Kohanaiki

Kohanaiki
Club Experience

Golf

Our Rees Jones-designed 18-hole golf course is inspired by the breathtaking beauty seen at every turn. Winding over 100 acres, its design seamlessly blends the sparkling blue ocean, sand, surf and lava that surround it. A par 72 that can play up to 7,329 yards, the course has been registered in the Audubon International Silver Signature Program thanks to its careful design to protect wildlife, conserve water, and preserve native vegetation. Jones is justifiably proud of this unique design opportunity. “The course is built on lava rock, but looks natural like an old-style golf course,” he says. “The fairways are very ample on the first 11 holes, but very challenging for better players from the back tees. You have to manage your game on the oceanfront holes 12–17 because of the natural features, and 18 is a wonderful finishing hole.” Rees admits, “I hope players are distracted. It’s too incredible a place not to look at what’s around you.”
  • Lessons

    Improve your game with our professional golf instructors who help you optimize your performance, grip, swing, accuracy and distance.  Kohanaiki utilizes the state-of-the-art TrackMan training system.

  • Course Amenities

    Offering a relaxing reprieve, our golf course has two Golf Hale where you can help yourself to an assortment of gourmet snacks and beverages, and step out of the sun for a bit to refuel and quench your thirst.

  • Player Services

    In keeping with golf’s great tradition, Kohanaiki offers both professional caddies and forecaddies to enhance your golf experience.

The Team

  • Marty Keiter | Director of Golf

    Marty Keiter has been a PGA member for 32 years and played an integral role at esteemed golf clubs on Kauai, Molokai, and Oahu. Marty was at Maui’s Kapalua Resort for 22 years where he was intimately involved in planning and building the Plantation Course, the golf academy, and played a vital role in The Mercedes Championships. Marty is particularly proud of his work with junior golf programs in Hawaii throughout his career. When asked about his favorite thing at Kohanaiki, he says, “I get a lot of ‘wow’s on this course…a lot.”

  • Brian Tanner | Director of Agronomy

    Brian brings 23 years of experience at nationally ranked golf facilities. At Kohanaiki, he has been instrumental in the development of the highly anticipated Rees Jones-designed golf course at every step. He worked closely with cultural experts, archaeologists, and preservationists to protect the land’s history and its unique ecosystem and marvels daily at the end-result.  Previously, Tanner played a crucial role at the Eldorado Golf & Beach Club, Intrawest Golf, and the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks. Along his career, he has won numerous accolades, including the 2004 Manager of the Year, the 2003 National Environmental Leader in Golf Award, and he attained an Audubon Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Planning and Water Conservation.

  • Patrick Clary | Head Golf Professional

    Head Golf Professional and PGA member, Patrick Clary has been an important asset to Kohanaiki’s Golf Team since 2012. Prior to moving back to the Islands, Patrick served as the Head Golf Professional at Northern Pines Golf Club in Montana, Brookridge Golf & Country Club in Kansas City, and as Assistant Golf Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado. Patrick received most of his teaching experience at Maui’s Kapalua Resort, mentored by professionals hailed as the country’s top 100 Golf Instructors, including Jerry King, Jim Flick, and Mike Adams. During his tenure at the Kapalua Golf Academy, the Academy was named one of the “Top 25 Golf Schools in America” by Golf Magazine.