"Play with us, mon," the barefoot local said as we walked up to the first tee at Kukuiolono, a 9-hole golf course on Kauai. Golf on Kauai usually costs big bucks, but at this public course it only costs $9 to play all day.
What a change from the day before, when we played the Prince Course. (While paying greens fees and for a $3 hand cart here, we heard the folks behind us muttering about their round at "the unfair course" they played the day before. Looking at the golfer's legs, you could see that he had tried to find his lost golf balls in the thorny bushes alongside the fairways on the Prince Course.)
We laughed our way through nine holes, thanks to the comments from our local golf guides. My best shot (for laughs) was a ball that flew right into the coconut tree on the second hole that was already decorated with white, yellow, pink and orange golf balls.
What to Expect When Playing Kukuiolono
The course is perched on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, which is about a mile away. If you're a beginner, you'll love the wide fairways. While better golfers may not find this course a challenge, it's a lot of fun. (In part, because there are no ranger pushing you along if you stop to take in the views, or spend a minute more than the allotted time per hole on the more expensive courses.) Expect wind sweeping over the terrain, lots of trees, few fairway hazards, and maybe a wild chicken pecking on a green.
Why Cheap Golf on Kauai, Hawaii?
You might think cheap golf on this island is an oxymoron, when so many courses cost $100 to $200 or more for a round. Here, it's just $9 for the right to play all day! (Plus $3 for a hand cart or $9 for a gas cart.) Thank Walter McByde, the son of Duncan McBryde who developed this land after leasing it from King Kamehameha III in 1860. Walter, a sugar magnate and golf fanatic, later bought the estate and built the course in 1929. When he died, he donated it to Hawaii because he wanted locals to have a course they could afford to play. He loved golf so much that he requested he be buried by the 8th hole.
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