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getting conflicting info, turning to experts [now with pictures]
I'm finding conflicting information, so I'm turning to the experts. My wife and I are staying on Kauai for a week, a week from now. I plan to play Poipu Bay and probably several rounds at Wailua. I expect to make a tee time at Poipu Bay, but my wife may not play there. Can a single get a time there? Also, I understand Wailua is packed with locals ( you guys, I guess ) on weekends. I will probably play there a couple afternoons during the week. Will I need a tee time, then, or can two people show up and walk on?

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I walked onto Poipu as a single, was able to get out in a relatively prime time spot also (10:30 if I recall). Not sure about Wailua, but I would imagine making a time for two is a safer route.

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Poipu is relatively easy to walk on during the work week as a single. Wailua is ok to walk on as well, but you'll have to wait to go out, and depending on how busy it is that wait can be a long one.

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Thanks for the help.

I booked a single time at Poipu Bay. Turns out that Wailua doesn't take times for singles anyway, so I'll just have to take my chances there. For some reason, I had put Puakea on my 'skip' list, but now I think I may play there, too. $25 after 4, so that may kill an evening even if we don't finish.

Wheels up in about 70 hours, not that I'm counting ;) We've had snow cover here for almost 3 months straight, which is really unusual. Would like to see something green.

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I got back a couple days ago. Played Wailua one afternoon, and Poipu Bay another. Camera wouldn't work at Wailua, but I fixed it in between, so all these are PB.

Looking off the back of #14 green. If you look, you can see the neighbors' horse corral, whose residents appear to have some of the nicest views among their species.
<img src="http://planet-torque.com/golf/hawaii/poipubay/poipubay-large-22.jpg">

Back up 16 and 15.
<img src="http://planet-torque.com/golf/hawaii/poipubay/poipubay-large-36.jpg">

Hitting 3i into 17. I don't know why my feet look so strange, I'm on 1 toe and 1 heel.
<img src="http://planet-torque.com/golf/hawaii/poipubay/poipubay-large-41.jpg">

More at [url="http://planet-torque.com/golf/hawaii/poipubay/"]http://planet-torque...awaii/poipubay/[/url] if you are interested.

For others' reference, I walked on Wailua at 4pm during the week. Played a few holes solo, and then finished the front nine with 3 local guys. Played the back solo ( at warp speed walking ) and just finished before dark. Actually, it was dark when I finished. I was standing 15 yards in front of 18 green, and I couldn't find the flag for several minutes ( then once I did, hit my best shot of the day to 2' ).

Other than getting chased down 10 & 11 by a herd of 40 angry chickens, I really liked Wailua. I can see why it was packed almost everytime I drove by. I only paid $30, and locals can play almost for free. Shot 87 from the 6500 yard tees in heavy wind ( knocked it 20y over #3 with an iron ) after having not swung a club in 3 months, and was not disappointed by that. If things like getting stuck behind a sixsome really get on your nerves, though, you'll want to stay far from this course. We had five in front of us on the front nine, and I think I saw at least 1 six every day I drove by.

I had a tee time at noon at Poipu Bay. The course was nearly empty, but they made a foursome out of 3 groups anyway. We never waited on a shot, except for each other, which was nice. The setting for the course is gorgeous, but the course itself was a little underwhelming, especially in the condition. To me, consistency is what matters, and the greens and traps were pretty wildly not. Predicting the speed of a putt was nearly impossible. We were four high-single/low-double digit caps, and we probably putted off 10 greens. Between that, and the unbelievable wind, it was more like a scenic hike with walking sticks than golf. The wind was 4-5 clubs all day, and almost every hole plays into it, until you reach 15. I reached the greenside trap on 14 hitting driver, 3w, 3w and was ecstatic. No one reached a 330y hole that we played into a gale. In two.

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