Kauai’s Princeville Prince Course offering special $100 rate

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KAUA’I, Hawaii — The celebrated Princeville Prince Course in Kaua’i is offering a special rate of $100 through the end of October. The course aerified its greens at the end of September, but the turf is recovering nicely and golfers are taking advantage of playing the course at this bargain price anytime before 3 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to give golfers the chance to play one of the best courses in Hawaii and one of the most acclaimed courses in the entire country at this special rate,” said Steve Murphy, Prince Course Director of Golf, PGA. “The aerification of greens is a necessary process that helps promote healthy conditions for turf growth. We like to use it as an opportunity to offer our guests this exclusive greens fee.”

The Prince Course has also launched a carefully orchestrated enhancements program that will not interrupt play and will include refining all bunkers with new, whiter sand and introduce the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum to its greens. The bunkers will be worked on one at a time and are expected to be completed by next spring. The introduction of the new Seashore Paspalum greens will also be done gradually. Seashore Paspalum was recently installed at two other acclaimed Kaua’i golf courses, Poipu Bay and Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort.

The Prince Course, named for Prince Albert, son of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, features majestic views from 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean. It was rated No. 1 out of nearly 90 courses in golf-rich Hawaii by Golf Digest and was ranked No. 67 on the magazine’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”

For more information or to book tee times 24 hours a day, visit www.princeville.com.

Poipu Bay to unveil renovated greens in December The newly renovated greens at the acclaimed Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kaua’i will be unveiled Dec. 16 following a nine-month restoration project.

The course – which is situated on 210 oceanfront acres adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa – replaced the original Tifdwarf Bermuda greens and installed Sea Shore Paspalum, a warm-season turf that requires less water and chemicals to maintain excellent conditions. The surface is also very player-friendly.

“The new greens will provide a more consistent speed year-round, creating a better overall golf experience for our guests,” said Craig Sasada, Poipu Bay’s Director of Golf. “We are very pleased with the progress of the renovation thus far, and we’re looking forward to welcoming golfers back to Poipu Bay beginning December 16.”

In addition to the greens project, Poipu Bay’s 21,000-square-foot clubhouse is undergoing refurbishment, including locker room renovation, new carpeting and repainting. The restaurant at the clubhouse is closed, but Poipu Bay’s award-winning Golf Shop remains open for business Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Sundays.

Poipu Bay – a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design – is the former home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and was ranked No. 5 out of more than 90 courses in Hawaii in last month’s GOLF Magazine biennial “Best Courses You Can Play” by state list.

Together with the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa it has been ranked as one of the best golf resorts in the world by national publications. The oceanfront resort features lush gardens with manicured lawns, six restaurants and six lounges, a water playground with a river pool, waterfalls, a 150-foot water slide, a saltwater lagoon, tennis and the award-winning Anara Spa.

For more information call (808) 742-8711 or visit www.poipubaygolf.com.

Puakea Golf Course to Host Kaua’i Invitational College-Am The University of Hawaii Warrior golf team will host the second annual Kaua’i Collegiate Invitational College-Am at Puakea Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Each two-person team will be paired with two Division II college players in a best-ball format (1 low gross/1 low net) in this 8 a.m. shotgun start. In addition to the University of Hawaii, eight other college teams will participate, including the defending champion University of San Diego, Seattle University, Northern Colorado University, Gonzaga University, University of Texas-San Antonio, Hawaii Pacific University, University of British Columbia (Canada) and Japan’s Osaka Gakuin University.

The event – which is presented by Nike Golf & Golf Concepts – costs $135 per player and includes greens fees, continental breakfast, Nike golf shirt, awards luncheon and a chance for prizes. Hole sponsorships start at $125 and six exclusive Nike Performance Packages are available for $1,500 each.

For more information, contact Puakea’s General Manager Dave Werner at (866) 773-5554.

Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club honors military with special rate With Veteran’s Day fast approaching (Nov. 11), now is as good a time as any for military personnel to take advantage of the “Fairway Furloughs” Military Golf Program at Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club, the renowned Jack Nicklaus-design located adjacent to the Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach in Lihue.

The “Fairways Furlough” is offered by select Marriot Golf properties across the U.S. and is designed to honor the nation’s Armed Forces by presenting special rates on green fees. Active duty and retired military can play Kaua’i Lagoons for just $60. The program is available any day of the week, year round.

Tee times can be made up to three days in advance, and a valid military ID card must be presented. For more information call (800) 634-6400 or visit www.kauailagoonsgolf.com.

About “Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green” Kaua’i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches — more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. Only four percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use. For more information about golf on the Garden Isle visit www.Kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing/, www.twitter.com/KauaiGolf, or call (800) 262-1400.

The unique attributes of the golf destination cooperative “Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green” include:

1. Princeville Golf Courses (www.princeville.com) 45 holes of golf — the 27-hole Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort and the 18-hole Prince Golf Course — all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The Prince Course (800.826.1105) is rated the No. 1 course in the state and was rated No. 67 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2009-10″
The Makai Golf Club (www.makaigolf.com/, 808.826.1912) reopened in 2010 after an extensive 15-month renovation and now features the 18-hole Makai Course and the 9-hole Woods Course The St. Regis Princeville Resort just completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and opened the first week of October 2009

2. Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400) Voted, along with Kaua’i Marriott Resort, one of the “Top 50 Resort Courses” worldwide by GolfWorld magazine in its “2009 Readers’ Choice Awards”
Currently 18 of the 36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus are in play, consisting of nine holes from the Kiele Course and nine holes from the Mokihana Course. The Kiele Ocean nine is receiving extensive upgrades, including the addition of one new ocean hole that will create a one-half-mile long stretch of oceanfront golf. Completion of the Kiele Ocean nine is scheduled for May 2011
The front nine holes feature the par-3 fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest

3. Poipu Bay Golf Course (www.poipubaygolf.com, 800.858.6300) Along with Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa rated No. 16 in GolfWorld’s “America’s Top 50 Resort Courses, 2009″
Four closing holes play atop a 150-foot sea cliff
Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 through 2006, it has frequently hosted players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and other major champions
Course is currently closed for greens renovation with a reopening planned for December 16, 2010

4. Puakea Golf Course (www.puakeagolf.com, 866.773.5554) Consistently rated a favorite among Kaua’i golfers in local media outlets and ranked as the No. 15 course in Hawaii by Golfweek.
Golf Course Architect Robin Nelson used the natural layout of the land when he planned this layout, testing golfers of all levels and treating them to beautiful views of Mt. Ha’upu and deep lush ravines on several holes.
Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case

About the KVB and HVCB The Kaua’i Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is contracted by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawai’i’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawai’i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawai’i’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.