Wide World Of Golf: Island Style
Since 1981 when the original 18-hole layout was constructed, Mauna Lani Golf Course has been one of the 'must visit' destinations in Hawaii Golf.
Joe Douglas has traveled the world to play golf, but always finds his way back to Mauna Lani to take in one of the world's landmark layouts.
"You have the blue-green of the Pacific Ocean, you have the landing area, and you have Maui in the background," says Douglas. "So it's hard to get much better than that."
The South course is just one half of this palm tree laden resort, built on top of one of The Big Island's lava fields. Working its way out to the ocean, the South features natural beauty at nearly every turn, including several inland water features.
Your Mauna Lani golf experience is not complete until you play the par-3 15th on Mauna Lani South. Playing at 213 yards, you hit your ball directly over the Pacific Ocean. It's regarded by many as one of the most beautiful holes in the world.
"We usually play the blue tees, but we always from back there," Douglas says. "It's about 205 yards, right across the ocean. You go to the end of the tee....take one more step, and you're in the ocean."
The South course was the host for the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000, but the generous fairways and large greens still allow the average golfer to enjoy themselves.