Mauna Kea Beach Golf Course

Originally Published: April 27, 2004
Golf Digest

Mauna Kea 3rd hole
The 3rd hole: a 210-yard par-3.

Golf Digest's Best Places to Play rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Need To Know
Mauna Kea Beach Golf Course
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr.
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
(808) 882-5405

Mauna Kea -- a Robert Trent Jones' masterpiece -- opened 40 years ago in 1964. Jones originally had the third hole playing as a 250-yard par 3 but he reduced the ocean carry to a mere 210 yards after Gary Player was unable to clear the surging inlet water during a practice round.

Today the course offers golfers the perfect challenge to match their level of play. The layout presents dramatic changes in elevation, large undulating greens, and 120 well-placed bunkers over its 18 holes. In addition to a true test of golf, players also are treated to amazing panoramic sweeps of the sea and land, including rugged lava beds and the sparkling blue Pacific.