The best Kauai golf deal has the richest ocean views for under ten dollars. Just a 15 minute drive from our Poipu vacation rentals, Kukuiolono is an island favorite and Kauai’s second oldest course.
The local name for this decent mid-length, nine hole public course, is “Kooks.” I like its laid back atmosphere and no scheduled tee time. When I’m ready to play I just show up. If there’s a wait, I’ll hit a coffee can or two worth of balls. The driving range is one of the most scenic on Kauai and has views of the island of Niihau.
If your game is rusty when you arrive, Kooks will be a great warm-up to Kauai’s signature golf courses. Because of the price and ultra-wide fairways, it’s beginner and family-friendly. As more visitors find this secret value course, they want us to keep things moving along and pick up after 8 shots.
Several years ago the Kooks team put the course through a facelift with new traps and replanting of greens with Seashore Paspalum grass. It improved the greens markedly.
Kukuiolono History: Built in 1928 on Walter McBryde’s estate, the course became public when he died in 1930. McBryde bequeathed the 178 acre park to the people of Kauai. You can tip your cap to McBryde at his grave near the 8th tee. The Japanese garden you’ll see was his pride and joy.
Address/Phone: 854 Puu Road, Kalaheo. 808-332-9151.
Pay $9.00 for each of the following: green fees for the day, power cart for 9 holes and club rentals if you need.
Golf Pro: Pat Hunt, born and raised on Kauai, is one of the most respected instructors on the island.
Hungry after golf? They have the best burgers on island with grass-fed beef.
If you’ve played Kooks on your Kauai vacation, we invite you to share your best tips with us.
Dawn Blasing says
What kind of memberships do they offer?
Aloha Dawn, I do not believe they offer memberships, but have some of the best rates for nine-holes.
Bill Lane says
A golf course built for golfers of all levels of ability. I’ve played every golf course on Kauai and without exception, Kukiolono is my favorite. It is not Augusta but is a perfect place to have a fun time in Kauai. Early morning pace of play is remarkably quick with sub 2 hr. the norm. The newly remodeled restaurant is a perfect place for lunch and I may add that the food is excellent. A great improvement over years past.
Over the years, I have made friends with many locals that all have a great sense of humor and a love of the game. Don’t miss playing this course.
Hi Bill – Mahalo for supporting Kukuiolono. We’re glad to hear it’s a favorite golf course of yours and that you like the new restaurant. Hope to see you back on Kauai soon! Aloha from the Parrish Kauai team
Have been playing this course for years and it is our favorite.