Puakea Golf Course

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4.3
255
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
142
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.6
99.5%
Recommend this course
246 out of 255 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
9
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
18
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
Recommend this course
18 out of 18 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6954 yards
Slope 130
Rating 73.1
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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) 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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Reviews

4.3
255

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 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Scenic Beauty and a Good Test

Beautiful course. Weather didn’t cooperate in the morning but the afternoon was spectacular. Rain slowed down the course. A real test on the PAR 3’s. Mostly wide open fairways on the 4’s and 5’s. Convenient to most all resorts near Lihue. Well worth the cost. Will play it again.

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

Excellent

This is the best course on Kauai for the money! The green speed is perfect and the greens are in great condition. The staff is extremely professional. Many thanks to the starter Chris.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Great value and great staff

Challenging but fair track in great condition. Greens rolled fast and true. Great value and very friendly and accommodating staff of locals. By far the best value on the island. Play on a weekday and you can breeze through 18 in under 4 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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GMpuakea
Commented On 2019-02-18T17:57:47.000+00:00

Thanks for the awesome review of the course on your recent visit. We look forward to your return.

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Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Good times

Very professional staff- nice course - good paradise value!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-10T23:41:44.000+00:00

Happy to hear you enjoyed the course and staff! Hope to see you again soon!

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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-02T18:37:11.000+00:00

Thanks for playing Puakea and we're happy you enjoyed the course. Hope to see you back!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Wow

Great day. Gem on Kauai, grea6 layout, very good conditions. Great vistas of mountains. Only negative hole 9 you play along side road, traffic noise.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-10T23:42:15.000+00:00

Mahalo for playing Puakea and for the great review and feedback! Hope to see you again soon!

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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-02T18:41:53.000+00:00

Aloha! Thank you for joining us at Puakea. Glad you like the layout, conditions and views. Sorry about the issue on the 9th holes. We do hope to see you return for another round in the future.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

A gem of a course right in Lihue!

Great course, fast , true greens. Bunkers were a little washed out from the rains a few days ago.
Pace of play was excellent! Many beautiful holes and an interesting layout.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-10T23:44:32.000+00:00

Thanks for rating us a GEM! Mahalo for playing Puakea, hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-10T23:44:05.000+00:00

Mahalo M. Patrick for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great terrain and layout

This is a great layout and variety of holes. Good conditions and price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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GMpuakea
Commented On 2018-12-10T23:43:43.000+00:00

Mahalo for the great review, hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
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Commented On 2018-12-10T23:44:54.000+00:00

Mahalo Cliff for the great review, hope to see you again soon!

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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
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Commented On 2018-12-10T23:45:19.000+00:00

Glad you enjoyed the layout. Hope to see you again soon!

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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
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