Draped on a clifftop plateau above the surf-splashed South Shore of the island of Kauai, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa’s Poipu Bay Golf Course is 7,123 yards of Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed fairways with 85 yawning bunkers and five water hazards –– all brushed with notoriously steady tradewinds off the Pacific. The track is laid around several 500-year-old Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and hand-built stone walls. (If your ball lands in a heiau, don’t touch it or mana, a Polynesian spiritual power, may take its revenge.)

With no surrounding residential or resort development to mar the views, the ocean-links style course meanders through acres of blooming tropical plants and flowers. The greens were recently updated with salt-tolerant, Sea Shore Paspalum turf, creating more consistent –– and faster –– putting surfaces. Hawaii’s endangered, native nene geese wander the fairways, while humpback whales spout offshore in the wintertime. The home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for a dozen years, Poipu maintains tournament-ready conditions for the frequent corporate and group tournaments held here.

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