Results Tabulated via the Publication’s Annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ Numerical Rating System
(Kaua’i, Hawai’i) – The Kaua’i Visitors Bureau today announces that Travel + Leisure magazine has named Kaua’i the fourth-best island IN THE WORLD and island-rich Hawai’i’s No. 1 island.
Announced recently in customary fashion on the “Today Show”, these distinctions for Kaua’i were garnered via a numerical rating system which tabulates feedback from Travel + Leisure readers.
Survey respondents judged islands on five characteristics: natural attractions, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people and value.
One of Kaua’i’s highly acclaimed activity options is its golf, which includes a coalition of golf clubs and affiliated resorts, virtually all of which are rated among the best in their category. They combine to offer visitors a wealth of holes, diverse beauty, terrain and design styles featuring everything from tropical golf brilliance to layouts overlooking the Pacific Ocean from cliffs caressed by trade winds.
“Kaua’i is honored by this award as it comes from travelers, people who have many choices but opt to spend their precious time and resources based on their experiences,” says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau. “Visitors are increasingly recognizing our golf experiences which is appropriately reflected in our promise ‘Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green’ “.
For more information about the Garden Isle, visit www.kauaidiscovery.com/activities/golfing/ or call 800-262-1400.
About “Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green”
Kaua’i is colored by lush, numerous shades of green – flora and fauna blanket the mountains and juxtapose brilliantly with the turquoise Pacific Ocean, white clouds and blue skies. Buffeted by entrancing trade winds, Kaua’i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawai’i. Only four percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use.
The unique attributes of the golf destination cooperative “Kaua’i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green” include a plethora of scintillating holes including:
1. Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400)
* Voted one of the “Top 50 Resort Courses” worldwide by GolfWorld magazine in its “2009 Readers’ Choice Awards”
* Currently 18 of 36 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus are in play consisting of six holes from the Mokihana Course and 12 holes from the Kiele Course. Included are the original Kiele 16th, 17th and 18th holes. The signature 16th hole – a short par 4 lined on the entire left side by a dramatic ocean bluff requires a precise drive and approach and the 18th that Jack Nicklaus aptly named the “Bear” is a demanding par 4 playing to an island green. The rest of the back nine at Kiele will continue receiving extensive upgrades, including the addition of one new ocean hole which will create a one-half-mile long stretch of oceanfront golf.
* The Kiele Course front nine holes feature the par-3 fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
2. Puakea Golf Club (www.puakeagolf.com, 866.773.5554)
* Rated the 7th best course in Hawaii – Golfweek Magazine
* Golf Course Architect Robin Nelson used the natural layout of the land when he planned this layout, testing golfers of all levels and treating them to beautiful views of Mt. Ha’upu and deep lush ravines on several holes.
* Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case
3. Poipu Bay Golf Course (www.poipubaygolf.com, 800.858.6300)
* Along with Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa rated No. 16 in GolfWorld’s “America’s Top 50 Resort Courses, 2009”
* Four closing holes play atop a 150-foot sea cliff
* Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 through 2006, it has frequently hosted players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and other major champions
4. Princeville Golf Courses (www.princeville.com, 800.826.1105)
* The Prince Course was rated No. 67 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2009-10” and rated the No. 1 course in the state
* 45 holes of golf – the 27-hole Makai course (currently closed for renovation, scheduled to open Nov. 1, 2009) and the 18-hole Prince – all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
* The St. Regis Princeville Resort is scheduled to open Oct. 1, 2009
Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications