Nicklaus oversees Kauai Lagoons Golf Club renovations


In a state of transition for several years now, renovations at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club appear to finally be plugging along.

Kauai Lagoons is part of the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach just minutes from Lihue's Airport. Originally consisting of two separate 18-hole courses, its layout has been in a state of flux since a Ritz-Carlton resort development came in -- and abruptly backed out in the heat of America's economic chaos of 2008.

Now, the renovations are back on track -- and are golf focused. The current phase of renovation includes building three new holes along the ocean, which will help create the longest stretch of oceanside holes in all of Hawaii -- even longer than the south shore's Poipu Bay Golf Course. Six other holes on the Kiele nine are currently being redone as well. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by next summer.

The Golden Bear himself recently stopped by on Kauai to check out progress on the project.

'The new holes we are building are going to fit in nicely with what golfers have come to expect from the Kiele golf course,' Nicklaus said. 'Great golf holes with beautiful ocean panoramic views.'

Currently, 18 holes are in play at Kauai Lagoons including the original three-hole dramatic finish of the Kiele, with 27 holes expected to be the final product at Kauai Lagoons.

The name of the game on the island of Kauai in recent years has been renovations to golf courses and resorts. The St. Regis Princeville Resort recently re-opened along with the brand new Makai Golf Club, and former PGA Grand Slam of Golf host Poipu Bay Golf Course is currently installing paspalum greens and is expected to open in mid-December. Kauai's Grand Hyatt is renovating its guest rooms throughout 2010 and is expected to be completed by 2011 as well.

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