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Hawaii, “The Big Island” is the southern most and largest island in the archipelago as its name aptly implies. On this one impressive island, you will find the world’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, one of the largest active volcanoes on the planet, Mauna Loa, and the most spectacular golf courses you will ever encounter. From the seashore to the mountain slopes, Hawaii Island’s unique terrain is the focus of your golf experience with the most prevalent natural characteristic being lava.

Hawaii’s rugged lava landscape was introduced to the golf world 50 years ago when the noted golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr., was commissioned with the challenging task of building a course on a seaside lava flow at Mauna Kea. Jones succeeded and the world took notice when “golf played on lava” was initiated by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in the BIG Three televised golf event in 1964.

Since then, golf on Hawaii Island has grown and the courses thrive and feature some of the most breathtaking golf experiences on earth. Along one magnificent coastline you’ll find two adventurous and contrasting layouts at Waikoloa with another pair of jaw-dropping tests just five miles away at Mauna Lani and two more beautiful championship layouts just up the road, including the original, at Mauna Kea. And there are many more stunning golf courses scattered around the island.

So come and join us on Hawaii Island as we celebrate 50 years of golf played on a lava field…

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