When the Windy City forecast turns chilly, it's time to start planning for a getaway golf vacation. You can get better rates at fabulous hotels during the off-peak times of the year and play golf at reduced rates during twilight hours.
Where else but in Kauai can you experience Hawaii in its most natural state, where manmade attractions pale beside the wildlife, waterfalls and wetcaves that remain unchanged for thousands of years. Known as the "The Garden Isle", golf is all that more spectacular on Kauai, because of the island's exceptional beauty. Against a backdrop of mountains or ocean, the golf courses of Kauai offer some of the most spectacular challenges and triumphs in Hawaii.
Eleven minutes from the Lihue Airport, The Kauai Marriott Beach and Golf Resort recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the best hotels in the world, combines the warmest island hospitality with the most idyllic destination. This majestic all-encompassing resort resides on the secluded waters of Kalapaki Beach and is home to the largest swimming pool on the island as well as two Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf courses. The Kiele and MokihanaCourses at the Lagoons Golf Club next door to the resort feature two unique layouts with stunning views of the island and Pacific Ocean. For golf course information, call 1-800-634-6400.
On the south end of the island, nature and renowned designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. have conspired to create a stunning venue for the star-studded PGA Grand Slam of Golf. At Poipu Bay Kauai golf course, a unique and unforgettable golf experience awaits you - one that will bring every aspect of your game into fresh and thrilling focus. This course like no other is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Poipu Bay, you'll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. From native nene geese and rare Hawaiian monk seals to green sea turtles and humpback whales, you'll have lots of wild excuses to back your scorecard. Even the most focused golfer will be challenged by the breathtaking views. For more information, call 800-858-6300.
One of the newest courses on the island is Puakea Golf Course , also minutes from the resort. Crafted by Robin Nelson, Hawaii's most prolific golf course architect, Puakea is 7,000 yards of exhilarating golf. Puakea plays through deep ravines, crosses mountain-fed streams, reveals views of the Pacific Ocean and treats golfers to stunning island beauty. Morning rates start at $125 and by twilight you can play for $55 for 18 holes. Visit www.PuakeaGolf.com. for more information.