124
White (W) 72 6061 yards 75.1 129
Red 72 5225 yards 64.8 115
Red (W) 72 5225 yards 69.8 119
Scorecard for Puakea Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Green M: 73.1/130 404 558 407 180 359 176 389 510 438 3421 401 560 397 228 390 446 134 455 522 3533 6954
Blue M: 70.6/128 390 530 367 149 342 176 364 489 410 3217 363 528 356 200 369 403 120 420 495 3254 6471
White M: 68.8/124 W: 75.1/129 373 476 348 141 331 156 330 466 386 3007 329 510 339 171 345 380 109 393 478 3054 6061
Red M: 64.8/115 W: 69.8/119 296 426 321 120 302 113 249 411 346 2584 306 446 298 118 310 328 100 310 425 2641 5225
Handicap 7 13 5 11 17 9 3 15 1 8 10 4 12 14 6 18 2 16
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 3 5 17 11 15 13 7 1 14 2 6 16 10 8 18 12 4

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robin Nelson (2003) Wadsworth Golf Construction (2003) Robin Nelson (1997)

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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4.3
246

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Brunch 10
19th Hole Specials 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 50
Elevation Changes 40
Water Hazards 37
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 38
Locals 29
Seniors 29
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 53
Near the Airport 51
Near Local Attractions 13
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Returned after several years

This is a great course for the money. The layout is good, course conditions were great. Pace of play was very slow. We had a foursome in front of us that had to be 2 holes behind. It finally became so frustrating that we skipped a hole so that we could finish in a reasonable time. No marshalls. It would have been a 5 1/2 +++ round if we wouldn't have skipped a hole. But it was a holiday weekend and rookies were out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Spectacular value golf

Spectacular scenery next to mountains in Kauai beautiful course pace of play was great great value at $70

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good conditions good vistas

Plenty of difficulties to consider. Enjoyed the round very much.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Must play on Kauai !!

Do not mistake the fact that this is not a "resort" course. Plays in the natural surroundings with plenty of variety on each hole. Greens are in excellent shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Golf especially for the money in Hawaii

The course was in great condition with beautiful views and interesting holes. Pace of play was good. Practice range was okay not great. Got a good tuna sandwich for a reasonable price with chips included. One negative was the lack of covers for clubs on the carts and with a bit of rain during the round that was somewhat concerning. But overall it was a good track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Puakea

Very nice course & fun to play. Unfortunately greens had just been air rated and sanded but was not advised till I arrived at course

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Maybe the best deal in Kauai?

Played this course twice. After six nice but standard hole, we get to a more hilly part, and we’re in for a great ride. The back nine is very solid, specially the 11 to 18 hole where you have to think your way on a very good design . Golf is not cheap in Kauai but at 85$ this is a very good deal. Also the café is a popular spot and the food is good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good, bad and the ugly.

Overall pretty good course. It is challenging and requires some target golf and course management. I am a higher handicapper, 1st time playing this course and 1st time playing this year and I still managed to par a few holes.

I decided to stick with a 3 wood instead of driver to minimize hazard issues from wayward drives. Greens roll fairly true and are pretty good shape.

Great driving range, they have a restaurant but never tried the food yet. bathrooms available but no sink in the bathrooms and more upkeep needed as they were smelly. Golf carts were nice, nice paths to drive on, good signage, friendly staff.. We will purchase a multiplay card to save a few dollars on our rounds.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best 18 hope value on Kauai

This was the 12 th time to play this course. Over the years they keep improving it. Good practice facility as well. Only negative is you have no ocean view holes but you do have some very scenic holes. Fun to play for all handicaps!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Windy weather
Used cart

The Good & the Bad

Weather and course were great, pace of play was excellent (played 18 in 4 hours, 10 minutes). Too bad my game has deteriorated, but then, we all loved the opportunity to be out here.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great value

Great layout — not a ‘trick’ hole on the course. Very nice condition. Very congenial staff. Played as a single on an early Friday afternoon in just under three hours. Only minor gripe is with the bunkers — they were a little ‘chunky’ and I don’t think it was only because golfers in Hawaii apparently have an aversion to raking bunkers! It looked to me that they probably don’t dress them in the morning every day. All in all, though, very enjoyable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Value. Loved the course.

While on vacation from Arizona, I found this course and played it about 11:30. The course was well protected so the wind was rarely a factor. It was a challenge from the blue tees, but fairways were pretty wide open. Not really a long hitter with a handicap of about 20-23. The greens were in excellent shape and rolled true but a little quick at times. Had an enjoyable time with playing time of just about 4 1/2 hours. Would certainly play it again and would recommend it to friends.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sweet surprise

The rebuilt Puakea course is a beauty, with the one exception that it (realistically) can't be walked. Course designers in Hawaii don't understand that golf is a walking game.

Otherwise, it is as wonderful a layout as any in Hawaii, for a third of the price, and good practice facilities. Need challenge? The green tees are 7,000 yards. No green is without sand traps. The old par 3 course holes are still amazing.

Encourage you to give it a try

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Value

Read about this course on Golf Now so gave it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. $45 green fee including golf cart exceptional value. Great layout, playing from the blues is a good challenge. We are here for 3 weeks and this will be our regular place to play. We can play here four times for the price to play at one of the high end courses. So glad we gave this a try.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

nice course

This was my second time playing this course when we have been visiting Kauai. It is a nice course with some interesting holes and it was in pretty good condition. We just had the bad luck of getting behind 3 groups of women who were slow enough to add an extra hour plus to our round. There was no marshall on the course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented On 01/02/2018

dhags5 - Didn't see any sexism in the comment...he just stated the slow groups ahead were females...would you have been upset if he'd said the 3 groups of old men or young kids? Just stating facts.

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dhags5
Commented On 12/01/2017

Why is it relevant that the slow groups in front of you were women? Please reconsider your future comments with a less sexist world view.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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