Award-Winning Poipu Bay, Hawaii
Poipu Bay Golf Course is sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean.
Even the most focused golfer can’t help but be distracted by Poipu’s breathtaking views. From its native geese and rare Hawaiian monk seals to green turtles and humpback whales – you’ll have many wild excuses to explain your scorecard.
The Story Behind Poipu Bay
In 1991, acclaimed course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr created his course in Kauai at Poipu Bay. It has since featured in Golf Magazine’s Premier Golf Resorts several times and ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Greatest Courses in North America.
The course played host to the annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf between 1994-2006. The tournament only includes the best of the best with the year’s winners of the four major golf championships. Champions have included: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, and Greg Norman. You’ll “play where champions play.”
Poipu Bay is home to a number of significant historical sites. The course was designed around several ancient Hawaiian heiaus (places of worship) and handmade stone walls, dating back over 500 years. Golfers are forbidden to enter these culturally-sensitive areas or play balls from them.
The ocean-links style course sits on 210 acres of oceanfront land. Graced by tropical plants and flowers, you’ll also have to contend with 85 bunkers, 5 water hazards and trade winds.
The opening holes are a gentle initiation for what is to come. From the 7th onward, the layout provides more elevation changes and demands strategic shot selection to score well. The last three holes offer the perfect finale to your round with breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.
The Signature Hole
The 16th hole is a jaw-dropping par 4, called “the Pebble Beach of the Pacific” by course designer Trent Jones Jr. The hole spans 458 metres and once you get to green you will be rewarded by the stunning view looking back to the tee.
Did you know
Tiger Woods won 7 of the 8 PGA Grand Slam of Golf tournaments he played at Poipu Bay, including 5 consecutive wins from 1998-2002.
In 2004, Phil Mickelson set the current course record with an incredible round of 13-under-par, 59.
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