Princeville’s Prince Golf Course, will reopen on March 1, 2012 — an adjustment from the previously announced December date — after the completion of some additional refurbishments to the course and clubhouse. The Prince, ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the United States, is located in Kauai, Hawaii and has been closed since January for this extensive facelift.
“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.
Renovation includes installing 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 shrubs 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 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.