Mauna Lani Bay Resort (South course)

Big Island, Hawaii | Mauna Lani Bay Resort (South course)

Architect: Robin Nelson
Year: 1981
Rate: $120 - $225

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
(808) 885-6655

Course Access: Public

motorized carts provided
driving range available


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Located on the Kona side of Hawaii’s Big Island, the South course is carved through lava fields and along the coastline.  The fairways are generous in width and the distances between greens and tees in certain spots makes walking the course an impractical option. The course conditions are quite good though the heavy amount of play keeps the course from being elite in that category. The highlight of the course is the quality of one-shotters found throughout the property with two routed on the ocean and another playing over water towards the Pacific.

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Bill Satterfield

Mauna Lani Bay Resort (South course)

What to Expect:  Mauna Lani Resort is host to both the visually impressive South course and the more challenging North course. The South course is carved through the lava fields that are so prevalent on the Kona side of Hawaii's Big Island with a couple of trips to the coastline highlighted by the signature 15th hole. The fairways throughout the course are generous in width which is a welcome feature considering shots that leave the fairway will either be praying for a lucky kick out of the lava rock or will find its way into a neighboring residence. Distances between greens and tees in certain spots makes walking the course an impractical option however the terrain is subtle enough that walking wouldn't be very strenuous. The course is much more playable for the average golfer than Mauna Kea while still providing some ocean eye candy that every golfer in Hawaii wants to enjoy. The course conditions are quite good though the heavy amount of play keeps the course from being elite in that category. The highlight of the course is the quality of one-shotters found throughout the property with two routed on the ocean and another playing over water towards the Pacific. Signature Hole:  15th - 196 Yard Par 3 - This is simply one of the most beautiful par threes in the world. The beautiful blue ocean water with lava rock outcroppings in the foreground of the striking peninsula green with a lava rock support wall along with a… More >