Puakea Golf Course

4.2037411765 4.2 stars from 5 (235)
  • 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 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 235 Reviews
5 stars:
79
4 stars:
130
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

226 out of 234 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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"Best 18 hope value on Kauai"


Donald5891560's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



MikeFegan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Used cart 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: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Good & the Bad"


Mel4wine's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2018
Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great value"


u000005101255's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent Value. Loved the course."


u00000124629's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sweet surprise"


brentfao's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Value"


u321434790's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"nice course"


rwong65's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


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.


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.



U000005332120's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Best Course on Kauai"


Golfaudrey's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
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Reviewed on

Had a wonderful round here!

Staff is super friendly and helpful.

Interesting and challenging layout with great views of mountains shrouded in mist.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging and beautiful course"


jimhillis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my second time playing the course. I found it much more fun this time and a better course than I remembered from two years ago. There's quite a variety of holes, wth the back nine more challenging and scenic. But there are a lot of traps, and I found many of them. This course is a good buy compared to many of the scenic courses on Kauai.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Last round"


Patwjones's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Before heading back to the mainland this was my last round. Had great breakfast to start and some locals to play with as I was a single. Had a great round and will be back the next time on Kauai


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"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


"Excellent Value"


JeffMyslinski's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

My wife and I golfed here in May. The course is located near Costco which was great. They offer a great discount card there to golf at the course. We only played the front 9 holes, but did a quick cruise around the back 9. The back is deeper into the jungle, whereas the front is very open with less character. I will definately golf here again, it is a good course with several challenging holes. If you want to save some cash, take a zodiac cruise for the ocean views, and golf here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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



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