PRINCEVILLE, Kauai, Hawaii -- A $5 million facelift has the iconic Prince Golf Course at Princeville on Kauai's north shore looking brand new.
The extensive refurbishment project finished in 2012 added tee boxes, rebuilt bunkers and covered all the greens with eco-friendly seashore paspalum while enhancing playability in certain areas. The rejuvenated 13-acre practice area centers around a beautiful driving range that transforms into a six-hole par-3 course in the late afternoons. The "Mini Prince" -- designed for beginners and families to walk -- features holes ranging from 65 to 91 yards.
It's the perfect complement to the big course, a beautiful brute that ranks no. 22 on Golf Digest's list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses." The Prince, arguably the best work of Robert Trent Jones Jr., rises and falls through the jungle, demanding strong shot-making and wise decisions to get around without losing too many balls. Ocean views and a waterfall behind the 13th green provide striking natural beauty.
The 66,000-square-foot clubhouse is just as magnificent with floor-to-ceiling windows and The Tavern Restaurant by celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi.