Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i – Mauna Lani Golf’s North and South courses were recently honored by GolfPass in the website’s “Golfers’ Choice 2021: Top Golf Courses in Hawaii” annual ranking. Rankings were created by user reviews from Golf Advisor, which merged into the GolfPass brand in December 2020. Mauna Lani Golf’s South Course is ranked No. 5 and the North Course is ranked No. 6 in the Aloha State.
According to GolfPass, the best public golf experiences in the country are based on more than 265,000 reviews from their golfer community. Course scores are based on a course’s overall rating and six subcategory ratings including value, conditions, layout, pace of play, staff friendliness and off-course amenities as voted on by GolfPass readers. Courses need a minimum of 10 reviews over the calendar year to be considered for their Best-of rankings. GolfPass is the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers. GolfPass’ community of golfers share their first-hand experience at thousands of courses worldwide to help other golfers decide where to play their next round.
“First off, mahalo to all of our loyal golfers who frequent Mauna Lani and then log-on to Golf Advisor (now Golf Pass) to share reviews of their Mauna Lani experience,” said Chris Noda, director of golf, Mauna Lani. “Second, mahalo to the entire team here at Mauna Lani, including the golf staff, agronomy team and the entire operations team, for creating memorable experiences for our guests each and every day. Their dedication to the experience is reflected in the reviews and these honors.”
The South Course, a Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson design, was built on the 16th century Kaniku lava flow snaking through stark, rugged a‘a lava. A pair of par 3s – the 7thand 15th holes – are Mauna Lani South’s signature holes and are two of the most photographed golf holes in the world. The South Course was home to the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000 and Golfweek magazine rates it as one of the “Best Courses to Play in Hawai‘i.”
Mauna Lani’s North Course, a Flint, Cain and Nelson design, was built on an ancient lava bed and is ranked by Golfweek as one of the top courses on Hawaii. Overlaying the rugged brown pahoehoe lava flow, the North Course features rolling fairways and through kiawe forests. A 230-acre protected archeological district lies on the northern edge of the North Course, while feral goats roam the course, cropping the grass and providing a unique neutral hazard. The par-3 17th is the signature hole on the North Course as a series of elevated tees form a natural amphitheater with the green at the base of a lava bowl.
For more information on Mauna Lani Golf, visit www.maunalanigolf.com or call 808-885-6655.
Since opening in 1981, the Mauna Lani golf courses have collected numerous “best courses you can play” awards from Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Mauna Lani’s award-winning South Course formerly hosted the prestigious Hawaii State Open and was the site of the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000, hosting many of golf’s greats, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriquez, and Gary Player.
Situated on sacred land marked by royal fishponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens and alluring beaches, Mauna Lani – meaning “mountain reaching heaven,” is an inspiring spiritual haven that captures a distinct sense of place deeply rooted in rich cultural traditions. The all-new luxury lifestyle resort from Auberge Resorts Collection defines a new era of experiential luxury on the Island of Hawaii following a resort-wide re-imagination and renovation which debuted in January 2020. Nowhere in the Hawaiian archipelago is the land more powerful, sacred or alive than this storied and natural place of wonder. Guests are wowed by the transformational experiences, enriching cultural immersion, unrivalled amenities and curated moments. The resort boasts contemporary guest rooms and suites, five private residences, oceanfront dining at the iconic CanoeHouse, three distinct pools, a signature spa and wellness haven, Kainalu Ocean Activities, Living Culture program and an interactive Holoholo Kids Club. For more information on Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection please visit www.aubergeresorts.com/maunalani.
Mauna Lani Golf is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai; Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.