posted on September 05, 2012 15:20
Island Greens: Golf Courses of Hawai'i: Kauai
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Princeville Resort’s Prince Course reopened the spring following a revamp by original designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. While some yardage was added, the key restoration efforts included reclaiming fairway margins, improving sight lines, remodeling bunkers, reconstructing green surrounds and re-turfing greens with paspalum. Call it a nip and tuck, as the sturdy bones of the place remain – meaning nonreturning nines, and holes scampering across 400 rolling, banking, leaping, cascading, jungle-tangled acres.
Untouched, blessedly, is the IMAX-grade expanse of visual spectacle: gossamer waterfalls, Bali Hai setting, and the north shore break.
Even from ability-appropriate tees, Prince is a stern, rigorous test. In fact, it’s just plain hard. I’m cool with that. Flat courses with parallel fairways are boring. Prince is a thrill ride. It’s not all perfect – few are. Yet what you see is what you get, and when you can’t see, play to what the full-info GPS system gives you.
Set between Prince and the neighboring Makai Course, Westin’s Princeville Ocean Resort Villas offers studio and one/two bedroom kitchen and laundry villas in a casually elegant residential-resort environment. The bluff-top setting serve up ocean views from many unites, waterfall-draped mountains from others. Two secluded adult pools, a family activity pool and one just for the Keiki provide water-time fun for those who choose not to clamber down the nearby path to the shore. Barbecue grills are arrayed throughout the site, with papa’i and tables.
Other amenities include dining, spa services, kid’s activities, cultural activities and a gym. Though this is an ownership property, half the occupants are guests who can book through Westin and third-party sites.
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