The Ocean Course at Hokuala

3.9274117647 3.9 stars from 5 (61)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7120 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 76.2
  • Layout

  • 3351 Hoolaulea Way, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766, Kauai County
  • (808) 241-6000
  • (808) 241-6025
  • hokualakauai.com

Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1988), Jack Nicklaus (2011)
Type: Resort
Greens: TifEagle Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Standard golf attire is required at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. No t-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, cut-off shorts or denim. Covered footwear or golf specific sandals only.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7120 yards 76.2 142
Blue 72 6675 yards 73.5 134
White 72 6252 yards 71.6 130
White (W) 72 6252 yards 77.0 136
Red (W) 72 5377 yards 72.4 124
Red 72 5377 yards 67.5 122

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 61 Reviews
5 stars:
29
4 stars:
25
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

54 out of 60 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Great for advanced golfers  

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"Not what it use to be"


Michael9598399's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times in the past when it was owned by Marriott. It is now owned by Timbres Resort. The fairways were more brown than green. The front 9 had mowed grass on the fairways and rough. The mowed dead grass was very thick and difficult to play out of. Moving the ball was not always an option as the mowed dead grass covered the entire width of the fairway in some cases. The greens on the front 9 had been recently arrested and sanded so they did not put true. The snack shack attendant was niceness but had difficulty in understanding english. The main restaurant is closed so no after round meal. In the past this use to be a beautiful lush course. Not any more.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Aloha friends"


u732207290's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Actually played this course twice while I was staying at the Marriott next to the course. Back 9 is beautiful with oceanic views and beautiful signature holes like 16. High risk, high reward shot for an easy birdie. Practice your knock down shots because there’s a lot of wind you face on this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Favorite course on Kauai"


u346853920's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is so fun! And the people working here are outstanding. I love that they di genuinely want you to enjoy yourself. Course is challenging but open and very playable. Island green and other features make for a fun round and require good strategy. Beautiful surroundings. Pace of play perfect - you can relax and finish in 4.5 hours easily (faster if pushed). We loved the starter!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Most scenic course I’ve played."


u5934658's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My only complaint is that the beverage cart didn’t come by until #17.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Unfriendly Staff"


xVJ2jUsoSZrh66wOMc6G's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

As noted, the course has four beautiful holes along the water, also several along the very active and loud runway of Lihue Airport. My issue is not w/ the course but the staff. I made the mistake of suggesting the pace of play was slow......the Pro, Kelly, just about took my head off. Never asked me "why I thought that" or "I'm sorry you feel that way", just everything is just fine/perfect, I'm wrong. The starter seems to think he's a comedian, calls everyone by "boss" vs your name, although he has your name on the tee sheet. I'd suggest Poipu Bay or Princeville, just as nice or nicer and the staff is polite and will treat you w/ respect. I won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Airport airport airport"


u289723448's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you love planes very low overhead and tee boxes vibrating. This is the best place for you! On hold 11 you are 50 yards off the runway. Beautiful course but miserable playing especially for the price,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Course really begins on back nine"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The Ocean Course at Hokuala is a little sleepy at the beginning.

Three par 5s in the first six holes offer an excellent chance to get a couple shots under par early, provided you navigate the difficult par-4 third hole.

This course really kicks into gear, however, after the turn - hence the course’s namesake. The 13th hole, adjacent to Lihue Airport’s runway, provides an interesting distraction when a plane is descending to land. The signature 14th is a beast of a hole at 193 yards from the blue tees, despite a bit of a wind assist. The 15th and 16th offer exhilarating risk/reward tee shots and downhill/downwind wedges on approach. Maybe a cruise ship will be exiting the bay as you play the 16th, providing quite the gallery.

The greens are very grainy and the bunkers are very fluffy. Areas around the green are closely mown, and grainy as well, so getting up and down for pars when missing the green is a challenge.

For the most part, there is plenty of width off the tee and the wind is not as much of a factor as at Poipu Bay.

In summary, the back nine is worth the greens fee alone. Get your camera ready.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"This is an excellent challenge and the views are spectacular. A must do if you want to golf the island. The staff is very layed back."


u000006680589's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would have bought more soft drinks but, the prices are too high


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The noisest course I've ever played."


MikeFegan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course should be renamed the "Runway Course" as it is adjacent to Kauai's main airport. Tour helicopters flew over the course constantly. The back nine had a number of holes where good shots were rewarded with bad lies or the ball going over a cliff unseen from the fairway. Construction on the back nine added to the noise.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful but difficult"


u000004755012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Tough course for hackers, but one you have to play for the beautiful views. Almost got rained out, but glad we kept going. Ending holes are breathtaking. Don't miss this one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not the most welcoming staff"


Hammer1241's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendliness left a little to be desired and the airplane traffic is a little distracting, but this is a marvelous layout! Wide open fairways, with challenges around the green. A couple of world class par 3s!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Hokuala Ocean Course a Great Place"


u000002094580's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was awesome and fun. Starter Ricky and Greens keeper Eric were friendly and added to a great experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Enjoyable"


cwimer62's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very nice course with some breath taking views. Course was in very good condition. Pace of play was superb. Very nice pro shop and the staff is TOP NOTCH. Trust me folks, you won't be disappointed playing this track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pretty course with a decent front 9 and great back 9"


LICC's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
NY-NJ Advisor
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017

Reviewed on

This is a top-notch resort course that really stands out on the water-side holes on the back-9. The front is decent with some good holes but nothing really stands out. The back-9 is much more interesting and striking. Kauai is gorgeous and several holes play along the water across from the backdrop of the hills and mountains. There is also a hole that is closer than I ever thought I would be to an airport runway (waving to the passengers as they landed while I was on the tee box was fun!). This used to be called the Lagoons Course. The course has a good number of forced carries and risk-reward features. The course is not walkable due to some steep elevations from greens to tees.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



"Can't wait to play it again!"


amratlal's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Absolutely amazing course! The course went through renovations and recently opened up the front nine so now you can play all 18 holes. Really like the layout of the course. The course has a good mix of short and long holes. The short holes will tempt you to go for it even though you know the better choice is to hit an iron off the tee. On the longer holes you can let loose without fear. Bunkers are well placed to give you something to think about on approach shots but doesn't destroy your scorecard. Be prepared for up to a two club wind on the back nine but that's typical for Hawaiian courses along the coast.

The course is in great shape with the only knock being the greens on the front nine are very young so the will not hold your approach and will roll slow ( we were told this when we started our round). In another 6 months they should play great.

The price of the round is up there but found a decent deal on TeeOff to bring the cost down a bit. You will still be paying over $100 for this quality of a course and it's worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ocean views"


u000007152317's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Formerly Kaua'i Lagoons, Timbers has taken over the property from Marriott. Only the back nine is open.

Ocean and bay views are fantastic! Best on the island. The greens are Tif Eagle and slow. Layout fun. "Signature" hole is 16, but I think it is silly. Best hole is par 3 15th hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"With stunning views, Hokuala another example of great Kauai golf"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The back nine gets all the attention, and it should. There's a stretch of five holes that plays right on the ocean, and they are all they are cracked up to be. But the rest of this Nicklaus Signature Course isn't too shabby either. In fact, when the wind is up, the front nine, which is a little bit inland, might be more enjoyable since it's shielded somewhat from the elements. Either way, it's a terrific experience and should only get better as the new owners invest in a front nine renovation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great value"


tomwallace13's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I did the member for a week and loved aĺ 7 rounds. I was 1st off the tee most days and played in about 2hrs and 20 minutes. The outside staff was great. I couldn't be treated better. The front 9 plays long first thing in am if wet. I cannot wait to see how it plays when they redo it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lots of wow factor"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

After undergoing a renovation a few years ago, the back nine (Kiele Moana) stands up to just about any stretch of golf in Hawaii in terms of its wow factor. Holes 4, 5, 6 & 7 represent the longest continuous stretch of holes on the ocean in the Aloha State and they're more than scenic, they're interesting. The other nine has merit, too, though, even without the ocean views. Overall, Kauai Lagoons is one of the more memorable courses in all of Hawaii.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lagoons"


gragra1g's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A sensational, very challenging course. Beautiful scenery to boot. Not for hackers. Some tee offs required to hit 200 yards to clear danger, lost ball. A pleasure to play, would not hesitate to recommend. Only complaint was couldn't find anywhere for a drink after round. Staff very friendly, especially in clubhouse


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




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