Princeville golf course going green

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    The refillable Aluminum bottle is the best way the Makai Golf course saves 70,000-100,000 plastic bottles on the island.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Sales and Marketing Manager at Makai Golf Course demonstrates a water bottle refill on their new FloWater machine.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Makai Golf Course’s General Manger/Mr. Aloha enjoys their new yeti flask

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Makai’s pro shop’s check in has a display that brings awareness of no water bottle policy to all.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    The pro shop is well stocked with aluminum bottles and yeti products to help promote their no plastic water bottles movement.

PRINCEVILLE ­– Just before COVID-19 countermeasures were put in place and golf courses were closed to the public, Princeville Makai Golf (PMG) Course banned plastic water bottles on their course, and now golfers get a refillable water bottle to use at various machines along the course, instead.

Gov. David Ige opened up the golf courses up to the public this week.

Last year, PMG management realized the course contributed over 100,000 plastic water bottles to Kaua‘i’s waste problem. Even though PMG recycled the bottles, they were giving out the water bottles for free.

“We are on the island in the middle of the Pacific, and if we are personally responsible for over 100,000 water bottles, then I can only imagine what the other communities are doing and the other golf courses are doing,” sales and marketing manager Lindsay Waller said. “How everything can add up. I swear I had a nightmare…I just saw water bottles coming at me.”

According to Waller, the management team explored environmentally friendly and sustainable options.

PMG began its sustainability journey by partnering up with different vendors that aligned with its vision.

“That’s when we started looking into pairing up with partners such as Yeti, PATHWATER, FloWater. Once we put in FloWater, we really wanted to kick it up a notch and just totally eliminate water bottles,” said Waller.

PMG first sent out memos to all of their guest and employees a few weeks before stopping its water bottle orders.

Now when golfers check into the Pro Shop, employees will inform them that free plastic water bottles will no longer be given out, and plastic water bottles are now banned on the course. However, golfers can get a refillable PATHWATER aluminum water bottle that can be refilled by using a FloWater machine or refilled it at one of four refilling stations on the golf course.

To help ensure that PMG’s employees were on board with the new no plastic water bottles movement, every employee received a Yeti at the company Christmas party.

The starter on the golf course knows to mention the no water bottle policy to all of their golfers. Employees are encouraged to let guests know about the policy and help promote bringing reuseable water bottles or buy one in the Pro Shop.

Waller mentioned Yeti was working on a Napali Coast flask to be sold in their Pro Shops by summer. She hopes that PMG’s actions on the North Shore help other golf courses and community businesses do the same and help keep Kaua‘i green.

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Stephanie Shinno, features and community reporter, can be reached at 245-0424 or sshinno@thegardenisland.com.

4 Comments
  1. Tom May 5, 2020 4:39 am Reply

    The image of green golf course is misleading. This golf course uses excessive spraying of fertilizer and weed killers. They obviously do not care about our reefs or ocean run off. Many golf courses are organic. A green golf course would follow those practices.


  2. David A Stevens May 5, 2020 5:35 pm Reply

    Nice Cheap Shot there Tom! Why do you want to turn a positive into a negative? How do you know the course uses “Excessive” spraying of fertilizers? I wonder how the hundreds and hundreds of Nene thriving on the course and dozens and dozens of nesting Albatross can tolerate such a toxic environment? Appears contradictory Tom!


  3. Susan Bernard May 6, 2020 4:34 am Reply

    The golf course is not green in another way as well. Each of the the last fourteen years I have observed encroachment on the natural vegetation that existed on its land and a discouragement of albatross nesting. Who are they kidding?


    1. Dave Stevens May 6, 2020 4:38 pm Reply

      Encroaching on Albatross nesting? The number of nests has quadrupled over the last 3 years alone! And what does that have to do with the course eliminating plastic water bottles? Why don’t you give some credit where credit is due???


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