The Takeaway: Grade C
Designer: Toyo Shirai in 1961 (original nine in 1930)
Cost: $15.00 - $60.00 ($20 for a cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (808) 241-6666
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Wailua Golf Course's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 3-5350 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Accolades: Host of three U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships and rated 4 stars on Golf Digest's Places to Play publicaiton.
What to Expect: Often regarded as the finest municipal course in the Hawaiian Islands, Wailua is located on the east side of Kauai and originally opened as a nine hole course. The course is highlighted by views of Kauai's stunning mountains coupled with views of the Pacific Ocean. The course is fairly open though a variety of different species of trees are found throughout the routing. The front nine is flat with some mild elevation changes on the back nine which makes the course popular among patrons to walk. Conditioning for a muni is good though doesn't compare to the higher priced resort courses on the island. Though there is nothing I'd consider spectacular from a design perspective, if you are looking for an affordable course that offers beautiful mountain and ocean views then Wailua is the place for you to tee it up.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 17th Hole – 173 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 14th Hole – 168 Yards
Best Par 4: 11th Hole – 370 Yards
Best Par 5: 1st Hole – 520 Yards
Birdie Time: 16th Hole – 363 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 2nd Hole – 456 Yard Par 4