One of Kauai’s best value golf courses is the 9-hole Kukuiolono Golf Course in Kalaheo. This semi-private golf course on the South Shore opened in 1928 and is designed by Toyo Shirai. The course measures 2,981 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 113 and a 70 USGA rating. It also has 2 sets of tees for different skill levels, with greens and fairways grown from Bermuda grass.
The small, 9-hole course is settled nicely in the hills above Kalaheo town, near Koloa. It was originally built as the private course of sugar king, Walter McBride. McBride, who had over 180 acres of land to his name, donated the course to Kauai in 1919. Golfers can give their “Aloha” to his final resting place near the 8th tee.
Near the golf course, there is Kukuiolono Park, which is perfect for guests who want to explore while others golf! There is a newly renovated Japanese garden to stroll through, with fountains, statues, and bonsai trees. See garden paths leading to a collection of Hawaiian lava rocks and a newly constructed meditation pavilion. This photo is an ancient stone from the garden!