LIHUE — Timbers Resorts has begun work to complete the renovation of Hokuala’s Oean Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and the expansion of its practice facility. In addition to the substantial improvements to the golf course, construction will begin this fall on a new clubhouse featuring an enhanced pro shop, lagoon- side restaurant and bar, and tennis garden.
Timbers also appointed industry veteran Fran Roach as the new general manager of the Hokuala Golf Club to oversee golf operations, as well as to lead the launch of the new clubhouse and restaurant.
With more than 15 years of experience as a general manager in the golf industry and 26 years as a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, Roach will establish Hokuala as one of the top resort golf experiences in the world.
“Fran’s track record of success, including launching four golf resorts in four different countries, speaks to his depth of experience in course management while showcasing his ability to quickly dial in to different markets and deliver an unparalleled golf experience,” said David A. Burden, founder and executive chairman of Timbers Resorts. “We look forward to continuing the legacy of this amazing course by improving playing conditions and introducing contemporary upgrades and modern comforts for players, and we strongly believe Fran’s expertise will help us exceed all expectations.”
Prior to his new role at Hokuala, Roach was the general manager at Bali Hai Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip which consistently received accolades for the course conditions and exceptional levels of service provided to the guests.
The renovation to the front nine holes of the golf course will complete those previously made to the Ocean Course back nine, including new world-class putting surfaces with TifEagle grass and new silica sand bunkers.
The Ocean Course, formerly known as the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons, is scheduled to reopen in November.