Kauai Lagoons Golf Club at Lihue, Hawaii
Photo: Kauai Lagoons Golf Club – Marriott
We’re told that after Kauai Lagoons Golf Club at Kiele was completed in 1987, Nicklaus liked the design so much that he made only one change—adding a back tee to the 207/188/162/126 yard, par three, 13th.
You know this Kauai Lagoons Golf Club hole is famous, and regularly included on the list of Hawaii’s best holes.
Golfers pose on a cliff, simply staring in awe at the formidable task before them — a shot through the void and across a frothing, gaping gulf to a green that, from the blues, looks about as big as a goldfish bowl in a carnival.
The 13th conjures memories of the 16th at Cypress, or the second shot on the 8th at Pebble Beach, which happens to be one of his favorite shots in golf. Perhaps it provided some of his inspiration, here.
Before leaving, look back and appreciate the small green perched on a lava cliff, overlooking a lighthouse and inviting bay filled with golf balls.
Kauai Lagoons Golf Club
3351 Hoolaulea Way
Lihue, Hawaii 96766-1700
Phone: (808) 241-6000 or (800) 634-6400