Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 16
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 16
The cliffs come alive on the 16th hole at Poipu Bay Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 17
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 17
Flying over the jungle is no easy task to reach the 17th green at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - clubhouse
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - clubhouse
The clubhouse at Poipu Bay Golf Course overlooks the 18th green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 18
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 18
Water protects the 18th green at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 16
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 16
A lava-rock wall lines the 16th fairway at Poipu Bay Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 13
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 13
A pond sits next to the 13th green at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 11
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 11
Trade winds wreak havoc on the 11th hole at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 7
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - hole 7
The par-3 seventh hole at Poipu Bay Golf Course plays 179 yards. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Poipu Bay Golf Course - no. 16
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - no. 16
The scenery of the 16th hole at Poipu Bay Golf Course can't be beat. Courtesy of Poipu Bay G.C.
Poipu Bay Golf Course - aerial shot
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - aerial shot
Poipu Bay Golf Course hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994-2006. Courtesy of Poipu Bay G.C.
Poipu Bay Golf Course - sea views
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - sea views
The Pacific Ocean meets the cliffs along the 16th hole at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Courtesy of Poipu Bay G.C.

Ride the wind at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai in Hawaii

KOLOA, Kauai, Hawaii -- The PGA Grand Slam of Golf moved on years ago, but Poipu Bay Golf Course still proudly holds onto its legacy as, arguably, the most successful host of the event.

The Grand Slam brings together the season's four major winners for a two-day shootout every fall. Poipu Bay hosted from 1994-2006, basking in the spotlight brought by an electric Tiger Woods, who won it seven times, and magical Phil Mickelson, who shot a 59 on the final day to win in 2004.

Poipu Bay, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design next to the excellent Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, climaxes with holes 15-17 along a 150-foot sea cliff. A greens renovation added seashore paspalum in 2011, ensuring good conditions year round. Trade winds might blow your score out of bounds, but all that scenery, followed by drinks and the excellent food served at the clubhouse, should ease the pain. In 2013 Golfweek ranked Poipu Bay ninth among the top golf courses in Hawaii.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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