Top-5 Reasons to play Mauna Kea Golf Course:
- Revel in a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr.-design for as little as $105 per-day
- One of Hawaii’s most significant and recognized signature holes at #3
- Expertly maintained tees, fairways and fast greens
- Approach shots at a premium (and extremely challenging)
- Along with Hapuna GC, the two best courses at one resort in all of Hawaii
Μauna Kea Golf Course was conceived In the early 1960s when Laurence Rockefeller was determined to build a notable Hawaii resort and golf course regardless of cost or challenges-of-location. On a remote expanse of black lava located between two gorgeous white sandy beaches, he—and famed course designer Robert Trent Jones Sr.—found the perfect spot. And since 1964, Mauna Kea Golf Course has been the prototype for lava-centric island course design.
Its 18 holes offer panoramic ocean vistas, large undulating greens and 120 formidable bunkers. The par-3 signature 3rd Hole demands significant water carry along a dramatic rocky shoreline where the surging Pacific races into the nooks and crannies of several inlets. Unlike its sibling — Hapuna Golf Course (where a premium is applied to tee shots) — approach shots are key to good scoring at Mauna Kea. Be sure to ascertain the exact pin position and stay near or below the hole.View More: Mauna Kea Golf Course 2009 Renovation
The main challenge was to update one of Hawaii’s most venerable layouts to the current demands of the game, while retaining the overall look and feel of the compelling course designed by the Jones family patriarch.
With so many elevated approaches, the focal point of the renovation was to ‘cup’ the greens, which had settled in such a manner that approach shots just could not hold the putting surfaces with regularity. Cupping, re-contouring and moving to contemporary super-dwarf Tifeagle Bermudagrass were the primary tasks to tackle. The new turf also reduces (but does not eliminate) a certain amount of grain from the greens and thereby sustains a little less ‘read’ before putting.
Bunkering was also addressed, with a wide variety of solutions dictated by the individual holes. In terms of size and depth, they should be avoided at all costs. Least noticeable are the site line improvements from tee to green, on several holes. Of course, there was also the application of Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermudagrass on the tees, fairways and roughs, and a hi-tech irrigation system installed along with drainage improvements. Mauna Kea’s yardage also increased by about 200 yards.
The overall effect is an even more challenging Mauna Kea Golf Course, which clearly remains one of Hawaii’s toughest 18 holes to conquer due to length, prevailing winds & breezes, complex bunkering and the overabundance of elevated greens.
Bring your A-game and be prepared to concentrate and course-manage through the entire round. By and by, try to take a good look at the spectacular surrounds while you’re out there.
with CART & RANGE BALLS
in a program with Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea
|TWO DAYS ANYTIME* (1-MKGC/1-HGC)||2T-Plan:||$250||(SAVE up to $395)|
|FOUR DAYS ANYTIME* (2-MKGC/2-HGC)||4T-Plan:||$445||(SAVE up to $820)|
|SIX DAYS ANYTIME* (3-MKGC/3-HGC)||6T-Plan:||$630||(SAVE up to $1,275)|
Tee times up to 90 days in advance.
This program expires Jan. 31, 2019.
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Golf Course Particulars
Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1964), Rees Jones (2009)
Distance: 7,124 yrds
Mauna Kea GC photos by Evan Schiller