Kukuiula golf course Hole #12
At this point, it’s safe to say we love Kauai. No disrespect to the other islands — Hawaiian, French Polynesian and other distant points — but there’s just something about the laid-back pace of this little spot in the Pacific with its perfect mix of gorgeous golf, stunning service and drool-out-your-window beauty that keeps us heading back for more.
So once again we pay homage in the Getaways issue with a list of the many reasons why Kauai entices golf travelers to such courses as Poipu Bay, Puakea, Makai, Prince and Kauai Lagoons. But there’s much more than golf here. In fact, you could leave the sticks at home (although we wouldn’t recommend it) and still find plenty of lounging, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and fishing to fill your vacation. Plus, the resorts run the gamut from ultra high-end butler service at the St. Regis Princeville to the more mass consumption beaches and pool areas of the Grand Hyatt and the Marriott without giving up one ounce of style and comfort. And the attractions keep growing every time we visit. Kukui’ula now joins the list of places to play and stay, offering up its private Tom Weiskopf course and bungalows to the public for now.
We keep thinking we might tire of Kauai someday and seek adventure elsewhere. But it hasn’t happened yet, and we doubt it will anytime soon.
#1 – THE NEW KID IN TOWN
The first new development to open in Kauai in 20 years is no small project. More than $100 million has already been spent on this 1,010-acre residential community, which will include homes, guest bungalows, spa, Tom Weiskopf golf course, small retail village and Plantation House at the center of it with all-day views of the Pacific. Also, Kukui’ula is a sustainable community with a working organic farm on property for owners and guests. The Weiskopf golf course flows over 216 acres of landscape filled with native flora and sports panoramic ocean views. Now’s the time to think about that second home.