Puakea Golf Course

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robin Nelson (10 holes in 1997, rest of the holes in 2003)

Cost:  $59.00 - $99.00 Click for current rates

Phone Number: (808) 245-8756

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Puakea's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 4150 Nuhou Street, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766

Photos:  See additional photos of Puakea

Accolades: Ranked 17th on Golf Magazineís 2012 Best Public Course in Hawaii list.

What to Expect:  Puakea is located in the southeast portion of Kauai near the Lihue airport. Convenient to shopping, transportation, and the islandís largest population base make Puakea and their attractive rates a destination for locals and visitors. The front nine is relatively flat and open before diving off on the severely downhill signature hole. The back nine features more dramatic and secluded terrain with natural ravines, some water features, and some jungle thrown into the mix. The beige orange sand in the bunkers is native to the area while Bermuda grass is the dominant turf. Conditioning is good, but not outstanding. While not of the same caliber as Poipu Bay or the courses in Princeville, Puakea does deliver some great holes at half the price and is well worth playing while in Kauai.

Signature Hole:  6th Hole at Puakea Golf Course - 176 Yard Par 3

6th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (176 Yard Par 3)
6th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (176 Yard Par 3)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Green 72 6954 73.3 135
Blue 72 6471 71.0 129
White 72 6061 69.2 123
Red (Women) 72 5225 69.3 113


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  13th Hole at Puakea Golf Course - 228 Yards

13th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (228 Yard Par 3)
13th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (228 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  12th Hole at Puakea Golf Course - 397 Yards

12th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (397 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (397 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  11th Hole at Puakea Golf Course - 560 Yards

11th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (560 Yard Par 5)
11th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (560 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  16th Hole at Puakea Golf Course - 134 Yard Par 3

16th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (134 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (134 Yard Par 3)

Bogey Beware:  15th Hole at Puakea Golf Course - 446 Yard Par 4

15th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (446 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Puakea Golf Course (446 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade B-

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