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Friday
Mar252011

Nine holes for $9 and a lot more!

Kukuiolono Golf Course and Park is located within walking distance from Hale O Nanakai. It is a picturesque nine hole golf course and driving range atop Kalaheo's highest mountain, which was flattened by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, allowing the course to carpet the verdant landscape like a Oriental carpet.

Nine holes cost $9, club rental is $9, and add a golf cart for another $9. Pull carts are only $3. For the driving range, where you can send balls hurtling toward the Port Allen Harbor below, it only costs $2 for a bucket of balls and $1 for a golf club.

The Kukuiolono Golf Course is open 365 days a year. The gates open around 6:45 AM and first tee time is 7 AM. Last tee is 4:30 PM, but be sure to finish up before the gates close at 6PM sharp. Use of the course is on a  "first come, first serve" basis. The busiest times of the day are between 8:30 AM and 11 AM, with average wait time between 1/2 and 1 hour.

There is a snack shop on the premises with tasty breakfast and lunch fare at reasonable prices. Along the course there are rest stops including a covered picnic pavilion overlooking the South Shore, a Japanese Garden, rain shelters, several restrooms and drinking fountains.

Ample parking is available at the club house. There are also parking spots by the Japanese Gardens and just inside the entry gate, where many local residents jog and walk their dogs on two loop trails through the woods.

While there are some very fancy golf courses on Kauai, Kukuilono tops the rest through its spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean and mountains, not to mention the "local-style" hospitality of the club staff and the gardeners, many of whom have worked at Kukuiolono for decades.