Princeville Makai Golf Club’s Sunset Golf Cart Tour has been named the “Best New Amenity” at a public/resort course by Golf Inc. magazine, the world’s only magazine for golf course developers, owners and management company executives. Golf Inc. annually recognizes the best new amenities at public and private golf clubs in their September/October issue. In 2019, eight new amenities were honored by the industry publication, with Princeville Makai’s Sunset Tours leading the way in the public/resort course category.
Each day, the 90-minute guided tours begin at the Makai Grill, followed by five breathtaking stops with views of native flora such as plumeria and hibiscus trees; albatross and nene birds; and Garden Isle landmarks, including Hanalei Bay, Queen’s Bath, Kilauea Lighthouse, Anini Reef and North Shore beaches. The tour ends on the 7th hole as the sun disappears over the horizon. Tours are led by members of the golf staff, including Princeville Makai’s Head Golf Professional Tom Freestone and General Manager Doug Sutter.
“Very clever and a great way to capture additional income,” said Frank Benzakour, one of the Golf Inc. judges. “This team redefined the meaning of ‘innovate or die.’ A+ for effort and A+ for results.”
Princeville Makai Golf Club charges $69 per cart for the Sunset Golf Cart Tours. In 2018, more than 5,000 visitors took the tour generating additional revenue for the club. The club is on pace to break the 5,000 visitor mark in 2019.
“Our number one goal with the Sunset Tour is to help visitors learn about the area,” said Sutter. “It’s also an opportunity for our staff to share the Aloha Spirit with guests. We’re excited by how the Tours have grown with golfers and non-golf visitors alike.”
For more information on Princeville Makai Golf Club, visit www.makaigolf.com