“Golden Bear” Oversees Golf Course Renovation

Renovations occurring at Kauai’s Kauai Lagoons Golf Course will allow residents and Kauai vacationers alike to enjoy an improved championship quality golf course and with more signature Jack Nicklaus holes.

Calling it one of his favorite golf courses, Jack Nicklaus was on island in August to oversee the extensive renovations going on at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club adjacent to the Kauai Marriott Resort on 800-waterfront acres along Kalapaki Beach.

The Golf Club is a former winner of Golf Magazine’s “Gold Medal Golf Resort” award. The Kiele Course weaves along the ocean cliffs and among freshwater lagoons, while the Mokihana Course is considered to be more of a Scottish-style links course with rolling, open fairways and undulating greens.

The result of the renovation work will be 27 championship holes on the Mokihana and Kiele courses including upgraded bunkering, new putting surfaces, and three new holes.

These 27 “Jack Nicklaus Signature” holes include an ocean stretch spanning from the 13th green to the 17th tee on the Kiele course. Hole 15 is a new hole and leads to the famous oceanside 16th hole by the lighthouse.

In May of 2011 the first phase of the golf course renovations at Kauai Lagoons should be completed, including several changes on the back nine (including two new holes) on the Kiele course as well as the first hole of the new nine holes.

The second and third phases of golf course work will renovate the Kiele Course front nine as well as Mokihana Golf Course; including work on greens and bunkers, irrigation, a new driving range, clubhouse, and practice facility.

Some of the rerouting of holes is designed to make room for an upgrade to the resort including new time-share condominiums and homes. All of the golf course renovation work should be done by spring 2013, and during this transformation period the Kauai Lagoons will continue to offer 18 holes of golf.

There are rumors of a major PGA even being held at the renovated course, possibly coinciding with the reopening. No major event as been held on Kauai since the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was hosted at the Poipu Bay Golf Course from 1994 to 2006.

If you are planning a Kauai vacation please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty vacation rental staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental and plan golf and other Kauai activities during your stay.

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