Focus On: Hawaii's Kohala Coast
The Jewel of Hawaii's Big Island
The 15th hole of Mauna Lani’s South Course is truly spectacular
Francis H. I’i Brown North Course
Mauna Lani Resort’s North Course rolls through lava flows and forest and is bordered by a 230-acre archaeological area that serves as a home to a variety of wildlife. Extremely well groomed, the North Course is both playable and challenging and is characterized by the signature par-3 17th hole that plays from an elevated tee down to the green that’s located at the bottom of a deep lava bowl. If you’re at Mauna Lani, don’t miss this gem.
Francis H. I’i Brown South Course
The South Course at Mauna Lani offers amazing ocean views and contrasting terrain. The signature 15th hole, which plays over the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most widely photographed holes in the world. The striking 7th hole also is known for its beautiful design.
For an authentic Hawaiian experience on the Kohala Coast, we like Mauna Lani. Be sure to speak to the resort’s cultural historian Danny Akaka during your visit, and don’t miss the green sea turtles (aka, honu).
Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the Kings’ Course is one of the more unusual tracks on the Kohala Coast. With more than 80 traps filled with fine coral sand and approximately nine acres of water, the Kings’ is a links-style course that offers a Scottish golfing experience in the midst of Hawaii’s lava flows.
Beach Course, Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort
In contrast to the Kings’ Course, the Beach Course is a scenic resort-style track. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the course provides interesting elevation changes and picturesque ocean holes. For the player looking for a pleasant afternoon of golf, the Beach Course is a solid choice on the Kohala Coast.
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