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HAWAII (Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk/iG) — Hawaii’s hidden gem is the youngest and largest island, Hawaii Island, aka the Big Island. It is also home to some of the world’s great resorts and golf courses...
If you are not considering the Big Island for a golf holiday...BIG mistake.
There are so many fabulous courses here, it is hard to pick one as “the best.” Still arguably the marquee course in the area is the famed Mauna Kea. This breathtaking Robert Trent Jones Senior design is ranked top five in the State.
Mauna Kea’s par 3 third hole is simply spectacular. Jones told the owner “Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this will be the most beautiful hole in the world.” To honor the course on opening day in 1964 the Big Three, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player played the very first round there for Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf.
At Hualalai there is the stunning Jack Nicklaus signature Golf Course. It stretches out to over 7,100 yards and is beautifully manicured. The lush green grass is severely contrasted with black jagged lava rock surrounding many of the tees and as outcrops on the course. The #1 place to stay on the Kona-Kohala Coast is the renowned Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. It offers white sand beaches, crystal blue ocean in the midst of a mix of traditional Hawaiian design and sheer elegance. Visit www.hualalairesort.com to find out more.
Another great resort on the island is the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel also located on the Kohala Coast. This resort opened in 1994 and has been a staple luxury property in Hawaii since. It was part of the second phase in Rockefeller's creation of Mauna Kea Resort and shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront with the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Also not to be missed is the Hapuna Golf Course, within walking distance of the Hapuna Beach Prince hotel. It offers panoramic views on the island of Hawaii at almost 700 feet above sea level. www.princeresortshawaii.com/hapuna-beach-princehotel/golf
A course with great value in the area is the Kona Country Club. It was built in 1966 by William Bell and has recently reopened after renovations. www.konacountryclub.com
Another fantastic track in the area is Mauna Lani South course. It was a former venue of the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000. www.maunalani.com/golf/hawaii-golf-courses
Visit www.princeresortshawaii.com for more information.