Poipu Bay Reopens with New Turf

Poipu Bay Golf Course, the former home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, was closed for nine months for a re-turfing project that involved converting to Paspalum grass. The facility reopened for play on December 18.

Paspalum is a turfgrass conducive to tropical climates. It tolerates recycled water better than other grasses, demands fewer chemicals and resists saltwater. Poipu Bay chose Paspalum Supreme, a new variety with thinner blades, to allow for faster green speeds.

Officials waited until all 18 greens were in good shape before resuming play at Poipu Bay, which is part of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.

According to Craig Sasada, director of golf at Poipu Bay, the putting surfaces will maintain speeds around 9 on the Stimpmeter, a good pace for Paspalum and comfortable for all player levels.

Eventually, Paspalum will cover the entire course, but that requires an extended period of work. Some of the tees have already been converted, but work on the fairways involves sprigging. As part of the renovation, bunkers and tee boxes were reconstructed, and the 21,000-square-foot clubhouse underwent improvements.

"We're excited for our guests to play the course and experience the new greens," Sasada said. "The greens look absolutely pristine. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they will provide a faster and more consistent roll for our players."

Poipu Bay has been ranked among the best golf resorts in the world by various publications. The oceanfront resort features lush gardens, six restaurants, six lounges, water playground with a river pool, waterfall, a 150-foot water slide, a saltwater lagoon, tennis facilities and the Anara Spa.

For additional information, visit www.poipubaygolf.com.