Tiger Wood Swings On Kauai. You Can, Too

Golf Alongside The Pro's on Kauai's Lush Links

Tiger Wood Swings On Kauai. You Can, Too

Have you ever noticed that after watching the U.S. Open on television, you have this uncontrollable urge to get out on the tennis court and smack a few fuzzy yellow balls until you grunt and groan with every shot" Or how during half-time of the Superbowl, you want to wrangle your friends for a game of two-hand touch in the backyard" Well, the third best "urge" is watching the Grand Slam of Golf and wishing you could walk outside and launch a few balls towards the Pacific. Lucky for us, the latter is 100% achievable in two weeks, on the island of Kauai.

Tiger Woods will lead the charge at the 24th Annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course on November 21 and 22. The tournament brings the year's top 4 golfers to the jewel of the Grand Hyatt Kauai's course for a weekend of play. And luckily for those "doers" who have a hard time sitting back and letting the pros have all the fun, Kauai has 99 additional holes of golf at 3 other venues on the Garden Isle.

The 18-hole Puakea Golf Club (www.puakeagolf.com; 866-773-5554) is Kauai's newest course, centrally located in Lihue against a backdrop of the island's interior mountains. Jack Nicklaus' 36-holes at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club (www.kauailagoonsgolf.com, 800.634.6400), also in Lihue, offers two courses that both ranked in Golf Digests "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in 2005-2006." On the majestic North Shore, enthusiasts can tee off on 45 holes at Princeville (www.princeville.com, 800.826.1105), including the 27-hole Makai Course and the 18-hole Prince Course, both Robert Trent Jones II-designed, inclusive of sweeping Hanalei Bay vistas.

Tiger Woods will compete against U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk and Mike Weir, who each accumulated the most points on the majors tour this year. Their venue at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (www.poipubaygolf.com; 800.858.6300) is an impressive stretch of manicured greens, red-dirt cliff formations that fall to turbulent sea, with Kauai's south shore mountain chain for a dramatic backdrop. The resort is still offering kama'aina packages for those who want to watch the world's best golfers vie for $1.25 million.

Editors note: B on Hawaii visited the course and resort recently and recommends taking a walk through the clubhouse hallway, a museum-like experience with an abundance of photographs, trophies and memorabilia from Grand Slams that have taken place on Kauai over the last 13 years. The newly opened Yum Cha restaurant found at the clubhouse melds a course-vibe with hearty Asian-fusion fare, and a long marble bar ideal for watching the tournament with martini in hand.