Mauna Kea Resort

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Big Island, Hawaii | Mauna Kea Resort

Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Year: 1965
Rate: $165 - $275

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
(808) 882-5400

Course Access: Public

electric carts provided
driving range available


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Mauna Kea was the first course to tackle the black lava rock prevalent on the Kona side of Hawaii’s Big Island and the result was an expensive project on a spectacular setting.  The greens roll as good as any course on the island and the conditioning throughout the layout is quite commendable which simply adds to the enjoyment factor of the round. The complimentary yardage book on the 1st tee will help you navigate the highly bunkered course and will reveal the ocean as the only water hazard to contend with on the layout. If you have trouble hitting the ball high or from sand bunkers then Mauna Kea is going to quickly expose your weaknesses, otherwise you should have a blast.

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Bill Satterfield

Mauna Kea Resort

What to Expect:  Mauna Kea was the first course to tackle the black lava rock prevalent on the Kona side of Hawaii's Big Island and the result was an expensive project on a spectacular setting. Jones had the lava rock crushed so that the terrain could be prepped for grass to be planted and a course unveiled across a most unlikely location. The result was nothing short of brilliant with the course boasting expansive ocean views, undulated terrain, and creative green sites and contours. While the course features housing on several of the holes, I was so impressed with the stunning views throughout the track that I didn't find the residences nearly as distracting as I would have on a less impressive layout. I had seen plenty of pictures of Mauna Kea's famous par three 3rd hole, but I was blown away by it in person; particularly from the 273 yard back tee. From the tips you are given an overload of eye candy and one of the most exciting tee shots I've hit since Cypress Point's 16th hole. The greens roll as good as any course on the island and the conditioning throughout the layout is quite commendable which simply adds to the enjoyment factor of the round. The complimentary yardage book on the 1st tee will help you navigate the highly bunkered course and will reveal the ocean as the only water hazard to contend with on the layout. If you have trouble hitting the ball high or… More >