Getting Back In The Swing Of Things

The renovated Princeville Prince Golf Course is set to reopen Dec. 14. Photo courtesy Prince Golf Course

Golf options on the North Shore have gotten more numerous after a pair of recent announcements.

The famed Princeville Prince Golf Course, which has been under renovation since Jan. 29, will be open once again Dec. 14. The course has been accepting tee time reservations since Sept. 19 and will soon offer patrons a look at the nearly yearlong refurbishment.

“Perhaps our most dramatic refinement efforts have been focused on the complete reconstruction of every green complex, recapturing hole locations that have been lost over time,” says Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course’s lead designer and architect. “We have gently reconfigured the contours in the green surfaces to accommodate the green speeds that will be achieved by the newly planted paspalum variety of turf grass. In addition, fairway mowing patterns have been widened dramatically to promote a more enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels.”

Since its inception under Jones’ design in 1990, the Prince has consistently been ranked among the top courses in Hawaii and was named to Golf Digest‘s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” for 2011/2012.

A release from the course specifies the remodeling of bunkers, clearing of fairways, streams and visual impediments, widening of fairways and reshaping of greens as some of the primary improvements.

The company carrying out the construction and renovation work, Heritage Links, has, according to its website, completed projects in the United States, Mexico, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. According to The Prince, Heritage Links “will manage all golf and club operations once the club reopens.”

For more information, call 826-5001 or visit www.princeville.com.

Another Jones-designed course on the North Shore, the Makai Golf Club, also made some news announcing that junior golfers can now play their rounds for free, “any time, any day.”

Players age 15 and under will not be charged any green fees when they are accompanied by one paying adult. The offer also includes complimentary Callaway rental clubs for the junior round.

If an adult brings multiple juniors to play, one plays free and the others will be offered 50 percent off the adult rate.

Young players who just miss the 15-and-under cutoff will still get a discount, as the course is offering a 50 percent off rate for juniors age 16 or 17.

For more information, call the Makai Golf Club at 826-192 or visit makaigolf.com.

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