Where award-winning golfing is just par for the course, Kauai is filled with gorgeous courses that even the non-golfers owe it to themselves to soak in. For a honeymoon destination as beautiful as Kauai, take a look at our top tips for golfing the island to experience it to the best of your ability during your honeymoon.
- Breathtaking Backdrops. The island is filled with challenging courses, but the hardest part is probably tearing your eyes away from the jaw-dropping scenery. The volcanic islands of Hawaii contain no shortage of verdant hillsides and volcanic mountaintops, so check out courses on Kauai that deliver the best of the local scenery. With the blue Pacific seascape, dense green jungles and volcanic mountain formations towering through the mist, just about every course is framed by a picture-perfect scene you'll hardly believe is real.
- Tee off at Dawn. What better way to see the beauty of Kauai than by witnessing the first licks of sunrise rise up over this incredible island? Some might not associate golf with romance, but from the vantage point of a manicured course on a clear Kauai morning, the sunset is even more beautiful than ever. Watch while the course and the lands around it become bathed in the first golden warmth of the awakening sun. It's the perfect way to usher in what might be the most romantic moment on your honeymoon in Kauai, when you'll want to put your game on hold just to witness an event so awe-inspiring, you'll hardly believe it happens daily.
- Prepare for Rain. Hawaii is known for its pleasant weather year-round, so no matter the season you'll be enjoying average temperatures around 77-85. However, tropical rains can start without warning so you'll want to bring an umbrella or lightweight rain gear even if at first there's no sign of a shower. The good news is, tropical rains can stop as fast as they start, putting you back under the clear Kauai skies so you can pack away the umbrella and get right back to your game.
- Pack A Camera. Kauai's golf courses each offer something special, so no matter which you choose, you'll want to bring a camera to capture it. The island's golfing also happens to deliver some of the best vistas and most gorgeous scenery you can find, so be sure to pack a camera for those moments you won't be able to capture anywhere else. The Puakea course is just one example where the beauty of the surrounding mountains is so inspiring, they're famous - they were used as a backdrop in the film Jurassic Park. In Kauai, the golfing isn't just about the game - it's about getting out and witnessing the pure beauty of Hawaii from one of the best seats in the house.
- Stock Up On Golf Balls. With challenging courses featuring narrow greens, water hazards, jagged lava rocks, splashing tides and enough unreal scenery to distract even the pros, you're going to want to pack as many extra balls as you can carry! Be prepared to lose lots of them, and remember the old saying: It's not about how many balls you lose; it's about the beauty of the course that swallowed them!
- Pack Hybrid Clubs. Many of Kauai's courses tend on the shorter side, with fairways that can be hard to hit. Packing a hybrid club or two will help you hit the mark you need, instead of just wailing the ball as far as possible. Kauai golf is some of the best in the world, but also brings a great challenge. That's why so many pros list Hawaii as a top golfing spot, and why you might even see some of them sharing the green.
- Price Check. Many hotels offer discounts on admission to the resort course, driving range or even instructional classes and clinics. See what hotel customers are charged versus general admission, but don't limit yourself to the course on your resort. There are so many to choose from you may find a different one that's more your style, so it's worth exploring or even playing more than one so you get course that best fits what you and your true love are looking for.
- Avoid the Weekends. Kauai's golf courses can get much more packed on weekends when the locals have more time to play. If possible, tee off on a weekday and avoid holidays so you're not rushed through the course. You'll want to be able to take your time and enjoy every bit of scenery, not having to worry about crowds, hustle or waiting for the next hole on your Kauai honeymoon.
- Play On the Best. Kauai is home to numerous award-winning courses, some of which have even been called the finest in the country. Do a little research. Non-golfers or novices may want to find the course with the most gorgeous scenery, while experienced players may want to focus on courses designed or endorsed by the pros. Depending on your preference, or if you're an avid golfer and your other half isn't, there's still something for everyone. That includes courses that balance a world-class game with all the scenery to take your breath away. Even if one of you decides not to play at all, it's worth coming along for the endless picture-perfect views of the island.
- Enjoy the Game. Golfers ranging from the novice to total pros won't want to waste any energy being frustrated by a bad game. In a place this beautiful, even with a double bogey or two it's important to remember you're still golfing in paradise!
We hope you found some of these tips helpful and have a chance to enjoy a day (or two) on the links during your honeymoon in Kauai. Looking for the course of your dreams? Check out a full list of Kauai golf courses here.