Hokuala Resort (Ocean)

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Jack Nicklaus in 1998 with renovation in 2011

Cost:  $135.00 - $205.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (800) 634-6400

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Hokuala Resort (Ocean)' official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 3351 Hoolaulea Way, Lihue, HI 96766

Photos:  See additional photos of Hokuala Resort (Ocean)

Accolades:  Rated 7th and 8th respectively on Golf Magazine's and Golfweek's Best Public Courses in Hawaii lists.

What to Expect:  The Ocean course at Hokuala Resort is a spectacular Jack Nicklaus design on Kauai's southeastern coastline. The course formerly consisted of 27 holes but in 2015 was revamped to capture the 18 most prime holes on the property and renamed from Kauai Lagoons to the Ocean course at Hokuala. The front nine consists of a couple of warm up holes before being presented with some dramatic forced carries and stellar par threes. The back nine is the signature portion of the property with a 1/2 mile stretch of oceanfront holes worthy of gracing the cover of any Hawaii golf calendar. The front nine was closed for a renovation that included introducing TifEagle greens, new sand in the bunkers, and a trio of new holes that reopened in May 2011. With its spectacular coastal holes, renovated conditions, convenient proximity to the airport, Hokuala is quickly becoming one of Hawaii's most coveted tee times.

Signature Hole:  18th - 459 Yard Par 4

18th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (459 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (459 Yard Par 4)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 7156 76.2 142
Blue 72 6722 73.5 134
White 72 6277 71.6 130
Red (Women) 72 5377 72.4 124


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  14th - 210 Yards

14th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (210 Yard Par 3)
14th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (210 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  15th - 473 Yards

15th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (473 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (473 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  6th - 519 Yards

6th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (519 Yard Par 5)
6th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (519 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  16th - 331 Yard Par 4

16th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (331 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (331 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  5th - 219 Yard Par 3

5th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (219 Yard Par 3)
5th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (219 Yard Par 3)

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Final Cut:    Grade B+