Scenic and Historic Robert Trent Jones Jr.-Designed Course on the Lush ‘Garden Isle’ Embraces Cutting-Edge Turf to Improve Performance, Guest Enjoyment
(POIPU, KAUA’I, Hawaii) – The Kaua’i Visitors Bureau today announces that Kiahuna Golf Club – a member of the island’s golf destination group "Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green" which includes 135 holes at Princeville, Poipu Bay, Kaua’i Lagoons, Puakea and Kiahuna – is in the midst of replacing its Bermuda grass with Sea Shore Paspalum.
"Kiahuna is very excited for our turf enhancement project to conclude, which is currently projected to occur by calendar year end 2005," says Ron Castillo, Jr., PGA, Kiahuna Golf Club Director of Golf. "Kiahuna is the only golf course on Kaua’i with this type of grass on its greens and fairways and it adds to the excellent mix of courses that comprise the golf-destination cooperative."
Sea Shore Paspalum came from Africa on ships to America, specifically South Carolina, where the grass was dumped into the harbor. The grass started to grow on the shore banks and over time adapted to the salt water and became salt tolerant. Key benefits of this grass are it requires fewer chemicals for weed and pest control, which means it is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly. Salt can be applied directly to weeds and kill them but not the surrounding grass. Reclaimed water with high salt content can be used for irrigation.
Furthermore, Sea Shore Paspalum has no grain, unlike Bermuda grass, which is found on 90 percent of the golf turf used in Hawaii. This makes putting easier for golfers from the mainland, many who are not well-versed in reading grain on greens.
"Aesthetically, Sea Shore Paspalum is an enhancement as well," says Director of Golf Castillo. "It is a darker green than Bermuda grass, making Kiahuna’s overall look more lush and playable."
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Kiahuna is a par 70, 18-hole layout measuring 6,885 from the back tees – called the "Gold Ilima" tees – and carrying a 73.5 rating and 134 slope. There are four sets of tees so players of all ability have the perfect choice for them. The forward tees – Red Ohia Lehua – measure 4,887, with a 64.4 rating and 114 slope.
A world famous golf course designer, Trent Jones, Jr. skillfully included many ancient remnants of an authentic Hawaiian village into the design of the Kiahuna Golf Club. Opened in 1984 and located on the island’s south shore with its idyllic weather, the golf course recently underwent extensive restoration and is a must-play when on Kaua’i, which is regularly acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful island and golf destinations.
"We are pleased that Kiahuna Golf Club continues to provide visitors to Kaua’i with the latest experience-enhancing conditions," says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau. "Our golf destination partnership and its member clubs and resorts – ‘Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green’ – are dedicated to offering visitors with amenities which ensure their satisfaction and enjoyment."
Kiahuna Golf Club enjoys a unique locale. Situated in the historic Koloa area, Kiahuna incorporates well-preserved remnants of a Hawaiian agricultural village into the course surroundings. These include irrigation aqueducts, lava tubes, a heiau (Hawaiian temple) and the remains of a Portuguese house and crypt built in the early 1800s.
For more information or to book tee times, call 1-808-742-9595, or visit www.kiahunagolf.com .
About "Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green"
Five acclaimed resorts and golf properties – Princeville, Poipu Bay, Kaua’i Lagoons, Kiahuna and Puakea – offering 135 holes of golf on Hawaii’s spectacular Kaua’i Island, work with the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau to offer players convenient quality and a world-class collection under the golf destination "Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Utlimate Island Green."
Kaua’i resorts and golf courses offer tremendous rates and experiences when considering the golf quality and the island’s many other options and allure. Many Kaua’i courses are close to one another and its daylight hours are long enough that golfers can easily play 36 in a day and still have time for family and other activities.
The critical acclaim and unique attributes of the five golf members of the destination – "Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green" – include:
1. Princeville at Hanalei ( www.princeville.com , 800-826-1105)
Home to Golf Digest’s No. 12 rated course in "America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses/2005-06" (Prince Course)
45 holes of golf – the 27-hole Makai nines and the 18-hole Prince – all designed by Robert Trent Jones II
Overlooks exquisitely beautiful Hanalei Bay
2. Poipu Bay Golf Course ( www.poipubaygolf.com , 800.858.6300)
Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Its Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa rated No. 32 in Golf Digest’s "Sublime 75: America’s Greatest Golf Resorts/2004-05"
Four closing holes rise 150-feet to a red sea cliff
3. Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club ( www.kauailagoonsgolf.com , 800.634.6400)
Home to Golf Digest’s No. 63 rated course in "America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses/2005-06" (Kiele Course)
36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus (Kiele and Mokihana courses)
Features numerous awe-inspiring ocean holes
4. Kiahuna Golf Club ( www.kiahunagolf.com , 808.742.9595)
Designed by Robert Trent Jones II
Features meandering creek, lava formations, rock gardens, ocean views
Steeped in Hawaii history via its preserved ancient village
5. Puakea Golf Club ( www.puakeagolf.com , 866.773.5554)
Kaua’i’s newest 18-hole course, unveiled in 2003
Owned by AOL Founder Steve Case
Adjacent to lush site where Steven Spielberg filmed "Jurassic Park"
After-golf options delve into Kaua’i’s history, heritage and culture, along with boat tours, beaches, zip lines, ATV Tours, botanical gardens, snorkeling and scuba-diving, kayaking, hiking and much more. For more information about "Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green," visit www.kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing/ or call 800-262-1400.
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