Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i (February 23, 2022) – 2022 is off to an amazing start for Mauna Lani Golf as the picturesque golf resort located on the Kohala Coast has received accolades from GolfPass, Golfweek and the Association of Golf Merchandisers.
GolfPass recognized Mauna Lani Golf’s North and South courses in the website’s “Golfers’ Choice 2022: Top Golf Courses in Hawaii” annual ranking – the North Course is ranked No. 5 and the South Course is ranked No. 6 in the Aloha State. In addition, the South course was ranked No. 6 in the “Golfers’ Choice 2022: Top 25 Courses for Pace of Play.” Rankings are based on GolfPass user reviews and scores are based on a course’s overall rating and six subcategory ratings including value, conditions, layout, pace of play, staff friendliness and off-course amenities as voted on by GolfPass readers. Courses need a minimum of 10 reviews over the calendar year to be considered for their Best-of rankings. GolfPass is the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers. GolfPass’ community of golfers share their first-hand experience at thousands of courses worldwide to help other golfers decide where to play their next round.
The North and South courses were also featured in Golfweek’s newest ranking of the “Top 200 Best Resort Courses in the U.S.” found in the recently published “Ultimate Guide of Best Courses” for 2022. Golfweek raters had the North course ranked T122 and the South course T194, in the listing of best resort courses. Every year, Golfweek’s team of course 850 raters surveys more than 3,600 courses – grading each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, these knowledgeable raters have turned in more than 75,000 votes to compile Golfweek’s Best Courses lists.
In late January, Mauna Lani Golf also received a 2022 Platinum Award presented by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM). The AGM Platinum Awards honor the “best of the best” public, private, resort and off-course specialty shops. Recipients of this prestigious award consistently demonstrate efficacious business practices in their retail operations. The program, a combination of the former 100 Best Golf Shops (Golf World Business) and the AGM Front Nine Awards, attracts entries from facilities worldwide.
“It is an honor to be recognized by each of these organizations,” said Dave Ulm, general manager, Mauna Lani Golf & Tennis. “It is a true credit to the hard work and dedication of our retail, agronomic, service and golf ops teams to curate the best experiences for our guests.”
Mauna Lani’s North Course, a Flint, Cain and Nelson design, was built on an ancient lava bed. Overlaying the rugged brown pahoehoe lava flow, the North Course features rolling fairways and through kiawe forests. A 230-acre protected archeological district lies on the northern edge of the North Course, while feral goats roam the course, cropping the grass and providing a unique neutral hazard. The par-3 17th is the signature hole on the North Course as a series of elevated tees form a natural amphitheater with the green at the base of a lava bowl.
The South Course, a Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson design, was built on the 16th century Kaniku lava flow snaking through stark, rugged a‘a lava. A pair of par 3s – the 7th and 15th holes – are Mauna Lani South’s signature holes and are two of the most photographed golf holes in the world. The South Course was home to the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000.
About Mauna Lani Golf Since opening in 1981, the Mauna Lani golf courses have collected numerous “best courses you can play” awards from Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Mauna Lani’s award-winning South Course formerly hosted the prestigious Hawaii State Open and was the site of the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000, hosting many of golf’s greats, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriquez, and Gary Player.
Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection Situated on sacred land marked by royal fishponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens and alluring beaches, Mauna Lani – meaning “mountain reaching heaven,” is an inspiring spiritual haven that captures a distinct sense of place deeply rooted in rich cultural traditions. The all-new luxury lifestyle resort from Auberge Resorts Collection defines a new era of experiential luxury on the Island of Hawaii following a resort-wide re-imagination and renovation which debuted in January 2020. Nowhere in the Hawaiian archipelago is the land more powerful, sacred or alive than this storied and natural place of wonder. Guests are wowed by the transformational experiences, enriching cultural immersion, unrivalled amenities and curated moments. The resort boasts contemporary guest rooms and suites, five private residences, oceanfront dining at the iconic CanoeHouse, three distinct pools, a signature spa and wellness haven, Kainalu Ocean Activities, Living Culture program and an interactive Holoholo Kids Club. For more information on Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection please visit www.aubergeresorts.com/maunalani.
About Troon Mauna Lani Golf is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 630-plus locations around the globe, including managing 650-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 615-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, Casa Verde Golf, and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.