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Go Golf Kauai courses honored by Golfweek & Golf Digest

Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i (August 8, 2023) – Two leading golf publications, Golfweek and Golf Digest, recently named multiple Go Golf Kaua‘i courses to their 2023 ‘Best Courses in Hawaii’ rankings. Named Hawaii’s best island by the readers of Travel + Leisure in their ‘2023 World’s Best Awards,’ Kaua‘i’s spectacular collection of resort and daily-fee golf courses makes the Garden Island an ideal destination for vacationing golfers. 

Golfweek’s team of more than 850 course evaluators ranked Princeville Makai Golf Club No. 4, Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course No. 6, The Ocean Course at Hōkūala No. 10, and Wailua Municipal Golf Course No. 14 in their annual grading of the Aloha State’s ‘Best Courses You Can Play.’ In addition, the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Princeville Makai Golf Club also placed on Golfweek’s prestigious “Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” ranking, coming in at No. 77. 

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Golf Digest’s 1,900 course-ranking panelists determined their latest rankings of both public and private golf courses in each state. Go Golf Kaua‘i courses named to Golf Digest’s ‘Best Courses in Hawaii’ ranking include Princeville Makai Golf Club at No. 8, Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course at No. 11 and The Ocean Course at Hōkūala No. 13. Princeville Makai was also named to the publication’s list of ‘America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,’ coming in at No. 64. 

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Nicknamed the Garden Island for its lush tropical foliage, waterfalls and ever-present Pacific Ocean scenery, Kaua‘i boasts numerous daily-fee and resort golf courses. The destination is perennially recognized for its beaches, award-winning golf courses, ideal playing weather and stunning natural beauty. For more information on Kaua‘i golf, visit

About The Go Golf Kaua‘i Courses

  • The Ocean Course at Hōkūala  – The Ocean Course at Hōkūala is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that boasts the longest stretch of oceanfront holes in all of Hawai‘i. The picture-perfect course winds its way through papaya and guava groves to dramatic seaside cliffs. A 2016 renovation added sparkling white sand to all the bunkers, framing holes to be even more spectacular than before. The Ocean Course at Hōkūala has been rated as Hawai‘i’s Best Golf Course by the World Golf Awards 2018 – 2020 and in 2022. 
  • Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course – Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr and is set between lush mountains and rugged ocean bluffs. The course incorporates more than 30 acres of colorfully landscaped tropical plants and flowers, making it one of Hawai‘i’s most beautiful courses. Po‘ipū Bay hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006.
  • Princeville Makai Golf Club – Princeville Makai Golf Club opened in 1971 as the first solo effort of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The course was completely renovated in 2009, introducing spectacular new Seashore Paspalum turf grass on all fairways and greens. Princeville Makai features surreal vistas of Mt. Makana (aka Bali Hai) and Hanalei Bay, including the signature par-3, 7th hole that offers a 213-yard shot over scenic cliffs.
  • Puakea Golf Course – Designed by architect Robin Nelson, Puakea is a spectacular layout built along massive ravines and lush tropical undulating terrain, with the backdrop being used for the Jurassic Park series. Named one of the top courses in Hawai‘i by Sports Illustrated, Golf Advisor and Golfweek, the dramatic 18-hole golf course is also known for its high-quality, "Kaua‘i-style" customer service.  Puakea was rated “Best of Kaua‘i” by Garden Island Newspaper from 2013 – 2019.
  • Wailua Golf Course – Wailua Golf Course offers classic, golden-era seaside golf holes just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean. First built as a 9-hole course in the 1930’s, and expanded to 18 holes in 1961, Wailua has hosted three USGA Amateur and three US Public Links Championships. This wonderful municipal layout was designed by Toyo Shirai and features stunning mountain views along the Royal Coconut Coast.

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