Puakea Golf Course

4.2449470588 4.2 stars from 5 (259)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6954 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 73.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 6954 yards 73.1 130
Blue 72 6471 yards 70.6 128
White 72 6061 yards 68.8 124
White (W) 72 6061 yards 75.1 129
Red 72 5225 yards 64.8 115
Red (W) 72 5225 yards 69.8 119

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 259 Reviews
5 stars:
87
4 stars:
145
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

249 out of 258 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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"Worst staff ever"


u6700744's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Booked on GolfNow and we were not told course closed at 6:00 instead of sunset at 7:30. Upon arrival, told carts had to be returned by 6:00 - we thought that meant we could choose to walk last few holes if needed. However, when we arrived at 6:05, we were met rudely and threatened with having our cars locked inside the gate. I work in the industry, and am a pretty reasonable person and have not left a negative review for anything, anywhere before this. However, I’ve never been treated more rudely in my life - first by cafe employee, then by cart service employees, then by the manager I spoke with the next day after hours trying to reach the actual Pro Shop (they almost never answer, instead using a booking service).

The course is nice, but the staff does not care about your business.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/18/2019

Mahalo for your candid feedback. We would love to have our management staff reach out to you directly to discuss further if you can please send us an email with your contact ph# to info@puakeagolf.com. Again, thank you for taking the time to provide us a review.


"Many Good Things, Many to Improve"


rMemIl0tgVcqWkH8Wyz4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2019
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

From a purely golf standpoint, I would recommend Puakea as a good value for the money on Kauai. The layout is interesting and offers good challenges to average players

like me and my wife. The mountains offer a beautiful

backdrop. Greens are in good shape but you have to get used to how slow they roll. Lag putts really have to be

hit HARD.. You seem to putting against the grain a lot. Many

of the holes are a lot more scenic than you'll find at the

average muni. Puakea is several cuts above that level for sure. The downsides are as follows: Cart guy Christian was a pompous, arrogant jerk who didn't even turn around to acknowledge me when I walked up to get the cart. Someone

needs to school this guy in basic customer etiquette. Or fire him. Second, the course does ZERO to help you with

yardages: no yardage stakes, no markers in the fairway,

nothing. You want more business, then make it easy and speed play with aids to the golfer -- especially the first time player. Food in restaurant was good but here again, the service was poor, slow, and indifferent. Hire people who show they care. If you don't have GPS then help the golfer in other ways: other courses that aren't of Puakea's quality do it and so should Puakea. Do a better job of keeping weeds out of fairway grass -- 17 or 18 had issues with this. you can too. Only a few things to make a good day a whole lot better; we'll be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/18/2019

Mahalo for the detailed feedback you are able to provide to us! We appreciate you taking the time to give us a review.



subtley's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great value for the money"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2019
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely course, friendly staff. Down home feel, not high end. Everything in Kauai is so expensive it’s nice to find a course for a reasonable cost.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing Puakea and for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!



u000005104557's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing, hope to see you again soon at Puakea!


"Scenic Beauty and a Good Test"


JCCLYMER's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. Weather didn’t cooperate in the morning but the afternoon was spectacular. Rain slowed down the course. A real test on the PAR 3’s. Mostly wide open fairways on the 4’s and 5’s. Convenient to most all resorts near Lihue. Well worth the cost. Will play it again.


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


Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing and providing such great feedback. We hope to see you again soon!


"Excellent"


Steven7966114's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the best course on Kauai for the money! The green speed is perfect and the greens are in great condition. The staff is extremely professional. Many thanks to the starter Chris.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

WOW, Steven, thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoyed Puakea!


"Great value and great staff"


WearoutCity's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2019

Reviewed on

Challenging but fair track in great condition. Greens rolled fast and true. Great value and very friendly and accommodating staff of locals. By far the best value on the island. Play on a weekday and you can breeze through 18 in under 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/29/2019

Mahalo for playing and offering us a nice review. Hope to see you again soon!


Commented on 02/18/2019

Thanks for the awesome review of the course on your recent visit. We look forward to your return.


"Good times"


SGMTMACY's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very professional staff- nice course - good paradise value!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Happy to hear you enjoyed the course and staff! Hope to see you again soon!


Commented on 12/02/2018

Thanks for playing Puakea and we're happy you enjoyed the course. Hope to see you back!


"Wow"


jcolbourne's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day. Gem on Kauai, grea6 layout, very good conditions. Great vistas of mountains. Only negative hole 9 you play along side road, traffic noise.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for playing Puakea and for the great review and feedback! Hope to see you again soon!


Commented on 12/02/2018

Aloha! Thank you for joining us at Puakea. Glad you like the layout, conditions and views. Sorry about the issue on the 9th holes. We do hope to see you return for another round in the future.


"A gem of a course right in Lihue!"


u000001481859's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, fast , true greens. Bunkers were a little washed out from the rains a few days ago.

Pace of play was excellent! Many beautiful holes and an interesting layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Thanks for rating us a GEM! Mahalo for playing Puakea, hope to see you again soon!



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo M. Patrick for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!


"Great terrain and layout"


u221087192's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great layout and variety of holes. Good conditions and price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo for the great review, hope to see you again soon!


"Returned after several years"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great course for the money. The layout is good, course conditions were great. Pace of play was very slow. We had a foursome in front of us that had to be 2 holes behind. It finally became so frustrating that we skipped a hole so that we could finish in a reasonable time. No marshalls. It would have been a 5 1/2 +++ round if we wouldn't have skipped a hole. But it was a holiday weekend and rookies were out.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Spectacular value golf"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spectacular scenery next to mountains in Kauai beautiful course pace of play was great great value at $70


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Mahalo Cliff for the great review, hope to see you again soon!


"Good conditions good vistas"


u253819320's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Plenty of difficulties to consider. Enjoyed the round very much.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/10/2018

Glad you enjoyed the layout. Hope to see you again soon!




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Must play on Kauai !!"


cobraman530's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Do not mistake the fact that this is not a "resort" course. Plays in the natural surroundings with plenty of variety on each hole. Greens are in excellent shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Golf especially for the money in Hawaii"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition with beautiful views and interesting holes. Pace of play was good. Practice range was okay not great. Got a good tuna sandwich for a reasonable price with chips included. One negative was the lack of covers for clubs on the carts and with a bit of rain during the round that was somewhat concerning. But overall it was a good track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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