Mauna Lani is located on the sunny Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii. Our two championship courses, Mauna Lani South and Mauna Lani North offer a challenging experience to novice and professional golfers alike. Mauna Lani was home to the Senior Skins Golf Game and hosted the prestigious Hawaii State Open. These courses are masterpieces of design, each strikingly different, yet equally formidable.
Mauna Lani South Course captivates golf enthusiasts as it snakes through the stark, rugged a’a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow, offering a panorama of mountain and ocean views alongside a challenging golf experience on the Kohala Coast. The South Course is also home to No. 15, one of the most photographed over-the-ocean golf course holes in the world.
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Mauna Lani’s North Course represents the quintessential Hawaii golf experience. Built on a lava bed, this championship golf course on the Big Island is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by Kiawe (mesquite) forests. Number 17, a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater, is one of Mauna Lani Resort’s signature holes and a favorite “I was here” photo spot.
A 230-acre protected archaeological district lies on the northern boundary of the golf course. Herds of feral goats frequent the entire golf course, moving from hole to hole throughout the day. The North Course has fast become one of the most popular tournament venues on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Experience a fun, quick (wikiwiki) game of golf at Mauna Lani. Our WikiWiki 9-hole walking course allows adults and the entire family an opportunity to enjoy golf together. The course was designed so you can play around in about an hour leaving you time to enjoy other activities at Mauna Lani. The WikiWiki Course is the only golf course of its kind in Hawaii. Mauna Lani wants to play a role in encouraging beginners and advanced golfers to enjoy the great game of golf in a quick, (not rushed) game of golf.
The course can also accommodate groups and it’s a nice ice-breaker for corporate meetings, incentives and family get-togethers. This Hawaii Island course offers customized lessons for all level of players.
Mauna Lani is the perfect venue for your next golfing event or tournament in Hawaii. Whether planning a Big Island golf tournament, group outing, corporate outing, charity event or corporate clinic, Mauna Lani can help set the grounds for an exceptional Hawaii golf event.
To book an event or tournament, contact Aaron Rego, Golf Sales Manager at 808-881-1942 or email email@example.com.
Senior Skins History – Mauna Lani Resort’s championship South Course was the home to the Senior Skins Game from 1990 – 2000, one of the world’s most exciting televised golf matches. Mauna Lani hosted golf legends Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriquez, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, and Jim Colbert.
Francis H I’i Brown–territorial representative, extraordinary golfer, adventurer and sports fisherman–began acquiring the property in the early 1930s. Kalahuipua’a, as the area is known, has always been considered sacred land by the Hawaiian people. Kamehameha I, the great Hawaiian king who united the islands, was said to have had a small fishing village and canoe landing adjacent to these prized ponds. When he had completed his acquisition of the land in 1936, Brown took special care to ensure that Kalahuipua’a would remain a uniquely “Hawaiian” place forever.
During the years of his stewardship, he restored the ponds, built rudimentary roads and retaining walls and planted many of the of palms that still stand today. He sold the property to Mauna Lani Resort in 1972. Francis Brown was a renowned and gifted athlete. He loved boating and fishing, but his skill as a golfer was legendary.
The two courses — the Francis H. I’i Brown North and South Golf Courses were constructed on vast fields of dark black lava. The original 18 hole course was opened in 1981, with Homer Flint and Raymond Cain as the lead architects. It was a visually spectacular golf course that featured one par-3 hole crossing a wide Pacific inlet, another par-3 playing into a coliseum of lava, and many holes whose primary challenge was to hit the bright green fairways and greens, avoiding the lava formations in the landing areas and on both sides of the fairways. Both courses have received rave reviews from the time they opened.