Focus On: Hawaii's Kohala Coast

The Jewel of Hawaii's Big Island

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Mauna Kea 3rd hole is being redesigned by Rees Jones.

There are six islands in Hawaii
that vacationers can visit and choosing one can be confusing for those who haven’t been to the Polynesian paradise before. However, if you’re interested in top-notch golf, as well as a wide variety of accommodations, dining opportunities, beaches and other recreational diversions, it’s pretty tough to beat the Kohala Coast region of Hawaii’s Big Island (

The island of Hawaii, aka the Big Island, covers just over 4,000 square miles and is bigger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. Its  geographical diversity offers everything from volcanoes and forests to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Attractions include the district of Kona, where the well-known coffee is grown; Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain measured from the sea floor (bigger than Everest); Parker Ranch, one of the biggest and oldest working ranches in the country; and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, among others.

Hualalai’s Jack Nicklaus signature course offers spectacular views of lava flows and the Pacific, and has plenty of tees to choose from. 

And on the northwest section of the Big Island you’ll find the Kohala Coast, a 20-mile stretch of coastal area that offers near-perfect weather all year long (an average of 355 sunny days a year). Just a few minutes from Hawaii’s Kona International Airport, the Kohala Coast has eight luxury hotels and several resort communities from which to choose, as well as a ton of recreation opportunities, particularly for the avid golfer.

Hualalai Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus Signature Course
Immaculately conditioned, the Nicklaus signature course offers several sets of tees that provide as much or little challenge as you like. Fantastic views of the Pacific, a pristine nine-acre range and a 27,000-square-foot short-game area, as well as a stunning clubhouse and restaurant, fill out the impressive facilities.

Mauna Kea Golf Course
Traditionally considered one of the best golf courses in all of Hawaii, the Mauna Kea Golf Course is currently being redesigned by Rees Jones, whose father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., designed the original course. The new Rees Jones design is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2009. Stay tuned.

The Beach Course at Waikaloa will challenge you with stiff ocean breezes. 

Hapuna Golf Course
Located within walking distance of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, the Hapuna Golf Course features an Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay design that runs from the beach to approximately 700 feet above sea level. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Kohala Coast, as well as Mauna Kea Volcano, make Hapuna a real treat.


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