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Hapuna Golf Course: Big Island’s Newest Premier Property
For the serious golfers, Hapuna Golf Course was designed by Arnold Palmer and located on the high upper mountain side of the Mauna Kea Resort grounds on the Big Island, Hawaii.
Guests can expect a one-of-a-kind golfing experience, with the course’s rolling terrain, where perfectly manicured greens meet ancient lava dunes. While playing, they will be treated to the scenic view of the Kohala Coast and the Pacific Ocean, from almost 700 feet above the sea.The particularly memorable holes are the 6th, a downhill slope with a view of Maui, the 14th, which crosses a ravine, and the 18th, the final hole that offers a majestic view of the nearby Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and the ocean.
The course is the handiwork of Arnold Palmer, the legendary American professional golfer, who also has a PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award to his name. Also called “The King,” he is recognized for popularizing the sport across different classes through the right mix of charisma, consistently impressive performance, and daring play.
After retiring as a player, Palmer took to designing golf courses. Among his works are the Kildare Hotel and Country Club’s Smurfit Course and The Palmer Ryder Cup Course in Ireland, the Japan Classic Country Club King and Queen Course in Japan, the Pines Golf Course at Sanctuary Cove in Australia, and the Crecy Golf Club in Domaine de la Brie, France.
In many ways, the Hapuna Golf Course bears the mark of Palmer. Each of the 18 holes are placed in a links-style layout stretching to around 6,900 yards, with mounds and bunkers here and there, as well as tufts of tall, native grass. Feral goats are also sighted once in a while. Altogether, these make the game challenging, especially when it is windy, but the changing elevations and the mix of holes offer something for everyone, even amateur or average golfers.
Anyhow, guests can prepare to up their game, as the course has a driving range, putting and chipping greens, a practice bunker, and offers private or group golfing lessons and clinics. Hapuna Golf Course is also equipped with a full-service Pro Shop, locker rooms, shower facilities, and a fitness center and spa, and the staff are well-known for being courteous and attentive. Not surprisingly, it has been named among the Top 20 Hawaii Golf Resorts.
To book for a round or two at the Hapuna Golf Course, simply call (808) 880-3000 or send a fax to (808) 880-3010. Special rates are available for triple play, five play and three days of unlimited golf.
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