Poipu Bay closes for renovation but golf still abounds on Kauai


As has been the case for a couple years now, there's a lot happening on Kauai.

On April 1 Poipu Bay Golf Course, former host of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, closed its doors for an estimated eight months to install seashore paspalum supreme greens and also perform some minor alterations to the course.

Expectations are that the new turf will be firmer and faster than the current Bermuda strain, and if the practice green they tested the surface out is any indication, it will be.

The Grand Hyatt next door is going to close part of the hotel to upgrade rooms in conjunction with the course closure, and with the expectation that by the time the upgrades are complete, vacationers will have picked back up in Hawaii.

Poipu Bay closing is by no means an excuse to pass up at least a few days at the Grand Hyatt. It's the most spacious and outdoorsy of the golf resorts on Kauai. Even the Anara Spa is mostly outdoors, and treatments are conducted in a little village of private, airy huts.

Kauai is small enough that from the hotel, you can get to all the golf courses you want to see. From here, it's about a half hour's drive to Kauai Lagoons and Puakea in Lihue, and you're also just about five minutes from Kiahuna, a less spectacular, more local course that has some of the best playing conditions on Kauai.

A little farther away is Princeville and Hanelei, where the Princeville Makai course also reopened this winter after closing for more than a year. Not only was paspalum turf installed tee-to-green and Troon Golf brought in to manage the course, but many holes were enhanced and lengthened and it now provides a near perfect Hawaiian resort golf test. Rest assured, the remainder of the golf courses on Kauai are more than suitable while scenic Poipu goes under the knife.