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Kauai’s newest must-play course

Kukui'ula's Tom Weiskopf design offers countless options for golfers.

by Southland GolfPublished: August, 2012

The Golf Club at Kukui’ula is a private, 18-hole signature design by Tom Weiskopf at the heart of Kukui’ula, Hawaii’s first major, luxury, residential community to be built in a more than a decade.

On the southern coastline of Kauai, the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, this creation by the architect of more than 50 renowned courses worldwide provides a memorable, island-style golf experience for players of all ages and skill levels.

Opened in June 2011, the championship 7,000-yard layout featuring paspalum turf and sand-plated fairways follows the landscape’s natural flow through the coffee fields, meadows and rolling hillsides of Kukui’ula, bringing into play countless options throughout a round.

Brian Paul, head golf professional by way of the TPC Stonebrae Club in Marin County, Calif., suggests first time players to use imagination on approach shots.

“Don’t automatically select a wedge when playing short shots around the greens,” he said. “This is a perfect environment for hitting low running chips and bump and run shots. I think it adds a lot of options to your game and rewards creative players.”

Players are further rewarded with picturesque surroundings of native flora and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Kukui'ula Harbor and Spouting Horn–one of the island’s famous natural wonders.

The signature hole is No. 14, a drivable par-4 at 291 yards that flows to an oceanside green.

Accolades include being named best new private course in 2011 by Golf Magazine and a nod from the May issue of Robb Report for Best of the Best golf course.