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Mauna Kea Resort, Big Island

Nestled on the picturesque Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, Mauna Kea Resort is a true golfing gem. For over 60 years, Mauna Kea Golf Resort has stood as a golfing testament to the perfect blend of nature’s grandeur and human ingenuity.

What sets Mauna Kea Resort apart is its commitment to providing a world-class Hawaii golfing vacation year-round. Regardless of the season, the courses are impeccably maintained to ensure lush fairways and manicured greens.

At this resort, you’ll find two award-winning championship golf courses, each boasting 18 holes and scenic panoramic views. Mauna Kea golf course was the first course to be built on the island, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr in 1964. It offers plenty of challenging play, amidst the stunning backdrops that one can only experience here.

The second course, Hapuna, comprises a variety of elevation changes, challenging bunkers, and once again, unrivaled views of the coastline and Mauna Kea volcano. When you’re not on the course, Mauna Kea Resort embodies the Aloha spirit, enabling guests to relax, unwind, and immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture and hospitality.

Mauna Kea Golf Courses

Mauna Kea Resort

Mauna Kea Golf Course

Designed by golf legend Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1964, the course is a harmonious marriage of challenging play and breathtaking landscapes. As the first golf course ever built on the island, Mauna Kea has become synonymous with elegance and luxury.

Its signature hole – the par-3 third – is perched atop black lava rock, offering golfers a thrilling tee shot across an ocean inlet with the cerulean Pacific as a backdrop.

Hapuna Ocean Hole

Hapuna Golf Course

Designed by the renowned Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Hapuna Golf Course has been captivating golfers since its inception. The course’s layout gracefully weaves through the rugged terrain of the sun-drenched Kohala Coast, providing players with an exhilarating mix of elevation changes, strategically placed bunkers, and stunning ocean views.

The par-72 course spans 6,875 yards, inviting both seasoned golfers and those new to the game to experience the joy of golf against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Sustainability at Mauna Kea Resort

What truly sets Hapuna apart is its commitment to environmental sustainability. The course is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, showcasing a dedication to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds it. Lush fairways are complemented by native vegetation, creating an eco-friendly oasis that pays homage to the island’s rich biodiversity.

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Two beautiful courses
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Designed by famous architects including Arnold Palmer
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Beautiful coastal setting
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Luxury facilities include a spa and tennis courts
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Variety of dining options on resort

Facilities at Mauna Kea Resort

Beyond the greens, Mauna Kea Golf Course boasts a state-of-the-art clubhouse, offering a place to relax and relive rounds. With top-notch amenities, including a pro shop, dining options, and panoramic views of the coastline. The clubhouse at Hapuna Golf Course is a haven of relaxation and camaraderie. With panoramic views of the Pacific and Mauna Kea, golfers can unwind, share stories of their rounds, and savor the flavors of local cuisine at the on-site restaurant.

With a selection of 3 accommodations; the Westin Hapuna, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel & Manu Kea Residences, guests can choose the ideal setting for their stay. Facilities include multiple pools, a beach club, tennis courts, a spa, and a salon.

Dramatic Hawaii coastline

Recommended Hawaii Golf Tour

play great golf in the aloha state

Combine the luxurious, paradise resorts of Maui and the Big Island, with some of the most spectacular golf on the planet. Play the famed Kapalua Plantation course, with panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, the volcanic carved layouts of Mauna Lani, and the ocean side holes of Hapuna.

How to get to Mauna Kea Resort

Located only a short 35-minute transfer down the coastline to Big Islands Kona International Airport, Mauna Kea Resort is easily accessible from all of Hawaii’s Islands and mainland USA. Enjoy this paradise golf resort as a stay-and-play destination or as part of a Hawaii golf tour.

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Mauna Kea FAQs

Mauna Kea Golf Resort is located on the Big Island, Hawaii, and is renowned for its spectacular oceanic views.

Mauna Kea offers golf carts as an option for all guests.

There are two courses situated at Mauna Kea, which are called Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Golf Course. Both courses play host to spectacular views and offer something for every golfer.

The cost for a Mauna Kea Hawaii golf trip varies depending upon flights and duration, but we recommend combining it with a 7-night, 6-day round trip across two islands, with prices starting from $5,980.

Both of the courses at Mauna Kea are equally matched. Both Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Golf Course have a slope rating of 136, but Manua Kea Couse has an overall higher rating of 77.2.

The best times to visit Maunaa Kea are mid-December – March (Winter or Spring). However, all of the Islands of Hawaii are good for golf year-round.

The closest major airport to Mauna Kea is Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA), 35 minutes away in a transfer to the venue.

The average golf round at Mauna Kea varies depending on the size of the group and the skill of the individual golfer. Both courses available are similar in difficulty, and the average time for a round on a course of similar size is around 4 hours and 30 minutes.