Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kaua‘i Lagoons (Hawaii) Introduces New Director of Golf

GOLF Magazine Honors Kaua‘i ‘Premier Resorts;’ Puakea Unveils Junior Golf Academy Dates

(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club – the award-winning amenity course of Kaua‘i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach – introduces Paul Ito, PGA, as its new Director of Golf Operations.

The 43-year-old Hawaii native previously spent six years (2004-2010) as Director of Golf at Puakea Golf Course, another popular Kaua‘i course.

“I’m thrilled to be back on Kaua‘i and to once again be part of the island’s great collection of courses and resorts,” says Ito. “I look forward to helping Kaua‘i Lagoons continue its standing as one of the most scenic and well-regarded courses in Hawaii.”

A University of Washington graduate, Ito has been a PGA professional since 2002 and got his start in the golf industry as an assistant pro in 1996 at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Washington.
Kaua‘i Lagoons is the lone Jack Nicklaus Signature design on the island. In 2011, the club completed a renovation of the Kiele Course, adding three new holes that are part of the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii.

Puakea Golf Course Announces Dates for Junior Summer Golf Academy 
Puakea Golf Course – a local favorite set at the base of Mount Hau‘upu – will host a Junior Summer Golf Academy with four sessions: June 2-13, June 16-27, June 30-July 22 and July 14-18.

Each session runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the cost is $50 per child. Two sessions are $90, four sessions are $160 and if an attendee participates in the first three sessions, the fourth session is free.

Puakea has been ranked a top-15 course in Hawaii by Golfweek magazine and is known for its scenic, player-friendly Robin Nelson layout and expansive practice area with grass tees and more than 30 hitting stations.

For more information, or to register for the academy, call 866.773.5554.

GOLF Magazine Honors Kauai’s “Premier Golf Resorts”
The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa and Kaua‘i Marriot Resort on Kalapaki Beach were named to GOLF Magazine’s list of “Premier Golf Resorts, 2014-2015.” The prestigious biennial awards are included in the March issue of GOLF and are based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food and beverage and service.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort was one of 25 “Gold Award” winners. Overlooking beautiful Hanalei Bay, The St. Regis features the Halele‘a Spa and The Kaua‘i Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, as well as luxury accommodations. The resort sits adjacent to Princeville Makai Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design highlighted by numerous breathtaking holes along the Pacific Ocean.

Also located on the renowned North Shore is The Prince Course at Princeville Golf Club, which has been ranked the No. 1 course in golf-rich Hawaii by GOLF Magazine.

Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i, a “Silver Award” winner, boasts Poipu Bay Golf Course as its amenity course and is set among lush gardens with manicured lawns, a water playground with a lazy river pool, a saltwater lagoon and the luxurious Anara Spa.

Kaua‘i Marriott, another “Silver Award” winner, offers a tranquil setting on 800 beachfront acres facing Kalapaki Bay. In addition to Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club, a variety of recreational activities are available, including the largest single-level swimming pool in Hawaii.

For more information about Kaua‘i golf – Kaua‘i: Discover Golf's Ultimate Island Green – “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KauaiGolf, visit www.gohawaii.com/kauai/experiences/golf or call 800.262.1400.

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