There's a new way to take in the beauty of Princeville on Kauai's nature-soaked North Shore and see one of the nation's top golf courses at the same time. The famed Mak'ai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort has introduced a scenic new "Sunset Golf Cart Tour", where for $40 per cart you can enjoy a 90-minute self-guided drive around the 18-hole Mak'ai Course, incorporating serene lakes, immaculate greens and fairways, and stunning ocean coastline (the 9-hole Woods Course, which reopened after renovation in 2010, is not on the tour.) The easy-going ramble is a great way for non-golfers to enjoy the beauty of the course and is a perfect spot for love-struck Kauai travelers break open the champagne and enjoy the romance.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Mak'ai course (Mak'ai is native Hawaiian for "towards the ocean or sea") is situated on Kauai’s spectacular north shore, set between ocean and mountains. It also reopened after renovation in 2010 and boasts an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was named one of the “Top 5 Great Golf Settings in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and is currently ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses", and by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek as one of the top 5 public courses in Hawaii.
The golf cart tour starts at 5PM daily and allows two people to explore the course at their leisure in a new 2014 Club Car Prestige electric cart, complete with GPS tracking and a video schematic of each hole. Guests follow the cart paths meandering through the 18 holes, stop and linger wherever they wish to take photos, enjoy a snack or drinks (including champagne) purchased from the Mak'ai Grill, and watch the sun set over Hanalei Bay.
Highlights include the third tee box, with views of Hanalei Bay; hole #7 (the course's signature hole) for views of The Queen's Bath tidepool, a popular swimming spot in summer; and hole #14 with views of Anini Reef and the Kilauea Lighthouse, Hawaii's northernmost point. Wildlife seen on the course include mountain pigs, Laysan Albatross, Nene geese, Brazilian Cardinals, Hawaiian Moorhen, and, seasonally, Humpback whales in the open ocean. It's not golf, but a very pretty way to enjoy the course without the need for putters and drivers in hand.
For reservations, contact the Princeville Mak'ai Golf Club at (808) 826-1863.