Kiahuna Golf Club – our first taste of golf on Kauai 

The Kiahuna Golf Club is located in the southern portion of Kauai in the Poipu area. It was our first golf experience in Kauai and turned out to be a fun place to get our feet wet and knock the rust off.

We teed it up with local golf blogger Wayne Halm (check out his Kauai Golf blog here), who we’ll be playing all our rounds with while we’re here. Wayne has an extensive knowledge of the Kauai golf scene and is the greatest golf ambassador for Kauai that I can tell. He’s a big reason why we find ourselves in Kauai with our golf clubs in tow, and I highly suggest dropping him a line when you visit Kauai.

Wayne chose Kiahuna as our first round primarily for our convenience, as it is just minutes away from our accommodations at the Koloa Landing Resort. It’s not easy to tear us away from the views on our lanai (patio), such as this sunset the previous night:

However, I’m glad he did, as the 6787 yard layout at Kiahuna, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is fun, down to earth and approachable. With the exception of a couple tight holes, it is relatively open off the tee and allows you to stay aggressive, which makes it fun for anyone. Add nice views of the surrounding mountains and ocean views in the distance, and you can’t go wrong.

As someone who always likes to warm up before a round (mainly because I’m getting old and don’t want to hurt myself), I appreciated the grass tee driving range to get loosened up and get a feel for the turf before setting sail on our round.

The view from the par-4 1st tee:

A cool thing you’ll notice as you make your way around Kiahuna Golf Club are many ancient ruins, such as this old crypt, giving the course a very historic aura about it.

While you shouldn’t have much trouble keeping it on the golf course at Kiahuna, you’ll still be challenged by the many bunkers, contoured green complexes, and several water hazards.

The approach to the par-4 2nd hole (with some more ancient ruins on the left):

The course was in good shape and I was impressed how fast the greens were rolling — a nice treat to start the trip, especially coming from snowy Calgary just a couple days prior.

Yours truly with Wayne on the par-3 7th hole. Two happy golfers, maybe because we haven’t hit our tee shots yet:

Beth and Wayne on the reachable par-4 11th green (where I made an “easy” par after driving it in the green side bunker):

Beth hitting over the Waikomo stream on the par-3 12th hole (she’d like you to know she made an easy par there):

With a peak rate of $95, Kiahuna offers up good value for a fun course in good condition. The course is plenty challenging for low handicaps (especially if you catch a windy day like we did), but is nice and playable for the casual player looking to mix in some golf on their trip, while not putting too big of a dent in their vacation fund.

The approach to the challenging par-4 17th hole:

They have a neat outdoor covered bar, which was a great place to grab a cold one and reminisce about the round.

I think I speak for both Beth and I when I say that we wouldn’t hesitate revisiting Kiahuna Golf Club on future trips to Kauai, and will always fondly remember it as our first Kauai golf experience.

Happy golfing!

Josh

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