Princeville Makai Golf Club Begins $3 Million Course Refinement Project

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Princeville, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi (April 16, 2024) – Princeville Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Kauaʻi began a $3 million course refinement project on Monday, April 15th that is designed to enhance playability, boost agronomic conditions, and strengthen the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-design’s standing as one of the top golf courses in the world. The project will address three key areas of the course: bunker renovations, cart path upgrades and agronomic enhancements, including drainage improvements and practices to continue strong turf health. Princeville Makai, located on Kauaʻi’s famed North Shore, averages 78 inches of rain each year.

The project began on April 15 with nine holes shut down for construction for approximately six weeks, followed by work on the remaining nine holes over six additional weeks. Nine holes will always be open during the refinement project, with nine-hole and 18-hole rounds available for guests. For 18-hole rounds, guests will be encouraged to play different tees during their second loop. Plans call for the 12-week project to be completed and all 18 holes open for play by mid-July. Guests can continue to book tee times.

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Key Elements of the Refinement Project include:

  • Comprehensive bunker renovation to all bunkers on the golf course, incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This new generation lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the bunker, minimizing washouts, reducing maintenance and producing superior playability.
  • Drainage improvements will be executed in key areas to enhance playability and turf health
  • Guest experiences will be enhanced through cart path improvement in select areas
  • During construction, crews will execute an aggressive aeration of the Seashore Paspalum turf so air, water and nutrients can reach grass roots.
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Troon Senior Vice President of Golf Course Development Ron Despain is leading the bunker renovations and cart path changes, with construction work executed by Heritage Links. Agronomy projects will be done in collaboration with Princeville Makai Golf Club Superintendent Chris Parde, the club’s agronomy team and Troon Senior Vice President of Science and Agronomy Jeff Spangler.

"It takes a lot of energy to run a business – figuratively and literally," said Hawaiʻi Chief Energy Officer, Mark B. Glick of the state’s Green Hotel Award. "Using energy efficiently helps us to make the most of our finite natural resources, which benefits everyone who lives, works, visits, and loves Hawaiʻi."

Princeville Makai Golf Club opened in 1971 as the first solo effort of golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. In 2009 and 2010, the course was completely renovated by Jones Jr., introducing spectacular new Seashore Paspalum turf grass on all fairways and greens. Since the renovation, the Makai Course has soared to the top of golf’s most respected rankings, including Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America,” “Top 3 Best Courses You Can Play in Hawaiʻi” by Golfweek, and named one of the “Top 5 Great Golf Settings” in the world by National Geographic Traveler.

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Princeville Makai Golf Club
Address: 4080 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville, HI 96722
Phone: (808) 826.1912
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