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Wednesday
May262010

Kukuiolono Golf Course, Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii

While golf is not my strong suite, visitors often ask where the locals play this sport. Located at the top of  a majestic mountian rise, that overlooks Kauai island from Ha'upu Mountain in the east, to Niihau on the west, is  Kukuiolono Golf Course. "Golf Course" doesn't cover half of the attractions available here! Once the private property, home, and gardens of sugar baron, Walter McBryde, this stunning upland area, consisting of 178 acres, is laced with jogging and walking paths, dotted with ancient "pohaku" or symbolic Hawaiian stones and other historic artifacts, and provides  a place for family picnics in the pavillion, and weddings in the Japanese Garden.   

Walter McBryde's father, Duncan, developed this land after leasing it from King Kamehameha III in 1860. Walter loved the area so much that he was buried near the 8th hole of the golf course. This public golf course was built in 1929, and later donated to the state by McBryde. It was only the second course to be built on Kauai, and is one of the oldest golf courses in Hawaii. Because of McBryde's generous gift to the people of Kauai, it is one of the most inexpensive, scenic, and challenging golf courses on Kauai. Greens fees are currently $9 per day, and visitors can also rent clubs and golf carts. Distractions to a golf game may include brisk trade winds that sometimes whip across this mountain top, numerous chickens, and breathtaking panoramic views.