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May 10, 2011

Princeville's Prince Golf Course Renovation: New Details Released From Robert Trent Jones, Jr.


PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI, HAWAII (May 10, 2011) – The renovation of Hawaii’s acclaimed Prince Golf Course, located at Princeville Resort on Kauai’s north shore, is making significant progress and additional details have been released regarding the refurbishments underway at the course.

            The Prince Course closed on January 29 for renovation, with a reopening planned for October of this year. The award-winning firm of Robert Trent Jones II, Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is serving as lead architect on the project under the direction of Chairman and Master Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who designed the Prince Course when it opened in 1990.

             “Our firm is implementing a wide-ranging refreshment of The Prince," says Jones,  "that will return the golf course to its original pristine condition and its stature as the best course in Hawaii—essentially, we’ll give The Prince the royal treatment that it deserves.
             "This thoughtful revitalization will make the course more flexible for a wider range of players while still providing Championship-caliber challenges for more seasoned golfers.  We’ll reclaim fairways and tranquil streams that have been narrowed or hidden by encroaching rainforest; remodel the bunkers; and completely resurface the greens, restoring their original grandeur, beauty, and shapes.  We’ll also perform some additional reshaping that will help canny players to use the slopes and ground features to their advantage, as we intended in our original design.
             "Our improvements will also help ensure consistent conditions. For example, our staff will permanently mark green edges with tracer wire to make certain they are mowed and maintained to their specified shapes and sizes.  All improvements will be entered into a GPS system that the superintendent can consult to make certain the course remains true to its design when vegetation naturally begins to encroach again upon the playing areas.  You can think of it as a security system meant to protect a living artwork from the elements."

    Princeville's spectacular Prince Golf Course is known equally for its challenging play, breathtaking natural beauty, and magnificent layout following the natural contours of the land and encompassing 390 acres of rolling terrain, tropical jungles, gullies, streams, and waterfalls. In recent years, the course has been consistently ranked as one of the top resort courses in Hawaii and the nation, and it is recognized on Golf Digest's prestigious list of "America’s 100 Greatest Courses” for 2011/2012. For more information on the Prince Course, call toll-free 1-800-826-1105, direct (808) 826-5001, or visit www.princeville.com.                                    

            About RTJ II:
With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II, Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide.  Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. For additional information contact the firm at +1 650-475-0329 or on the website at www.rtj2.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Candy Aluli, Aluli Public Relations, Phone (808) 669-1993  Email AluliPR@hawaii.rr.com
Alternate Contact:
Mark Scheibach, Email marks@heritage-links.com     Phone (760) 250-8305

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