Back in 1966 this was the only hotel and golf course on the Big Island and it was famous as a Lawrence Rockefeller Resort, I wanted to play it back then but did not have the time.
We have played almost all the courses in Hawaii and so we wanted to play Mauna Kea.
They had some earthquake damage in 2008, and the course was slightly modified from the original version.
We played around 9 AM on a Saturday morning. We were immediately greeted by a member of the cart staff. He loaded our clubs and drove my wife to the clubhouse.
Will in the proshop had plenty of Aloha spirit. He was helpful getting us signed up.
When we started heading toward the first tee we met Marshall Charlie.
Charlie has got to be the friendliest starter/marshall on any golf course. He served up
aloha spirit by the boatload. We were loaded down with yardage books, ball markers, and orange repair tools.
We were each given a wet mango scented towel for our face, and a bright orange towel
for club cleaning.
This course is immaculate. It had been aerated three weeks ago but only a few greens were still impacted.
Every hole is unique. The elevated greens and tees are daunting, and there are plenty of them.
There are also lots and lots of deep bunkers surrounding those green, and there are sand traps in most fairways.
Our weather was close to perfect. It was almost calm and that is rare for Mauna Kea.
A majority of these holes play downhill toward the ocean and the magnificent views.
Hole #3 is the signature hole. It is a long carry uphill, over the ocean, and into the wind.
There are many photo opportunities here, and it's distracting.
Mauna Kea is a golfers dream course. They are having several kama'aina promotions during October, and there are discounted greens fees after 11 AM and 1 PM. There are additional specials on Golf Now.
When our round was finished, we were greeted by another member of the staff. He cleaned our clubs, and handed us each an ice cold mango scented towel.
Nice touches and great memories form Mauna Kea, The Big Kahuna of Hawaiian Golf.