Princeville Course Being Renovated

The renovation of the Prince Golf Course, located at Princeville Resort on Kauai's north shore, has been expanded to include additional upgrades. The firm of Robert Trent Jones II will oversee the project.

The Prince Course closed on January 29 to complete a bunker renovation that began last September. In addition to that work, the scope of the renovation will now include refurbishment of the greens with new Seashore Paspalum grass, a leveling of the tees, improved drainage and the installation of a new irrigation system.

The greens renovation will include minor reshaping of the first and 18th holes. To complete the renovation and allow sufficient time for the new greens to grow in, Prince's reopening is now planned for October.

Overseeing the projects is Jones, Jr., and the firm's president and chief design officer, Bruce Charlton. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to restore and refresh this wonderful top-100 golf course," said Jones.

"Superb playing conditions on the reconstructed green surfaces, refurbished bunkers and widened fairways will be appreciated by discriminating golfers of all skill levels. While we 'polish this gem' we will be focusing on enhancing shot values and playability on every hole. We invite all golfers to enjoy the enhanced splendors of Hawaii's top golf course when unveiled again this October."

Heritage Links will handle the construction and renovation work and has been selected to manage all golf and club operations. The company has received numerous awards, including the Builder Excellence Award in 2007 for its work at Liberty National Golf Course (New Jersey) and in 2008 for Chambers Bay Golf Course (Washington). Heritage Links also completed the renovation of the Princeville Makai Course alongside RTJII in 2009.

"The Prince Course is rated as Hawaii's No. 1 golf course and we are truly honored to have been selected to renovate and manage the facility and are excited to work with the ownership to provide a first class golf experience to all guests," commented Jon O'Donnell, president of Heritage Links.

The Princeville Prince Course, originally designed by Jones Jr. and opened in 1990, has been consistently rated as one of the top resort venues in the nation. It's ranked by Golf Digest as the No. 1 course in Hawaii and is the only layout in the state to be recognized on the magazine's prestigious list of America's "Top 100 Greatest Courses" for 2009-2010. The Prince follows the natural contours of the land and encompasses 390 acres of rolling terrain, tropical jungles, gullies, streams, and waterfalls.

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