Mauna Kea Golf Course celebrates 50th anniversary
The legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course overlooks one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island, and Mauna Kea is often ranked among the Top 100 golf courses in the United States.
Mauna Kea opened in 1964 as the unique creation of legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It gained world-wide fame as the site of a memorable televised match between Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, golf’s “Big 3.”
In 2008, architect Reese Jones, son of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., brought his father’s original layout into the 21st century with a careful and creative renovation. The enduring ocean-front layout was preserved as the challenges and playability were enhanced, ensuring that Mauna Kea would continue to rank as a great golf course for decades to come.
With a slope rating of 144, Mauna Kea is one of the finest tests in of golf in the world. Five sets of tees ensure that all guests can enjoy an unforgettable golf experience with theright amount of challenge to suit their game. Factor in breathtaking ocean and mountain views, tropical landscape and world-class service, and it’s easy to understand why the Mauna Kea legend continues to grow as the facility celebrates its’ 50th anniversary in 2015.
The hotel and course wrap up the 50th Anniversary year with a special Po-Am golf tournament in December. For more information about the legend of Mauna Kea and Hawaiian sister courses, visit;

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