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Island:  Hawaii / Big Island

Course: Mauna Kea Golf Course
Par: 72
Yardage: 7370
Fee: $185-$275

Activities: golf, tennis, spa & fitness center, pool, dining, beauty salon, shops, beach & ocean activities, children's program, luau and more. . .

Resort: (800) 9-PRINCE

Golf: (808) 882-5400

Hotel: (808) 882-7222

Website: Visit Site

Mauna Kea Resort

Visionary founder, Laurence S. Rockefeller said, “Every great beach deserves a great hotel” and so began the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, overlooking the superb Kauna’oa Bay.   In 1965 the legendary resort opened the most exclusive and expensive hotel of its day and the accompanying Mauna Kea Golf Course to worldwide acclaim.   
Mr. Rockefeller, a noted conservationist believed that buildings should conform to the natural terrain rather than intruding upon it.  The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel gently blends into the bluff overlooking the beach.   Throughout the resort development process Rockefeller used the business strategy of “experting” , hiring the best to create the resort and the golf course was no different.  He challenged renowned course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. to create a golf course on a lava field.  Jones succeeded and the first course ever built on a lava field debuted in 1964.  The course was initiated by the best golfers of the time, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player in a made for TV match called “The BIG Three”. 
In recent years the resort has undergone a $150 million repair and renovation to the hotel and a re-do of the golf course by the original architects son, Rees Jones.

Without really changing the essential character of his father’s design Rees Jones has overseen a total renovation of the course. The most notable change may well be in the bunkering. Bunkers have been moved, added, and deepened. These hazards are not only aesthetically beautiful but now more than ever truly become areas that need to be avoided. The greens have been re-contoured and grassed with ultra dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass a wonderful surface for smooth putting. Robert Trent Jones SR put a real premium on shots played into these greens and that still remains the case. Because of the undulations putts coming from the wrong side of the hole can be very difficult. The fairways here at Mauna Kea are for the most part quite generous and they along with the roughs and teeing areas have also been totally re-grassed.
Mauna Kea remains a landmark for luxury on The BIG Island’s glorious Kohala Coast

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