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“Slightly Overrated?”

Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course
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Owner description: Considered one of Hawaii's most unique challenges, this highly-rated 18-hole championship golf course offers dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views; under renovation until December 2008
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Had wanted to play here some 5 years ago just after they reopened but their green fee was ridiculous. Reality has now set in somewhat and if you purchase a package it is more in line.
As usual I went with the GolfHawaiiCard and was able to purchase a 5 pack which included two rounds at Hapuna and three at Mauna Kea for $465.
Yes, the third hole looks incredible, but many of the other holes are fairly ordinary. I would rate it as a good rather than a great course and I actually enjoy playing Hapuna just as much.
For a top rated course the service was not up to par. The first day I arrived I left my bag at the bag drop and rang the bell. After checking in at the proshop I went out to look for my bag on a cart and there was nothing there. I had to go back to the bag drop and bring them through the pro shop myself. Check in was not pleasant. There was an older lady behind the counter, Chona, who never smiled and had a permanent scowl on her face as if we were interrupting her very important job of refolding shirts. This person should never see the light of day in dealing with the public and creates a very poor first impression. On subsequent visits I was looked after by a delightful young lady who actually possessed people skills.
The starter and the golf pro were both very friendly so it's only the shop that needs an upgrade.
All in all a worthwhile course to play as long as you are not paying their daily rack rates.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Mauna Kea Golf course is one of the most inviting courses I've played. It ranks with Pebble Beach for golf challenge and seaside visual spectacle. It's 1/3 the cost, I might add. You don't have to be a hotel guest to play. In fact, avoid buying your round from the Mauna Kea golf shop (unless you are a guest at the Hotel). Buy your round as part of a package. For example, the Hapuna Prince course offers a 2 round special (0ne round at Hapuna, one round at Mauna Kea) that makes Mauna Kea affordable. Don't worry, you won't regret having to play Hapuna - it's short but VERY fun.

Does it worry you that tee times are remarkably easy to get? I've tried to think of the reasons. True, the Kohala Coast can get windy. Two tips - get an early morning tee time. And if the wind comes up early, stay cool. If you play the course from the back tees (highly recommended - the views from most back tees will knock you socks off), you probably aren't going to break you personal scoring record anyway. So keep you shots "Quail high", as they say in Texas,

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

My husband has now played golf at most of the outstanding Hawaiian courses, with Mauna Kea the most recent experience. This course is beautiful, and the #3 hole is spectacular. Personnel on the course were very nice and helpful, although the lady working the check in desk was rather unfriendly. Compared to other Hawaiian courses, Mauna Kea is very nice but not exceptional. Cost for a Sunday late morning round (with a rider) was $208 with tax. Cost is about average for Hawaii golf. If you are playing a round on the day you are flying out of Hawaii (since many mainland flights leave in the evening), Mauna Kea has very well equipped locker room facilities to shower and change after your round of golf, and the airport is an easy 25 minute drive.

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

I had the opportunity to play two rounds recently and the experience was great. Friendly staff, top notch course conditions and a challenging layout made my golf bucket list.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

GolfAhoy arranged play at the Mauna Kea Golf Course at The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel during our circle Hawaii cruise. Transportation from the ship, pre-reserved tee times and pre-paid greens fees made playing #31 on Golf Digests America’s Top 100 Greatest Courses a breeze. Bring your camera with you or you’ll regret leaving it on the ship.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. reportedly told Mr. Rockefeller at what would become the 3rd hole site, “If you allow me to build a golf course here, this'll be the most beautiful hole in the world.".

The Mauna Kea Golf Course overlooks one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island and was recently ranked as the number one course on the island by Golf Magazine.

It gained worldwide fame as the site of a memorable televised match among golf’s “Big 3:” Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

From the back tees this Par: 72 course stretches to 7370 yards. The Mauna Kea Golf Course features holes that are right at sea level like number 3 and 11 and others that rise to nearly 300 feet above. There are over 120 well placed bunkers and as you would expect from Trent Jones Sr. the greens are large and undulating.

Definitely a ‘must play’ course during your GolfAhoy Hawaii golf cruise around the islands. Other ‘must play’ package upgrade courses offered by GolfAhoy golf cruises are temptations like: Club at Hokulia ; Hualalai Golf Course ; Mauna Kea Golf Course ; North Course at Mauna Lani Resort ; Poipu Bay Golf Course ; Prince Golf Course at Princeville ; The Experience at Koele ; The Challenge at Manele ; Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club ; The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

You can play 7 challenging championship Hawaii golf courses during your GolfAhoy 10 day Hawaii golf cruise and you only have to unpack once when you get on the ship.

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