Golf lovers know a good course when they play one, and golfers from across the world flock to the Big Island to play on the multitude of exceptional courses found along the Kohala Coast. According to Travel + Leisure magazine, the Kohala Coast may have “the greatest collection of dramatic seaside golf courses in the world.”
At Hawaii Beach and Golf Properties, we know that the golfing lifestyle is fun and a big reason why people want to live in the resorts. Here’s a look at the courses found in and around the resorts of the Kohala Coast. Each of these golf courses was skillfully designed by industry leaders to provide exciting golfing experiences amongst a spectacularly beautiful natural environment.
Mauna Kea Resort
You’ll find two outstanding golf courses within Mauna Kea Resort, the shoreline Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Beach Course located upslope at an elevation of 700 feet.
Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and redesigned by his son Rees Jones, Mauna Kea Golf Course is widely considered one of the best resort golf courses in the world. Expanded in recent years, the par 72-course features 7,114 of yardage.
Upslope, Hapuna Beach Course is also a par 72 course that’s been ranked by numerous golf publications as among the best in the country. Golf Digest ranked it among the top 25 Best Golf Resorts in North America. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, this tough but fair course features 6,875 of yardage and its high elevation provides breathtaking views of the Kohala Coast.
Mauna Lani Resort
Mauna Lani Resort also features two excellent golf courses, the Francis H. I’i Brown North and South Golf Courses, named after legendary sportsman Francis H. I’I Brown, who pioneered the development and preservation of Mauna Lani Resort.
Built on expansive lava fields along the coastline, the championship courses were designed by Ray Cain, Rodney Wright, and Robin Nelson to provide hours of challenging golfing with gorgeous ocean and mountain views. The views are so incredible that the15th hole of the South Course considered one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world. Both courses are par 72 with Mauna Lani North Course providing 6,913 yards and the South Course 6,938 of yardage.
Waikoloa Beach Resort
As with the other resorts, you’ll find two courses to choose from within Waikoloa Beach Resort: the Waikoloa Beach Course and the King’s Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Waikoloa Beach Course is a par 70 course located along the shoreline with 6,566 yards of challenging play. Meanwhile the Kings’ Course offers 7,074 yards on which to play. Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the par 72 course features a lava amphitheater and is next to fields of historic petroglyphs.
While each of the courses described above offer incredible views and playing conditions, each is unique in their own way. Whether you’re a golfing professional or amateur these fairways will provide you with a range of playing opportunities for years to come. Living within walking distance to these great courses is just one of the many benefits of living along the Kohala Coast!