This Hawaii golf course is a 2,981-yard, 9 hole public course, which was once part of a Kauai sugar plantation owner’s estate. It is the eighth oldest course in Hawaii. Located in Kalaheo, about 15 minutes from
Poipu Beach, the Kukuiolono Golf Course is one of Hawaii golf ’s best-kept secrets. Kauai’s gorgeous golf courses are often pricey but a voluntary contribution for green fees at Kukuiolono allows for all day play. Kukuiolono is situated on top of an extinct Kauai volcano, which affords sweeping ocean and mountain views. The scenic park and golf course, perched on the top of a hill, offer a 360-degree perspective of the southwestern portion of Kauai. While there are no water hazards, Kukuiolono Golf Course has something most courses don’t have – a beautiful Japanese bonsai garden in the middle of a fairway close to the 8th tee, and ruins of ancient Hawaiian rock structures near the 3rd green.
With fewer hazards than most Hawaii golf courses and very wide fairways, Kukuiolono is especially fun for beginners, although the constantly changing trade winds add a special challenge for all players. Golfers can avoid the windiest conditions by playing early in the day. Some of the greens have sand bunkers that are more Scottish-links-style, with grass growing raggedly on their edges and even into the bunkers. Two sets of tees allow for playing the nine holes again as a slightly different second nine.
Kukuiolono Golf Course facilities include a clubhouse, a driving range, and a small putting green. Pull carts and electric golf cars are available at the pro shop. For a change of pace from resort golf on Kauai and for its low green fees, Kukuiolono Golf Course is good choice for Kauai visitors.
Kukuiolono Golf Course
854 Puu Road, Kalaheo, HI 96741