Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course that offers Hawaii’s longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes, is coming off an extensive renovation project that reopened the famous back nine of its former Kiele course after several years of improvements and alterations. Formerly a 36-hole club consisting of the Kiele and Mokihana Courses, Kauai Lagoons has been revamped as a leaner 27-hole course, with 18 currently open.
While Nicklaus and his design team altered some holes more than others on Kiele Moana, the constant change throughout the nine are new TifEagle greens that roll faster and are less grainy compared to the previous greens. Also, the red sand bunkers were rebuilt and replaced with white silica sand.
Now begins the process of updating the greens and bunkers on the course’s other two nines. The closing of the remaining nines will be staggered, however, to ensure there are always 18 holes available to play at Kauai Lagoons.