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4080 Lei O Papa Rd Ste C
Princeville, HI  96722-5115
United States
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Prince Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,309 yards | 145 slope

75.3 rating

Prince Golf Course

The 18-hole "Prince" course at the Princeville Resort Makai Golf Course facility in Princeville, Hawaii features 7,309 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 75.3 and it has a slope rating of 145. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., ASGCA, the Prince golf course opened in 1971. Troon Golf, LLC manages this facility, with Doug Sutter as the General Manager.


Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed April 01, 2010

Yes, the Makai course was fun to play...but the upgrade at this point is more of a downgrade. I would think that most of the rounds of golf played there are by visiting only having one or two yard markers per hole makes a difficult course even more so for your average golfer. The new sand traps are very difficult to get out of as the sand is extremely fine and sugary. And no ball washers at any tee boxes is just another downgrade, especially when your paying premium prices. I would not recommend this course to anyone wanting an enjoyable golfing experience.

Reviewed March 29, 2009

I played the Prince course and the makai 27 holes in August of 2007 I found the Prince to be very good test of ones golfing ability. The greens and fairways were very nice, the vistas were outstanding, and all said and done one of the best I have played. Do not underate the makai 27 holes as the ocean 9 is probally the most senic of any course I have ever played. The woods 9 has an outstanding par three the # 2 hole is 200 yards over a canyon with almost all carry one of the most memorable par 3's I have ever played The makai course is a little less difficult but a good test of your golfing skills. If you get a chance play all these Robert Trent Jones courses they are all great and dont worry about houses they do not come into play unless you are a super hacker. GETER DONE

Reviewed November 30, 2008

beautiful course, but as the starter told me when i was going to the first tee it's target golf
the course was in good shape and the greens were true but there was entirely too much environmental for me

Reviewed August 18, 2008

as far as scenery, this course was fantastic. difficult holes with intimidating fairways. but as far as upkeep i think they could try a little harder to keep the course up as it should be with the price tag. all in all a must play.

Reviewed June 05, 2008

What Happened?

As far as the stuff the Creator endowed this course with, it was amazing! The humans on the other hand are not keeping this course up as they should. If you're going to let a course go, drop the price. There were weeds in the fairways and green fringes and bare spots on the greens. The fairways were so dry and bare you had to play for an extra 75 yards of roll (sometimes more on a down slope), which put me in the ravines at least 3 times. The women's tee box on the beautiful elevated par 4 on the back nine had been lost and the temporary tee was dreadful. Until this course returns to the lush condition it used to be in 5 years ago or they drastically reduce the price, it's not worth it. Where's all the money going? Definitely not to the upkeep of the course. We only saw the beverage cart twice and there's no food at the turn, so don't come hungry.

Reviewed January 18, 2008

Challenging course, but less impressive course management

This course has been rated one of top courses in Hawaii. So, I decided to play this course in addition to the Makai course. The first nine holes of the Prince course were difficult, but not as difficult as the slope rating indicated. Hole # 6 and # 7 have a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. The par fives in the front nine allow you to make par scores.
The back nines were really difficult because the severe elevation changes in fairways, up or down, and discontinuous fairways (broken into two or three pieces) made it difficult to view the rest of fairway, and often my blind second shots landed in wrong spots. For the first time player, it is essential to know the details of the layout of the fairways of par 5 holes in the back nines if he/she wants to make par scores. Also, there are two challenging par 3 holes in the back nines. Both par 3 holes have small greens partially surrounded by cliffs. It would be very difficult to make a good tee shot to the green in a windy day (with 30-40 mi. wind). I finally understood why the slope rating is so high (145).

As far as the condition of the course is concerned, it has been raining day and night since I arrived here on the Christmas Eve. But, the tee site of hole 4 was still filled with rain water, and my feet sank in the mud during the tee shot. The greens in four or five holes throughout the courses had brownish or mudded second cut areas. As I remember, some of the fairways were overrun by extensive crab grasses. So, overall, the course was not in the best condition as the high fee suggested. If you are a person who loves to play challenging courses, I would say, “play” but not for $200.

Reviewed January 15, 2008

Amazing this course was so hard but so beautiful . I propose to my wife on hole # 6 ( not while playing we snuck on at night to see the stars and the sea). I played it once hope to play it again .

Reviewed August 11, 2007

Dr_T is mistaken. There are two courses at Princeville - the Makai course, which is 27 holes that are, yes, surrounded by housing that is getting worse. Still a great course, regardless of the 18 you choose to play, and it's cheaper and easier than the course on this page - the Prince course. The Prince is 18 holes and has NO houses around it. I had the privilege of playing it with my father a few years ago (returned this year but didn't play the prince, just went to the gym there), and we teed off directly behind Robert Trent Jones Jr. and his grandson. It is a spectacular and challenging course, and worth the high price for sure. For somewhat less money, the Makai courses are decent, and I don't find the houses to be much of a problem.

Reviewed May 13, 2007


An almost unbelievable scenery, surrounded by a challenging golf course, with wonderful amenities. The best place to play golf. Pricey, but its worth it.

Reviewed August 11, 2006

Rape of the Prince

Played three round at the beginning of August 06. Shoot 86, 95 & 88 so the remarks that follow are not excuses for playing badly. Previously I had only seen this gem in photographs and heard about it about from friends who had made the trek to Kauai. Based upon both of these I was looking forward to Princeville as one of the two high points of my two week trip to Hawaii - the other being The Plantation Course at Kapalua. At the end of my first round, I felt sick to my stomach. The developers have infested this regal track and have fouled the front nine with endless rows of houses invading the fairway margins. Vistas of both the ocean from the higher elevations and of the mountains from the ocean holes are spoiled beyond imagination. If you played this course before the developer rape, you were very very lucky and have a precious golf memory. If you go back to play it again.... forget those memories, they are history. Finally, I cannot think of a more mickey mouse opening hole on such a quality course.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 larry M. 6 77 71 06/30/10
2 Harry C. N/A 72 72 12/28/06
3 Matt T. 26 100 74 09/30/08
4 Jack P. 2 77 75 12/07/07
5 Joe F. 24 100 76 06/03/09
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
13 Justus F. 21 105 84 02/14/14

Golf Course Information

About Princeville Resort Makai

Princeville Resort Makai Golf Course

Resort facility

Managed by Troon Golf, LLC

10 tees driving range

27 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Doug Sutter, General Manager
Eric Belmonte, Golf Professional
Matt Bachmann, Superintendent
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