Mauna Lani (North) - Hawaii - USA

Mauna Lani Resort,
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive,
Kohala Coast,
Hawaii (HI) 96743,

  • +1 808 885 6655

  • Scott Christenson

  • Homer Flint, Raymond Cain, Robin Nelson

  • Jeff Keys

The original golf course at the Mauna Lani Resort was an 18-hole layout called The Classic, designed by Homer Flint and Raymond Cain, and it was first unveiled to the golfing public at the start of the 1980s.

A decade later, Robin Nelson was called in to split the course in two then add another nine holes to the initial nines, forming the 6,913-yard North and 6,938-yard South layouts, both of which play to a par of 72.

The South is probably the better known of the two courses, thanks to it hosting the televised Senior Skins Game between 1990 and 2000, an event that Raymond Floyd managed to win five years running from 1994.

The North requires a little more shot-making skills as it winds around the private properties on the resort, playing through stands of kiawe trees and black lava formations, where feral goats help to crop the native grasses alongside the fairways.

The four par threes are memorable here but the 132-yard 17th is a cut above the others, played from a series of elevated tees into an amphitheatre-like green at the base of a lava bowl, making this hole a photo opportunity not to be missed.

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