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4.2
266 Reviews (266)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.5
95.9%
Recommend this course
256 out of 266 reviews
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4.6
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
1
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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4.2
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.2
93.3%
Recommend this course
14 out of 15 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6954 yards
Slope 130
Rating 73.1
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Puakea Golf Course
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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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4.2
266 Reviews (266)

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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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Jurassic Park ,best price for Hawaii

First, we were met in the parking lot with a cart by a friendly manta o take our clubs. We checked in and were told of a great deal for golf 5 days $350. If you ever play in Hawaii, you know this is a deal. Large putting green, practice bunker and driving range. The course was well groomed, wide open-but challenging. True , and well maintained greens. Beautiful mountains surround the course. It is where some of Jurrasic Park was filmed. Number 6 is an over-water shot with elevated tees. I never used the right club. Fun times every time, great staff, a great restaurant. Many locals are there just for the food. We like to arrive first thing at 7am, or between 10-12, when we are the only ones teeing off.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Lovely course

Puakea is a beautiful course on Kauai. The views are exquisite. Nice layout. Some very challenging holes that are well defended as well as some beautiful par 3’s. Wished I lived closer (am in NY!)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

My favorite course in Kauai! So beautiful in the mountains, layout is great same for the conditions, not crowded... a must play!

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

Great course.

This course is a winner and I will definitely play there again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course was ok for the money. Club house staff were unfriendly. Beverage cart staff was very friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/17/2019

Mahalo for playing Puakea and for taking the time to offer us some feedback.

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Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wonderful golf course and incredible value for a quality course

We loved everything about Puakea Golf course! We didn't expect much as it wasn't as pricey as other courses in Hawaii but we got amazing value and were very impressed by the immaculate golf course. Fun to play, beautiful views of the mountains, friendly staff. What is there not to like about this course? Even if you book the special, arrive early as they are flexible and will let you play earlier if there are earlier tee times. A must go! My second best golf score in Golf. Thank you!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Worst staff ever

Booked on GolfNow and we were not told course closed at 6:00 instead of sunset at 7:30. Upon arrival, told carts had to be returned by 6:00 - we thought that meant we could choose to walk last few holes if needed. However, when we arrived at 6:05, we were met rudely and threatened with having our cars locked inside the gate. I work in the industry, and am a pretty reasonable person and have not left a negative review for anything, anywhere before this. However, I’ve never been treated more rudely in my life - first by cafe employee, then by cart service employees, then by the manager I spoke with the next day after hours trying to reach the actual Pro Shop (they almost never answer, instead using a booking service).
The course is nice, but the staff does not care about your business.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/17/2019

Mahalo for your candid feedback. We would love to have our management staff reach out to you directly to discuss further if you can please send us an email with your contact ph# to info@puakeagolf.com. Again, thank you for taking the time to provide us a review.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

Many Good Things, Many to Improve

From a purely golf standpoint, I would recommend Puakea as a good value for the money on Kauai. The layout is interesting and offers good challenges to average players
like me and my wife. The mountains offer a beautiful
backdrop. Greens are in good shape but you have to get used to how slow they roll. Lag putts really have to be
hit HARD.. You seem to putting against the grain a lot. Many
of the holes are a lot more scenic than you'll find at the
average muni. Puakea is several cuts above that level for sure. The downsides are as follows: Cart guy Christian was a pompous, arrogant jerk who didn't even turn around to acknowledge me when I walked up to get the cart. Someone
needs to school this guy in basic customer etiquette. Or fire him. Second, the course does ZERO to help you with
yardages: no yardage stakes, no markers in the fairway,
nothing. You want more business, then make it easy and speed play with aids to the golfer -- especially the first time player. Food in restaurant was good but here again, the service was poor, slow, and indifferent. Hire people who show they care. If you don't have GPS then help the golfer in other ways: other courses that aren't of Puakea's quality do it and so should Puakea. Do a better job of keeping weeds out of fairway grass -- 17 or 18 had issues with this. you can too. Only a few things to make a good day a whole lot better; we'll be back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Mahalo for the detailed feedback you are able to provide to us! We appreciate you taking the time to give us a review.

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

Great value for the money

Lovely course, friendly staff. Down home feel, not high end. Everything in Kauai is so expensive it’s nice to find a course for a reasonable cost.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 03/29/2019

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

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
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 Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing, hope to see you again soon at Puakea!

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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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Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing and providing such great feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
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Commented on 03/29/2019

WOW, Steven, thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoyed Puakea!

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Course was very nice but rental clubs were really expensive

We really liked the course and the great landscape. Also the course was in great shape. The price for our rental clubs (40$ each) on the other hand was nearly as high as the green fee.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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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Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing and offering us a nice review. Hope to see you again soon!

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Commented on 02/18/2019

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

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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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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Commented on 12/10/2018

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

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Commented on 12/02/2018

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
Verified Purchaser
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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Commented on 12/10/2018

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

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Commented on 12/02/2018

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
Verified Purchaser
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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Commented on 12/10/2018

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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Commented on 12/10/2018

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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Commented on 12/10/2018

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

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