(KAUAâ€˜I, Hawaii) â€“ Kauaâ€˜i is considered by many to be one of the most special places on Earth. Only three percent of the island is developed and the unspoiled beauty which dominates the senses has forever titillated those fortunate visitors who make it here.
Because of their location, terrain, weather, lush foliage and the legendary architects who have designed best-of rated courses on Kauaâ€˜i (Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones Jr. to name two), the golf destination and their affiliated resorts are regularly ranked among the worldâ€™s most coveted.
Puakea, Poipu Bay, Kauaâ€˜i Lagoons and Princeville combine to offer 117 holes of scintillating golf on Kauaâ€˜i. Three of these award-winning golf properties are affiliated with renowned resorts, including Poipu Bay with the Grand Hyatt Kauaâ€˜i Resort & Spa, Kauaâ€˜i Lagoons with the Kauaâ€˜i Marriott Resort & Beach Club and Princeville Golf Courses with the Princeville Hotel. Princeville, Grand Hyatt and Kauaâ€˜i Marriott were all voted â€œTop 100 Golf Resorts 2007â€ by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine readers.
Thanks to newly announced transpacific flight offerings, the golf-destination Kauaâ€˜i: Discover Golfâ€™s Ultimate Island Green has never been easier to visit.
For starters, ATA Airlines will offer four weekly flights to Lihue Airport, Kauaâ€˜i (airport symbol: LIH) from both Oakland, Calif., and Las Vegas beginning this Friday (June 15). The flights will be supported through a new marketing relationship with Southwest Airlines, which has connections with 15 mainland cities.
Likewise, Alaska Airlines has announced it intends to launch service from the mainland to â€œparadiseâ€ with flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Kauaâ€˜i commencing Oct. 28. To peak interest in the expansion, the carrier is offering introductory one-way discount airfares on each run ($149 from Seattle/Tacoma to Kauaâ€˜i). The intro discount airfare is pegged to a roundtrip purchase, and neither taxes nor fees are included. Contact Alaska Airlines for additional details and requirements/restrictions.
â€œWith the addition of these transportation options, we hope visitors will take advantage of the opportunity to come experience Kauaâ€˜i and the great golf and other destination attractions which offer something for everyone â€“ from families and couples to outdoor adventurists and naturalists,â€ says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kauaâ€˜i Visitors Bureau.
For more information about the Garden Isle, visit www.discovery.com/activities/golfing/ or call 800-262-1400.
About â€œKauaâ€˜i: Discover Golfâ€™s Ultimate Island Greenâ€
Kauaâ€˜i is colored by lush, numerous shades of green â€“ the flora and fauna which blanket the mountains and serve as a painterâ€™s palette and â€œcarpetâ€ of natureâ€™s wonder. Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and buffeted by soothing trade winds, Kauaâ€˜i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches â€“ more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaiâ€˜i. Only three percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use.
The critical acclaim and unique attributes of the four golf destination partners include:
1. Princeville Golf Courses (www.princeville.com, 800.826.1105)
Home to Golf Digestâ€™s No. 39 rated course in â€œAmericaâ€™s 100 Greatest Golf Coursesâ€ (Prince Course) and the No. 1 rated course in the state
45 holes of golf â€“ the 27-hole Makai nines and the 18-hole Prince â€“ all designed by Robert Trent Jones II
Overlooks exquisite Hanalei Bay
2. Poipu Bay Golf Course (www.poipubaygolf.com, 800.858.6300)
Affiliated with Grand Hyatt Kauaâ€˜i Resort & Spa, rated No. 32 in Golf Digestâ€™s â€œSublime 75: Americaâ€™s Greatest Golf Resortsâ€
Four closing holes play atop a 150-foot sea cliff
Longtime home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, it has frequently hosted players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and other major champions
3. Kauaâ€˜i Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400)
Home to Golf Digestâ€™s No. 56 rated course in â€œAmericaâ€™s 100 Greatest Public Golf Coursesâ€ (Kiele Course)
36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus (Kiele and Mokihana courses)
Kiele features multiple ocean holes with an island green finishing hole aptly named the â€œBearâ€
4. Puakea Golf Club (www.puakeagolf.com, 866.773.5554)
Kauaâ€˜iâ€™s newest 18-hole course
Owned by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case
Adjacent to lush site where Steven Spielberg filmed â€œJurassic Parkâ€
Kauaâ€˜iâ€™s natural wonders include the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, dubbed â€œThe Grand Canyon of the Pacificâ€, and the 3,000-foot towering mountain cliffs overlooking the Napali Coast along the northwest shoreline.
A wealth of outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline aerial tours, helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.
For more information about â€œKauaâ€˜i: Discover Golfâ€™s Ultimate Island Greenâ€ visit www.kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing/ or call 800-262-1400.