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Tue 03 December 2019
A Kauai golf course recently earned international recognition in the 2019 World Golf Awards. Named Hawaii’s Best Golf Course, the Ocean Course at Hokuala has now held the title for three consecutive years.
“We are so grateful to again earn this distinguished World Golf Award, particularly in the golf-rich state of Hawaii,” said Kellie Hines, PGA head golf professional at the Ocean Course at Hokuala, in a statement. “These honors are a true testament to our goal of providing genuine service and experiences at our beautiful golf course.”
The World Golf Awards recognize excellence in golf tourism, courses and destinations. Winners are chosen via voting by golf travel and tourism industry professionals, as well as consumers.
The Ocean Course, which is part of private residential club Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences, was renovated in 2017 to feature TifEagle greens, an expanded driving range and a new clubhouse.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui also was recognized in the World Golf Awards as Hawaii’s Best Golf Hotel. The 54-acre property, which is comprised of 466 guest rooms, features two championship golf courses, the Bay Course and the Plantation Course.
Golf travel is an important facet of Hawaii’s tourism industry.
According to a recent survey, golf tourism generates $137,199,008 in revenue for the state. At a recent conference, John Monahan, president and CEO of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, said that golfers are “the bull’s-eye within our target traveler,” explaining that Hawaii target golf travelers are the type of high-spend visitors that the state seeks. Hawaii's target golf travelers have a median household income of $155,000, and many enjoy activities such as fine dining and shopping.