62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743, US
(808) 882-7222
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About Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Hawaii Island)

Located on the west side of Hawaii (Big) Island on the Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is an iconic Hawaiian golf resort, founded by Laurence S. Rockafeller, and a member of the historic hotels of America. Robert Trent Jones Sr. built the iconic Mauna Kea Golf Course in 1964 which set the standard for Hawaiian golf at the time and remains one of the state's best resort golf courses. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has 252 guest rooms and suites and is part of the Autograph Collection. Features of the property include Kauna'oa Bay, a white-sand beach with water sports from snorkeling to beach activities. A Keiki kids club is available for guests daily, and there is a spa, tennis, and 2,500-square-foot fitness center. Mauna Kea Spa and Salon is also onsite. In addition to the Mauna Kea Golf Course, Hapuna Golf Course is located next door and a partner property with stay-and-play golf packages.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres1839
Year Opened1964
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual, Bar, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Hawaii Island)

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4.5
465 Reviews (465)

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Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The best layout on the island

Very little wind made for a great day. One group spent a bit too much time taking photos but let us play through. The greens are good but have some irregular patches. The only down side was the condition of the traps - grass growing in some and random sand depth - it didn't help that it seemed no one had raked them after their shots. Still well worrh the visit.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

My Mauna Kea Experience

The course was beautiful and in excellent condition. Greens were in very good shape. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bunkers

All the fairway and green side bunkers were in very poor shape. Looked like they hadn’t been maintained for weeks. Very disappointed for the price paid even on a Hot Deal offer. Regular green fee rate is $250. Would not recommend.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unforgettable Experience!

I had the pleasure of playing this course with my dad in celebration of his 75th birthday and it was an unforgettable experience. The course was in excellent condition and the views were stunning. The pro shop was full of the most irresistible merch and gear I’ve ever seen in a golf shop and I paid nearly as much in there as I did on our pair of green fees. I can’t recommend this course enough, if you have the chance to play here, don’t hesitate, just do it, you will be so glad that you did.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hard and beautiful

Play the shortest tees your ego will
Allow! Back nine is a great fair test of golf although many elevated greens!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

NOV 23 MK round

Well manicured, challenging golf course. Beautiful ocean views from most holes. Unfortunately, the day of play was a really trade windy day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

11-11-22 MK Round

Great golf course, but really challenging with 25-30knot trade winds blasting. Not MK’s fault, but nature really added to the challenge of this round. 2nd 9 was better, winds backed off a bit.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Special Treat on the Big Island

Highly recommend adding this track to your schedule while on the Big Island. Of course, the signature par 3 over the water starts you off on a positive note, but overall the layout is rewarding. Staff very friendly and a fortunate timing slot allowed me to play the course as a solo in just over 3 hours. Never lost a golf ball either!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Not for beginners

I had a great time playing this course, mostly because I got to spend 5 hours with my 83 yr old father. This course is tough with lots of sand and difficult approaches, and we were paired with a very nice relative beginner and her pace was slow (she quit after 14 holes). Very few people on the course so we were not pressured or anything, but the course is hard with lots of sand and difficult elevated greens. My dad played the front tees and that helped, he golfs a lot so he knows how to pace himself. Huge variety of prices including GolfNow and discounts for Marriott Bonvoy and MVCI owners (free club rental). Ask around!

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Low Value

Scenery was excellent, on a clallenging up and down layout with lots of bunkers and perched greens.

On the downside the course conditions seemed like a municipal course. Greens with weeds growing through, weird ridges cut in to greens by mowers. The bunkers were horrible, nobody raked them and lots of dirt and grave. No real starter to speak of and a run down looking clubhouse, was an early warning sign. Goat track is extreme but one of our group used the term!

For the cost it was a fail, better value at the sister course, Hapuna, which is looked after much better, and more professional.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough Course, Beautiful Views

The golf course is very difficult, particularly for a resort course. The course rating and slope reflect the challenge. Lots of bunkers most with inconsistent sand. The rest of the course - greens, fairways, tees were in very good conditions.

Can’t get much better views of the ocean and volcanos on just about every hole.

Pace of play was great (slightly over 4 hours) and the starter was got us out early.

Only concern was lack of help in getting ship sticks labels printed. Had to walk back to the Mauna Kea Hotel to get this done. Recommend that the golf staff have the ability and resources to handle this aspect.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good to be back!

If you can you need to play this course at least once!
Bunkers need a little more sand but overall course in great condition. Need to have more parking since not everyone staying at resort. Great views and one of my favorites on Big Island!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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