Just a short drive from most of our vacation homes on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii. The Big Island is named The Golfing Capitol of the Hawaii Islands because there are so many world class golf courses.
MAUNA LANI RESORT GOLFING
If you thought the oceanfront par-3 seventh hole on the Francis H. I`i Brown South Course at Mauna Lani Resort was beautiful, just wait an hour. The 15th hole delivers a gorgeous grand finale. Stunning is the only way to describe this 196-yard par 3 over an ocean inlet where the green hugs the rocky coast.
A third scenic ocean lookout -- the 13th green along the cliffs -- makes the 6,924-yard South golf course more popular with tourists than Mauna Lani`s North Course, even though most critics and locals favor the challenge and strategy of the latter.
These same views bedazzled the audience who tuned in to watch Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Hale Irwin and others compete in the Senior Skins Game from 1990-2000.
Golfers can`t go wrong playing either course. In 2013, Golfweek Magazine ranked the North Course no. 14 and the South Course no. 15 among the best public golf courses of the Hawaiian islands. Shared from Golfpass.com (read more here)
Mauna Lani Resort is a luxury ocean front Hawaii golf resort with two championship courses, the Francis H. I`i Brown North and South Courses. Both golf courses offer a challenging experience to novice and professional golf enthusiasts alike. Mauna Lani was home to the Senior Skins Golf Game for 11 years and previously hosted the prestigious Hawaii State Open. The Big Island golf courses at this luxury resort are masterpieces of design, each strikingly different, yet equally challenging. Each course is a world apart geographically, and in playing experience.
Green ~ Earth Friendly
Mauna Lani Resort was named the only US property in North America to be honored as one of the world`s Top Luxury Eco Friendly Beach Destinations by Condé Nast Traveler. Mauna Lani`s solar energy innovations earned the resort the distinction of generating the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world. Condé Nast Traveler also recognized Mauna Lani Resort`s green sea turtle program as an ecotourism attraction. The resort also was selected as one of only ten golf resorts in the world for the first-ever Green Golf Award as a leader in environmental stewardship by Golf Magazine. More than 50 percent of the power used by the property’s golf facilities is solar.
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MAUNA KEA RESORT GOLFING
"Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this`ll be the most beautiful hole in the world." Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at the 3rd hole site.
Without changing the essential character of his father`s design, Rees Jones Inc. re-planted the championship Course with highly efficient ultra-dwarf TifEagle Bermuda grass on the greens and Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda grass on the tees, fairways and roughs. State-of-the-art irrigation systems, liners in the bunkers, and advance drainage improvements keep our Hawaii golf course in top shape and save on environmental resources.
As for play, the number of bunkers has been increased to 99, overall yardages have expanded by about 200 yards from the tips, and multiple tees will challenge all levels of players.
For more information about all golf courses on the Big Island,