Mauna Lani Resort Francis H. Ii Brown Golf Courses
The Mauna Lani golf courses are immediately recognizable for the stark contrasting beauty of black lava and emerald green fairways.
The South Course former home to the annual Senior Skins Game from 1990 - 2000. The resort is now home to the prestigous Hawaii State Open. The South Course snakes through the stark, rugged a'a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow, offering a panorama of mountain and ocean views alongside a challenging golf experience. No. 15 is one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world.
The North Course represents the quintessential golf experience on the Big Island. Built on a lava bed, it is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by kiawe (mesquite) forests. Number 17 is a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater and one of Mauna Lani resort signature holes.
Mauna Kea Golf Course
About 8 ½ miles from Mauna Lani is Mauna Kea’s 18-hole championship golf course. (808) 882-5400.
Created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this famous course remains an all-time favorite in beauty and design with elevated, undulating greens and prevailing coastal winds that demand accuracy. The Mauna Kea course offers dramatic coastal views including the signature 3rd hole that stretches across a surging inlet. Golf Digest, America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, 2009-2016.
Hapuna Golf Course
It’s an easy drive of about 8 ½ miles along Highway 19 to the Hapuna Golf Course. (808) 880-3000.
This beautiful course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay climbs from sea level to 700 feet and boasts a view of the coastline and the ocean from every hole. Well-designed, challenging for experienced players and fun for all levels of play.
Waikoloa Beach & Kings' Golf Course
Drive about 4 miles south of Mauna Lani to the Waikoloa Resort. (808) 886-7888.
Designers Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish crafted a Scottish links-style layout at the Kings’ that fits with Weiskopf philosophy of demanding the best from the golfer, yet does not overly penalize miss-hit shots.
Created in 1981 by Robert Trent Jones II, this course offers dramatic ocean views especially from the number 7 tee box. Better players have the opportunity to go low and make birdies, but families and new golfers will also enjoy the course for the sheer fun it allows.