Traveling with golf clubs can be a nightmare. Recently, companies have sprung up to help alleviate that problem by shipping your clubs separately. Still, it can be a hassle to lug your clubs everywhere you go, especially if you are in a remote location.
The Hawaiian island of Kauai certainly qualifies as remote in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The oldest of all the islands of the 50th state, Kauai is sometimes called the “Garden Island.” Little wonder as this is one of the wettest places on earth.
That heavy rain creates a lush landscape. You can find seaside resorts that are the hallmark of Hawaii, of course, but that is hardly all there is to do here. Great hikes traverse the volcanic island that is marked with numerous waterfalls and 3,000-foot deep Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Don’t let the rain fool you. There is almost always enough sunshine to squeeze in a round of golf. This is especially true in the lower elevations near the coast, which is both drier and warmer than the mountains. The southwestern side of the island gets as much as two-thirds less rain than other parts of the island.
Even though you can ship your clubs here, it is much easier to rent them. If you have ever rented clubs, you know the results can be iffy. Sometimes you get a poor set that looks straight out of the 1970s. Golf resorts in Kauai recognize that need and offer quality golf club rentals.
Here then are some of the best places in Kauai to rent golf clubs.
You have a couple of different ways to go about renting your clubs in Kauai. One is to rent from the golf resort itself. Another is to go with a separate country dedicated to the subject.
Kauai Golf Club Rentals specializes in Callaway clubs, a quality choice. There is no storefront as the company delivers the clubs from a warehouse to you wherever you are staying and then picks them up at the end of the rental. This can be a great way to rent as it is likely a less expensive option.
The only downside is that there are no daily rentals. You need to be on a golfing vacation, planning to play several days, to make this worthwhile.
A similar cheaper option is the Kauai Bound Store. As the name suggests, this is an actual storefront. You have to pick up the clubs yourself but advertised rates are $20 per day or $70 per week.
This place specializes in Wilson clubs. They may not be the quality of Callaway, but they should be fine.
Now we turn to the courses themselves. This is a much simpler option. You will pay for that simplicity but you will likely get a nice set of clubs to play with minus any hassles. Simply rent the clubs before the round and return them at the end.
Poipu Bay is a stunning course adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Set upon an ocean-side plateau almost 100 feet above the water, you will be pampered here with views that are almost beyond belief.
Famed designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. created this masterpiece which hosted the PGA’s Grand Slam of Golf for 13 years.
Located on Kauai’s north shore at the St. Regis Princeville Resort, this course offers everything you expect for golf in Hawaii.
Gorgeous views of the water and surrounding mountainside fauna and flora can distract you from the golfing challenge that awaits. The frequent rain here can make this course softer than you might be used to. That’s likely a good thing as the trade winds can be tricky here.
Makai rents Callaway clubs at a reasonable price.
Another stunner, the Puakea Golf Club is built among the volcanic cliffs on Lihue on Kauai’s east coast. You will come to expect great views anywhere you play in this paradise, and Puakea delivers.
Puakea offers wide fairways that make it not as difficult challenge as other courses here. Still, it is worth the visit to this well-manicured course.
You can rent either Srixon or Cobra clubs here, both fine options for a fair price.
As you can see, both private companies and the golf courses themselves make it easy to rent golf clubs. And unlike times in the past, these are almost always quality clubs.