The Ultimate Island Greens
Golf and much more flowers in the beautiful wildness of Kaua‘i.
The fourth-largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Kaua‘i is also its oldest, with a lush, rugged prehistoric beauty that fittingly served as the set for Jurassic Park. Defined by emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs, “the Garden Isle” overflows with tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls—a feral landscape that highlights some of the most surreal golf milieux on the planet. At the stunning courses at Princeville Makai, Poʻipū Bay, Puakea, Wailua and Hōkūala, holes cling to oceanside cliffs above frothing waves, traverse canyons filled with towering mango trees and crouch near mountains that even impress Coloradans. The resorts associated with these courses—the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on the north shore and Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort and Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort on the south—immerse you in cosseting luxury without sparing the island’s natural splendor. Located northeast of Poʻipū Bay, near the Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hōkūala, Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club and Residences affords the opportunity to buy a piece of paradise. gogolfkauai.com
Canyon Dig It?
Called by Mark Twain “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the namesake attraction in Waimea Canyon State Park is 14 mile long, a mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. Drive to the top and take in the rugged crags and deep valley gorges, or hike the Waipo‘o Falls Trail through the canyon. hawaiistateparks.org
For a taste of heaven, tuck into some seared Hawaiian hapu, tempura lobster tail ramen or any of Chef Jean-Marie Josselin’s creations at Jo2 Natural Cuisine (jotwo.com) in Kapaʻa. Sweet tooth? Indulge in a scoop of one of the 25 only-in-Kauaʻi handmade flavors at Lappert’s Ice Cream’s three Kauaʻi locations lappertshawaii.com
This section appeared in the 2019 Fall Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.
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