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Mauna Kea Golf Course

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Hole 3

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Hole 3 - Mauna Kea Golf Course. Copyright Mauna Kea Golf Course.

'Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this'll be the most beautiful hole in the world.' Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at the 3rd hole site.

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The famous, par-3 signature third hole requires significant water carry along a dramatic rocky shoreline where nooks and crannies host the surging Pacific as well as hundreds of lost golf balls. Many classic holes are found throughout this enviable layout and Mauna Kea remains a can't miss golf experience for all golfers visiting Hawaii's Big Island.

  • Top 20 U.S. Golf Courses, listed #2, Celebrated Living, Summer 2011
  • America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, #27 and Best in State #6, Golf Digest, 2011-2012 Listing
  • # 3 Best Courses You Can Play in Hawaii, Golf Week, March 11, 2011
  • Top 33 most "collectable" resort golf facilities in the United States and Caribbean, The American Golf Resort Guide, 2011
  • Top 20 Hawaii Golf Resorts - Links Magazine, 2011
  • Top 100 Courses You Can Play, (#19 in USA, #1 in Hawaii) - Golf Magazine, 2010
  • Platinum List, Top 25 US Courses (#4) - Celebrated Living, Summer 2010
  • 2010 Best Golf Courses You Can Play, Hawaii (#3) -, March 2010
  • Top 50 Resort Courses, Readers Choice Awards (#10) - GolfWorld, 2010
  • 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America (#28) - Golf Digest, 2009/2010
  • Best Resort Courses - Golf Week, November 2009
  • Readers Choice Rankings under Resort - Reputation/prestige (#9) - GolfWorld, October 2009
  • Readers Choice Rankings under Resort - Hotel Accommodations (#7) - GolfWorld, October 2009
  • Top 100 Courses in the United States (#100) - Golf Magazine, 2009
  • #3 Southern California - Hawaii - Fairways & Greens, Summer 2009
  • Reader's Choice, Best Golf in North Hawaii - North Hawaii News, July 2009
  • Platinum List, Top 20 Golf Courses - Celebrated Living, April 2009
  • #3 in Hawaii, "America's Best Courses You Can Play" - GolfWeek, March 2009
  • Top 50 Resort Courses, Reader's Choice Awards - Golf World, October 2008
  • America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (#31), #3 Hawaii - Golf Digest, May 2007
  • #21, "Best Golf Resorts in North America" (together with Hapuna) - Golf Digest, December 2006 (#31 in 2004)
  • #9 "Hawaiian resorts you would most like to visit" reader survey - Links, November 2006

Course Rates:

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel or Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Guest Rates:
Course Rate, 18 holes $225
AM Twilight Rate (11:00am - 1:30pm) $175
Twilight Rate (after 1:30pm) $155
Half-round Rate (back 9 holes) $110
Replay Rate (2nd round same day) $110
Junior Rate (under 18 years old) $95
Driving Range (with unlimited balls) Free

Non-Resort Guest Rates:
Course Rate, 18 holes $250

Service Fees:
Rental Clubs $45
Rental Shoes $15