"We are excited about the refined improvements to the entire facility, which will elevate the golf experience for our guests," says Mark Scheibach, Vice President of Golf Development for Heritage Links. "We have decided to allow more time to undertake a more thorough renovation of the clubhouse, develop a new ultimate driving range, extend the new turf grow-in period, and provide up-training for staff to deliver a higher level of customer service. We look forward to unveiling the Prince on March 1 as a world-class course with five-star service."
The Prince has been closed since January 29 for an extensive renovation project, including complete reconstruction of putting greens with SeaDwarf Seashore Paspalum turf and sub-surface material to meet modern USGA specifications; remodeling of bunkers to improve drainage, playability, visibility, and strategic value; clearing of fairways, stream edges, and visual impediments surrounding holes that have encroached upon the design intent of the course over the years; widening of fairways; reshaping of greens while recapturing hole locations that were lost due to green surfaces shrinking; tee leveling and addition of new tees for added shot value and variety; and improvements to ensure the course will be consistently maintained in superb condition. The 13-acre driving range and practice facility is also undergoing a creative renovation and expansion. The entrance to the course will be updated with new features and landscaping, and the spectacular 60,000-square-foot Prince clubhouse will be refurbished, including creation of golf-specific locker rooms and a newly designed golf shop.
Heritage Links is managing the course renovation work and will manage golf and club operations when the course reopens. The award-winning firm of Robert Trent Jones II, Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is serving as lead architect on the project under the direction of Chairman and Master Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who designed the Prince Course, which was completed in 1990.
"We are very excited about the ongoing improvements at the course that will further elevate the Prince's continual position in America's Top 100 golf courses," notes Jones. "We trust all golfers will appreciate these adjustments, and we invite you in March to come experience for yourselves what happens when Mother Nature and great golf coexist so beautifully."
The Prince Golf Course, on Kauai's lush north shore, is known equally for its challenging play, breathtaking natural beauty, and magnificent layout that follows the natural contours of the land, encompassing 350 acres of rolling terrain, tropical jungle, gullies, streams, and waterfalls. In recent years, the Prince was consistently ranked as the number one course in Hawaii and is recognized on Golf Digest's prestigious list of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" for 2011/2012.
For more information on the Prince Course, call toll-free 1-800-826-1105, direct (808) 826-5001, or visit www.princeville.com.